Design Masterworks 19 May 2016

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Ercole Barovier


Rare Tessere Policrome vase

Barovier & Toso
Italy, c. 1964
policrome glass tessere
6¼ dia x 6¾ h in (16 x 17 cm)

result: $40,000


estimate: $30,000–50,000

This vase is part of a rare series in which only two other examples are known.

Signed with partially applied paper manufacturer's label to underside: [Barovier & Toso Murano 12 Made in Italy].

provenance: An Important American Collection
literature: Venetian Art Glass: An American Collection 1840-1970, Barovier, pg. 170 illustrates this example Ercole Barovier 1888-1974: Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato, pg. 118 illustrates other examples from series

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Tessere Policrome

One-Off Rarity

(Photograph reproduced from Ercole Barovier 1888-1974: Vetraio Muranese by Attilia Dorigato, 1989, Marsilio Editori)

Both eccentric and highly refined, the vibrant colors, complex patterning and one-off rarity of the tessere policrome make them distinctive artistic statements by a master designer at the height of his powers. This spherical vase along with the vessel and shallow plate pictured above are the only known examples of this model.