The present lot is perhaps the only example of this model executed in Laguna glass, and is therefore extremely rare.
This vase is part of series of vessels designed by Tomaso Buzzi for the Biennale de Venezia of 1932. At the time, Buzzi had only recently been hired as artistic director of Venini after the sudden departure of Napoleone Martinuzzi. The fact that Buzzi was able to design such a dynamic series of vessels in such a short period of time is remarkable. For the most part, these pieces were executed in Laguna, Alba and Alga —thin-walled, multi-layered, experimental glass of Buzzi’s own invention.
In the design of this series it is interesting to note that Buzzi made no literal references to the history of Murano glass. Instead he drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources including ancient Etruscan animal-shaped Askoi vessels, ancient metalwork, and Surrealism: double necked vessels, looping handles, motifs of steam, bridges, single and double hearts, pairs of hands, snails, rams, unicorns, birds and even a spiked dog collar and a set of golf clubs. Along with these avant-garde models Buzzi created vessels with very elegant forms inspired by Chinese ceramics (and, undoubtedly, by the sensibilities of the young designer and architect Carlo Scarpa, who worked as Buzzi's assistant during this period).
A few of the models from this series were later added to Venini’s general production, but many, including the Boccia dei cavallini marini, were made in very limited numbers due to the technical difficulty and high cost of their production. The present lot is perhaps the only example of this model executed in Laguna glass, and is therefore extremely rare.