Design Masterworks 19 May 2016

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Ercole Barovier


Tessere Ambra vase

Barovier & Toso
Italy, 1957
alternating glass tessere edged in amethyst
6¾ dia x 6½ h in (17 x 17 cm)


estimate: $20,000–30,000

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

provenance: An Important American Collection
literature: Venetian Art Glass: An American Collection 1840-1970, Barovier, pg. 153 illustrates series Art Glass from Murano 1910-1970, Heiremans, pl. 49, pg. 56 illustrates similar example Ercole Barovier 1889-1974: Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato, pg. 103 illustrates series

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Tessere Ambra

Flexible Geometry

Period photo of additional Tessere Ambra forms. (Reproduced from Venedig Zeigt Glas Aus Murano by Giovanni Mariacher, 1958, Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst)

Rectangular orange-caramel sections of semi-opaque glass edged in amethyst achieve a surprisingly flexible structural geometry in Tessere Ambra. Designed in 1956, this series marks the beginning of two decades of successful experimentation with glass tessere. The piece presented here exhibits nearly perfect geometric patterning in a rare and unusual form.