This rare Merletto vase demonstrates Archimede Seguso’s dexterity with Filigrana glass. In it he achieves the three-dimensional equivalent of line-drawing through the use of a single glass cane drawn over and through sculpted folds of scribbled filigree. The overall visual effect is similar to the frenetic drawings of Cy Twombly whose long-time residence in Italy is well known. In recent years, authors have often drawn parallels between the work of post-war Murano glass designers and their contemporaries in the fine arts, but in the case of Archimede Seguso such comparisons are more than justified.
Masterworks of Archimede Seguso
Selected from an important private collection, this work is among a group of vessels created by designer and master blower Archimede Seguso and representing some of his most significant work from the 1950s.
While major auctions of Italian Glass usually include one or two examples of Seguso’s work, this is the first time a diverse and truly impressive group of masterworks are being presented in one sale. To that end, this is a rare opportunity to view a cross-section of Seguso’s best work executed at the height of his powers. It is our hope that in the present context, the depth and power of this historically significant material can be better understood and appreciated.