In the Polveri (Massicci Sfumati) series, partially melted pigments are used to create a smoky and diffused visual effect. As with Macchie Ambra, these pieces are often pierced and twisted, in fact the two series often share the same forms. In the piece presented here, a rare color combination has been used — purple, red and blue powders which, in combination with the gold leaf and twisting form, create a stunning visual effect. When seen from different angles, a vast array of deep, moody colors materialize and transform, enhancing the sculptural dynamism of the vessel.
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.