Murano glass brought Italian art glass back to the forfront of international design. Some of the best-crafted, most vibrant, and desirable examples were made during the postwar boom from the late 1940's to the 60's.
Some Murano designers to look for are Paolo Venni, Carl Scarpa, Dino Martens, Flavio Poli, Gio Ponti, and Fulvio Bianconi.
If you are lucky enough to own some Murano glass from the golden period it could be worth a small fortune- especially if it is by a top studio such as Venini &C.
The small island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon has been home to glassmakers since the 14th century, and its glassworks have always borrowed freely from each other. Studying the best wares will help you to spot good quality pieces by lesser known designers and factories, which are available at more modest prices.