carved amethyst glass
6 dia x 15 h in (15 x 38 cm)
Signed with applied foil manufacturer's label to underside: [S.A.L.I.R. Murano]. Incised to underside: [Pelzel 1959 S.A.L.I.R. Murano].provenance: Acquired directly from the S.A.L.I.R. factory, Murano | Franco Deboni, Milan | Christie's East, An Important Private Collection of Italian Glass, 30 November 2000, Lot 36
literature: Murano '900, Deboni, pg. 203, pl. 119 illustrates this example La Verrerie Européenne des Années 50, Vigouroux, pg. 109 illustrates this example
Pelzel for S.A.L.I.R.
One of only two known examples, this flask-shaped vessel was designed by Franz Pelzel for S.A.L.I.R. in 1959. With its organic form, undulating lines and surreal, mannequin-like figures, this piece is perhaps the best example of Pelzel’s evolving modernist aesthetic. Illustrated in numerous texts and widely exhibited, this piece has become an icon of Italian mid-century design.