Flavio Poli at Barovier Seguso Ferro
A Triumph of Novecento Style
The vase presented here was made by the Barovier Seguso Ferro firm in the mid-1930s and represents a very sophisticated collaboration between art director and designer Flavio Poli and the young master blower Alfredo Barbini. First presented at the Triennale di Milano in 1936, the vase was immediately recognized as a triumph of Italian Novecento style. Executed in Grigio Oro glass—a layer of black sandwiched between two layers of opalescent glass and then finished with a dusting of gold leaf - the gray, metallic appearance of the vase enhances its feeling of sculptural solidity. The thick wavy applications on the body contrast with the horizontal applications at the neck to create a highly dynamic visual tension. As one of only three examples known, this extremely rare vase illustrates a particular moment in history when modernist ideas of sculptural plasticity became manifest in high-concept Murano glass objects. One could make the argument that this is the most important vase made at Seguso during the pre-war years as it gave the young company its own stylistic identity.