Auction 158C

Murano Glass

14. October 2021 at 3:00 PM

Consignments until
16. July 2021

Pre auction report

A rare vase by Thomas Stearns for Venini from 1961/62.

This time we can offer a very rare vase designed by the US artist Thomas Stearns for Venini. The amber vase ' A Fili' with gray-brown thread application was created in 1961/62 and is estimated at € 18.000 - 28.000.

Thomas Stearns received a one-year scholarship to Italy in 1960 and decided to join the avant-garde glass manufacturer Venini. A student at the Memphis Academy of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he was mainly active in the field of painting and experimented only briefly with flat glass. At Venini, he initially had difficulty getting his ideas implemented. The famous glassblower maestro 'Boboli' (Arturo Biasutto) refused to execute his mostly asymmetrical designs. But then another glassblower, 'Checco' Ongaro, took him on. This apparently resulted in a very fruitful collaboration, although neither Stearns spoke Italian nor 'Checco' English. Stearns stayed at the manufactory for only two years and was inspired by the special atmosphere of the lagoon city. His nocturnal walks are said to have inspired his often dark compositions. In 1962, six of his works were exhibited at the 31st Biennale and received the gold medal.

For more than 20 years we have been selling glass art from Murano twice a year in a special auction. We look forward to receiving your objects for the upcoming auction on October 14, 2021. We will gladly accept consignments until the end of July 2021. We are always looking for high quality works by Barovier & Toso, Venini, Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Archimede Seguso, Fratelli Toso, Aureliano Toso, A.Ve.M. and others.

Our expert Askan Quittenbaum is at your disposal for a first non-binding assessment.