Rare Egeo vaseBarovier & Toso
rectangular glass tessere
4½ dia x 14½ h in (11 x 37 cm)
provenance: Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris | Galerie Marc André Hubin and Denis Bosselet, Paris | Galerie Yvonne Benda, Zurich | Colette and Jean-Claude Bester, Paris
exhibited: XXX Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, 1960, Venice
literature: Il Vetro di Murano alle Biennali 1895-1972, Barovier, Barovier Mentasti and Dorigato, pg. 91 illustrates this example Venetian Glass 1890-1990, Barovier Mentasti, pg. 100 illustrates model Ercole Barovier 1888-1974: Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato, pg. 111 illustrates model Italian Glass Murano Milan 1930-1970, Ricke and Schmitt, ppg. 259, 298 illustrate model
The present lot featured in a period photo from the XXX Biennale, Venice, 1960. (Photograph courtesy of Marino Barovier)
Designed in 1960, Egeo is another example of Barovier’s use of tessere in a novel and dynamic way. The oversized, jagged-edged tessere in opaque green and transparent amethyst glass convey an almost Pop-Art aesthetic while at the same time provide a poetic reference to classical antiquity. This is one of two known examples in this shape, the other is in the permanent collection of the Steinberg Foundation in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.