Important Italian Glass: The Primavera Collection 22 November 2016

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Flavio Poli


Valva vase, model 9814

Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Italy, 1954
sommerso glass
7¼ w x 2¾ d x 9 h in (18 x 7 x 23 cm)

result: $25,000


estimate: $20,000–30,000

provenance: Colette and Jean-Claude Bester, Paris
literature: Murano '900, Deboni, pg. 226, pl. 142 illustrates this example Seguso Vetri D'Arte: Glass Objects from Murano (1932-1973), Heiremans, pg. 264 illustrates similar example

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Flavio Poli and Seguso Vetri d’Arte

Looking over the vast production of Seguso Vetri d’Art during the post-war years, one is immediately able to recognize different levels of quality in terms of design. 

From the typical array of Murano tableware, lamp-bases and figurines to elegant, highly refined sculptural objets d’arte, artistic director Flavio Poli  seemed to be able to cater to every level of taste. 

This adaptability makes sense when one considers the dire economic situation of Europe in the post war years when Murano’s glassmakers were desperate to re-establish contact with international markets. 

Beginning around 1950, Poli’s experimentation with Sommerso glass led to the celebrated Valva series; a group of vessels based on abstract representations of sea life. The rarefied gem-tone colors and sober forms of these pieces were achieved through extensive cutting and polishing which made them extremely expensive to produce, hence their rarity today.  

Throughout the 50s and 60s Flavio Poli’s Sommerso vessels received international recognition and acclaim as superior examples of 20th century Murano art glass design and craftsmanship. The Valva and Sommerso vases in the Primavera Collection represent Poli’s genius at its best.