Modern Expressions at Artistica Barovier

Composed of spiraling canes and stylized murrine leaf forms, this Artistica Barovier vase could be seen as an abstract representation of leaves caught in wind. While the spherical shape is typical of Ercole Barovier’s work during the mid-1920s, the use of canes in this piece may be unique. It is interesting to note that Ercole signed many of the Mosaico vases produced during this period, including this example, which was not standard practice. 

While the spherical shape is typical of Barovier’s work, the use of canes in this piece may be unique.

As principal Art Director of Barovier for nearly five decades, Ercole was continually seeking new forms of expression. In the Mosaico vases of the 1920s he achieved a uniquely modern sensibility through the use of expressionist colors, naturalistic forms and geometric patterning.

Throughout his long career Ercole would return again and again to the Mosaico vases of the 1920s for inspiration. Famous post-war series such as Sidone, Parabolici and Intarsio, to name a few, can be seen as direct aesthetic descendants of Ercole’s mosaics. Likewise, the use of spiraling canes in this vase may have inspired later series such as Striato (1954).

Ercole Barovier 1889–1974

The nearly fifty year tenure of Ercole Barovier as artistic director, designer and owner of Barovier & Toso is unprecedented in the history of Murano glass, and the firm’s success stands as a testament to his singular artistic talent and entrepreneurial genius.

Born in 1889 to a Muranese family that could trace its origins back to the 13th century, Barovier did not train as a glassblower but had a great passion for glass and quickly distinguished himself as an innovative designer. He joined Artisti Barovier in 1919 at the age of thirty and found success designing vases in the mosaic technique. In 1930 he produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning Primavera series, the success of which encouraged him to continue his experiments.

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Auction Results Ercole Barovier

ERCOLE BAROVIER, Murrine vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Murrine vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $317,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Important Primavera vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Important Primavera vase

estimate: $250,000–350,000
result: $293,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Important Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Important Mosaico vase

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $257,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Vaso Mosaico | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Vaso Mosaico

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $245,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Primavera Piccione | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Primavera Piccione

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $231,250
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Mosaico vase

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $200,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare and Important Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare and Important Mosaico vase

estimate: $200,000–300,000
result: $193,750
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Primavera vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Primavera vase

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $187,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Primavera Elephante | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Primavera Elephante

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $162,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Primavera Pesce | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Primavera Pesce

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $162,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Cactus sculpture | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Cactus sculpture

estimate: $60,000–90,000
result: $150,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Vaso mosaico | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Vaso mosaico

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $149,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Mosaico vase

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $102,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, monumental Rostrati vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

monumental Rostrati vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $100,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Vetro Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Vetro Mosaico vase

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $93,750
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Intarsio vase

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $87,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Laguna Gemmata vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Laguna Gemmata vase

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $81,250
ERCOLE BAROVIER, monumental Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

monumental Intarsio vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $75,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, prototype Tessere vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

prototype Tessere vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $69,850
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Intarsio vase

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $65,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Intarsio vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $62,500
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Vetro Mosaico vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Vetro Mosaico vase

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $55,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Rare Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Rare Intarsio vase

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $55,000
ERCOLE BAROVIER, Intarsio vase | wright20.com

Ercole Barovier

Intarsio vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $52,500