Important Italian Glass: The Primavera Collection 22 November 2016

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Ercole Barovier


Important Primavera vase

Artistica Barovier
Italy, 1929-1930
primavera glass with applied blue-black glass details
9½ dia x 9 h in (24 x 23 cm)

result: $293,000


estimate: $250,000–350,000

provenance: Acquired from a private South American collection through Maurizio Cocchi, Galleria In.Arte, Milan
literature: Murano Glass: Themes and Variations (1910-1970), Heiremans, pg. 111, pl. 93 illustrate this example Glaswerk Aardewerk Kant Maart 1931, Stedelijk Museum te Amsterdam, pg. 17 illustrates similar example Art of the Barovier: Glassmakers in Murano 1866-1972, Barovier, ppg. 112-119 illustrate series

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Primavera Vase

Perhaps the most beautiful, rarefied and poetic of all Primavera objects, the vase presented here represents Ercole Barovier’s first, and perhaps finest triumph as a designer of 20th century Murano art glass.  

When presented at the Biennale of 1930 Primavera glass was immediately recognized as an icon of late jazz-age style. Featured in numerous period photographs, this particular model is seen by many as the ultimate expression of pre-war Murano art glass; it possesses a lush baroque sensuality expressed in a reduced modernist form. Embellished with rich, oversized dimensional drops executed in blue-black glass applied over a spherical semi-transparent body, the visual impact of the vase conveys both high medieval and modernist sensibilities.