Important Italian Glass: The Primavera Collection 22 November 2016

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Thomas Stearns


rare Incalmo vase

Venini
1962
doppio incalmo glass
6¼ w x 2½ d x 7 h in (16 x 6 x 18 cm)

result: $143,000


estimate: $70,000–90,000

Incised signature to underside: [Stearns 62].

literature: Murano Glass Themes and Variations (1910-1970), Heiremans, pg. 144, pl. 129 illustrates this example Murano '900, Deboni, pg. 312, pl. 228 illustrates this example

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Thomas Stearns

This rare double incalmo vessel by Thomas Stearns is part of series exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1962. Its outline is similar to the well known Cappello del Doge, but the form of this vase is compressed, almost flattened. With highly iridized gray and black layers separated by a thin amber band, this vase may be the only example of this model. This vase is illustrated in Franco Deboni’s seminal work Murano ‘900, and remains one of Stearns’ most accomplished designs.