It is difficult to understand how Archimede Seguso was able to achieve the visual drama of the Macchie Ambra pieces. They seem simple—spots of color, clear glass, and gold leaf. But the visual effect is far more powerful and complex—piercing, twisting and asymmetry are all employed to give a sculptural essence to bowls and vases.
Sometimes taken for granted, the greatness of this series is often hidden in plain sight, possibly because its aesthetic has become ubiquitous—a style so essentially 50s that we fail to recognize it as the avatar of biomorphic design that it is. The piece presented here is a powerful sculptural object; blown, pierced and manipulated, Seguso has sublimated and transformed the materiality of his own ancestral tradition.
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.