Archimede Seguso

During his long life (1909–1999) Archimede Seguso worked in many of Murano’s most important glasshouses, but ultimately he would become famous for founding and operating his own.

At a young age he became an apprentice at Vetreria Artistica Barovier where his father was a partner. In 1933 he became a founding member and principal master blower at Barovier Seguso Ferro. Here he collaborated extensively with the young designer Flavio Poli and earned a reputation as one of the greatest master blowers on the island.

In 1946 he established his own workshop, Vetreria Archimede Seguso where he served as designer and master blower, personally executing almost every piece for more than 40 years. During this time he developed many innovative designs that employed complex ancient techniques, such as Filigrana, and successfully re-imagined them to suit post-war tastes.

Widely exhibited and praised during the 50s and 60s, series such as Merletto, Composizione Lattimo and Petali Filigranti stand as testament to his greatness both as designer and master blower.

The pieces presented in this collection represent Archimede Seguso at his best: they exhibit an amazing technical virtuosity coupled with a refined sensibility of form and design which even today seem fresh and contemporary.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest glass blowers of the 20th century, Archimede Seguso’s creativity and technical mastery continue to inspire and amaze.

Archimede Seguso 1909–1999

During his long life Archimede Seguso worked in many of Murano’s most important glasshouses, but he would ultimately become famous for establishing and operating his own.

At a young age Seguso became an apprentice at the Vetreria Artistica Barovier where his father was a partner. In 1933 he became a founding member and principal master blower of the Barovier Seguso Ferro firm, which would become Seguso Vetri d’Arte in 1937. Here he collaborated extensively with the young designer Flavio Poli and earned a reputation as one of the greatest master blowers on the island.

In 1946 he established his own workshop, Veteria Archimede Seguso, where he served as both designer and master blower, personally executing almost every piece produced there for more than 40 years. During this time he developed many innovative glass designs that employed complex ancient techniques, such as Filigrana and successfully re-imagined them to suit post-war tastes.

Auction Results Archimede Seguso

ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, A Piume vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

A Piume vase

estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $106,250
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Zig Zag vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Zig Zag vase

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $81,250
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto vase

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $57,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto bowl | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto bowl

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $52,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, rare Merletto vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

rare Merletto vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, A Festoni Biennale vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

A Festoni Biennale vase

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $42,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, rare biomorphic Merletto bowl | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

rare biomorphic Merletto bowl

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto Frastagliato vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto Frastagliato vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $37,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto vase, model 10039 | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto vase, model 10039

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Rare Ad Anelli vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Rare Ad Anelli vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $21,250
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Merletto vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Merletto vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,480
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, a Piume Collegate vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

a Piume Collegate vase

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $19,200
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, Composizione Lattimo vase | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

Composizione Lattimo vase

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $19,200
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO, A Polveri vase, model 6733 | wright20.com

Archimede Seguso

A Polveri vase, model 6733

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750