Auction 137C

Murano Glass

22. February 2018 at 3:00 PM CET


Murano Glass - Rare glass designs by Carlo Scarpa and Ercole Barovier are among the offer of almost 180 lots

The auction is well-stocked with 178 objects not only of the higher price range but furthermore attractive to newcomers.

The vibrant pink vase with rough structured 'Corroso a rilievi' surface was designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini around 1936. The vase, estimated at €30,000 – 40,000, belongs among the most popular works by the famous architect who used to dominate Venini's design department from the middle of the 1930s to the middle of the 1940s and even influenced the style of other glass artists of the laguna. His 'Battuto bicolore' vase, c1940 (€12,000 – 14,000), is of a similar rarity. Its compact shape with a short collar is decorated with hammer blow-like cutting and impresses with its wavy layers in light green and dark red. A classic 'Murrina del serpente' bowl, a model still in production today, here demonstrably dated pre-1965, is therefore on offer for €5,000 – 8,000.

Works by Ercole Barovier have increased in popularity in the last few years, which may have caused one or two collectors to part with one or another exceptional piece. A 'Tessere ambra' vase, with a height of 40 cm, in an early execution, will be on offer for €10,000 – 12,000. Due to its age, another vase, an 'Intarsio', in the classic colour combination red and grey, will certainly be popular, it is estimated at €10,000 – 12,000 as well. The 'Oriente' décor, designed by Barovier in the 1940s, can be found in a shapely vase with vibrant colours, on offer for €7,000 – 9,000. Last but not least the 'Lenti' vase in raspberry red with burst gold foil that will be called up at €4,000.

The price range up to €5,000 features quite a few vases by Fulvio Bianconi (two 'Pezzato' vases), Archimede Seguso ('A Piume') and Anzolo Fuga. Newcomers to the popular collection area will find a multi-faceted offer. Charming 'A Sommerso' vases by Flavio Poli are available for under €500 and attractive works by Paolo Venini can be purchased between €500 and 1,000.  

Many a hammer went down in favour of several collectors from Munich, Berlin and the United States. New York-based dealers bought extensively. Quittenbaum is very pleased with a knock-down rate of 55% per lots, and a price increase of 90% per sum.

Carlo Scarpa's 'Battuto bicolore' vase was the most expensive piece of the auction, having received almost €15,000. The small vase with cut surface on red/green ground was sold to a New York-based collector. Ercole Barovier's 'Oriente', 'Tessere ambra' and 'Intarsio' vases followed with €13,000 each. Barovier's 'Crepuscolo' vase more than quadrupled its reserve price with a sum of €8,500. A 'Sommerso' vase by Flavio Poli experienced the highest price increase, the rare colour combination in yellow and orange was called up at €250 and received €3,600 in the end.

Roberto Sebastiàn Matta's sculpture, made by the legendary Fucina degli Angeli, went into an American collection for €9,000. Anzolo Fuga's work was popular as well, most pieces went for €4,000 – 5,000.

We are already looking forward to receiving your consignments for our next Murano sale in October.

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Post auction sale ends on March 23.