Auction 164C

Murano Glass

22. September 2022 at 3:00 PM CEST


Over 200 items of Muranese glass art from the period 1880 to 2010 will make collectors' hearts beat faster. All the important glass manufacturers and designers who made the great artistic spectrum of this epoch possible are represented. The earliest works still cannot deny the models they follow, from Antiquity and Renaissance. The advent of the Modernism of the 1920s is clearly recognizable in the thin-walled glasses whose designs impress through the sure instincts of their designers, who succeeded in bringing together traditional and contemporary ideas and often belonged to the avant-garde of art and architecture. After the Second World War, the color palette exploded. The 1950s and 60s stand out through their variety of colors and shapes, and experiments with thick-walled, multi-layered glasses are also omnipresent.

A small collection of eleven vases from the Barovier & Toso manufactory stems from a private Austrian collection. The highlight here is the 'Intarsio' vase from 1961, in the particularly rare color combination azure and blood red, estimated at € 3,000 - 4,000. The 'Caccia' vase, decorated with green and white murrine will also be coveted by collectors. It will be up for auction at the same price. The 'Sidereo' vase, designed in 1966 and decorated with deep violet rings, is estimated at € 1,500 - 2,000. The collection was acquired in Venice in the 1960s and has been in the family ever since. The most valued vase in this auction, designed by Ercole Barovier, is a tall 'A spira‘ vase, decorated with a blue and white wavy ribbon on shattered gold foil that will be called up for € 9,000 - 12,000.

Also for € 9,000 - 12,000, the mythical creature that Fulvio Bianconi designed for Venini in 1948/49 can be purchased. In 1952, Bianconi created the 'A spicchi' decor. A vase in the characteristic colors azure, pink and purple is on offer for € 2,500-3,000. Other highlights from Venini come from Carlo Scarpa, among others. A 'Mezza filigrana' vase from 1934, decorated with fine violet threads, leads the range here with an estimate of € 4,500 - 5,500.

A very rare small bowl from 1881 is another important item in the auction. Vincenzo Moretti created the round bowl from fused quadrant-shaped, mosaic-like ribbons and murrine in cobalt and aventurine (€ 8,000 - 9,000). Its model from antiquity is evident.