Design Masterworks 19 May 2016

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Ercole Barovier


Rare and Important Primavera Tree form

Artistica Barovier
Italy, 1929-1930
primavera glass with black pasta vitrea details
8 w x 5¾ d x 17 h in (20 x 15 x 43 cm)


estimate: $50,000–70,000

provenance: An Important American Collection
exhibited: IV Esposizione Internazionali delle Arti Decorative e Industriali Moderne, 1930, Monza XVII Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, 1930, Venice
literature: Venetian Art Glass: An American Collection 1840-1970, Barovier, pg. 98 illustrates this example Ercole Barovier 1888-1974: Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato, pg. 20 illustrates series

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Primavera

Experimental Glass Design

The present lot illustrated in a period photo from the Barovier & Toso archives, c. 1930. (Photograph courtesy of Marino Barovier)

Produced for the Venice Biennale of 1930, Primavera was a radical departure from all that came before it. The series included vases, bowls, lidded vessels, candlesticks and sculptures, all executed in an experimental, milky white glass composed of webs of tiny bubbles and thread-like craquelures. The startling appearance of the glass was made even more dramatic by the addition of contrasting details in deep amethyst and cobalt blue. Due to the complex and experimental nature of the glass, it was never reproduced and is, therefore, extremely rare. Primavera was alsothe first in a series of daring and experimental designs by Ercole Barovierthat would prove to be both critically and commercially successful.