The most important collection of post-war Italian glass to ever be presented at auction comes to Wright. The sale is comprised of masterworks by Fulvio Bianconi, Paolo Venini, Thomas Stearns, Ercole Barovier and Dino Martens. 

From a Chicago couple, the collection of more than 100 works captures the innovation and spirit that defines post-war Murano glass. Built with passion and enthusiasm over the course of several decades, this remarkable collection presents a rare opportunity for both glass enthusiasts and design collectors. 

All lots will be on view in our New York gallery starting May 9th. The auction will occur in Chicago on May 23rd, 12 pm central.

Thomas Stearns  Sentinella di Venezia  $300,000–500,000

A masterwork of design by Thomas Stearns stands as the highlight of the collection. La Sentinella di Venezia, one of only two examples remaining, is a tour-de-force of imagination and expression, perfectly representing Stearns impact on the history of Murano glass. For two years, starting in 1960, Stearns worked at Venini challenging the glass maestros with his experimental and complex designs. Stearns teamed with the young and talented glass blower, “Checco” Ongarno, to create a small body of distinctly original glass works. La Sentinella di Venezia offered here, one from a series of three, was the culmination of his tenure at Venini. 

Learn more about Thomas Stearns

“Reluctantly closing the end of my two years at Venini, I was urged to foster one last token of my efforts—a salute—as well as an omen you might say—one’s own metaphysical format of delight and despair, smile and tears. As it were, the Sentinels of Venice were wed... a collective of fascination, wonderment, chagrin, piety, and apathy for my beloved acquired home, Venice.”

Thomas Stearns

Fulvio Bianconi  Con Macchie Vase  $90,000 – 120,000

The auction will include a full-color catalog with original essays by Jim Oliveira and Sara Blumberg. Pre-order your copy today! 

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Ercole BarovierIntarsio Vase $30,000 – 40,000

Select Highlights from the Sale

Ercole Barovier

Bicolori vase
estimate: $8,000–10,000

Ercole Barovier

Intarsio vase
estimate: $8,000–10,000

Ercole Barovier

Millefili vase
estimate: $8,000–10,000

Fulvio Bianconi

A Spicchi vase, model 4316
estimate: $15,000–20,000

Fulvio Bianconi

Fasce Orizzontale vase, model 4226
estimate: $10,000–15,000

Fulvio Bianconi

Pezzato Americano vase, model 4397
estimate: $9,000–12,000

Fulvio Bianconi

A Rete vase, model 4228
estimate: $20,000–30,000

Fulvio Bianconi

Pezzato Americano vase, model 3541
estimate: $25,000–35,000

A truly great American collection built over the course of several decades, the auction is destined to be a landmark event. More details coming soon... 

Dino Martens  Geltrude Vase  $30,000 – 40,000

Important Italian Glass:
A Private Chicago Collection

For more information about
the sale, please contact:

312 563 0020

Preview / New York 
9 – 23 May 2018
11 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday

Auction / Chicago 
23 May 2018
12 pm central

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