The Murano glass masters have worked to the recreation of historical 16th century perfume bottles – the so called “Achanini”. These unique pieces have been realised following the few information and images still available, as there are no samples left in the venetian territory.


Achanini are perfume bottles, characterised by the most fascinating shapes, which used to be realised in crystal with a long and narrow neck, enamelled by beautiful figures of many various origin.


The five bottles have been realised by Gambaro e Poggi and Vetreria Pino Signoretto, and decorated by Albertini e Spezzamonte. They are companies associated to Promovetro, managing g authority for the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark.

Starting from May the bottles will be exposed at Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Centre of the History of Fabrics and Costumes.

This project was born thanks to the collaboration among the Foundation for the Museums of Venice and Mavive; now the museum has a part dedicated to ancient perfumes and essences.


This is going to be just a first collaboration between Promovetro and Mavive Spa, working together for the world of essences and perfumes.


“Glass art – says Marco Vidal, sales manager of Mavive Spa and Curator of “Percorsi del Profumo” (perfume’s paths) at Palazzo Mocenigo – has been connected to perfume art since centuries, and Venice and Murano have a fundamental role in this, as here is where the first perfume bottles were produced.

Thanks to the precious collaboration of Consorzio Promovetro, the “Achanini” have been reproduced, to embellish the “perfume’s paths” of Palazzo Mocenigo.

Murano Glass and perfume will be protagonists during the next months of other initiatives to valorise this relationship”.


“We are very glad to participate to this project – says Luciano Gambaro, President of Consorzio Promovetro. It has been a long and complicated process, between historical researches and artistic interpretation. We are very proud of the creation of these artistic objects characterised by Murano origins, which were considered to be lost. And to have them characterised by the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark is fundamental to us.


Here are some curiosities about these glass artworks: some of them were found on a venetian ship wrecked close to Dalmatia’s costs in 1583. A “Achanino” realised in half filigree from the second half of the 16th century is kept at the British Museum.


These pieces are also mentioned by the Tuscany writer Pietro Aretino (1492 – 1556), in one of his letters. The writer knew Murano and its furnaces very well, and wrote about them to Francesco Priscianese on 26th February 1540.