Period drawing, c. 1934

Tomaso Buzzi 1900–1981

Born in Sondrio in 1900, Tomaso Buzzi became interested in art, design and craftsmanship at an early age. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, and soon after graduation began his career designing interiors, creating theatrical stage sets and costumes, and doing graphic design for books and magazines. In 1927, he was one of the original founders of the influential Il Labirinto group along with Paolo Venini, Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Carla Visconti di Modrone, Emilio Lancia, and others. The aim of Il Labirinto was to “promote modern design for the home”. In 1932 he became art director at Venini, and though his tenure only lasted until 1934, his influence had a lasting impact on the company. From 1930 to 1950 he taught architecture in Milan, and also devoted himself to artistic and functional design, working with lighting, furniture, silver, ceramics and iron. In the 1950s, Buzzi’s tastes moved away from Modernism and back towards Neo-Classicism, his first aesthetic love. By the end of the 1950s he dedicated himself almost entirely to painting, and only occasionally took on private commissions. He died in Rapallo, Genoa, in 1981.

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TOMASO BUZZI, rare and monumental a Reticello vase | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

rare and monumental a Reticello vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $158,750
TOMASO BUZZI, Rare Lattimo double-necked vase | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Rare Lattimo double-necked vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $125,000
TOMASO BUZZI, Rare Zoomorphic Lattimo Argento vase, model 3423 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Rare Zoomorphic Lattimo Argento vase, model 3423

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $118,750
TOMASO BUZZI, Laguna vase | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Laguna vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $75,000
TOMASO BUZZI, monumental Alga vase, model 1872 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

monumental Alga vase, model 1872

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $37,500
TOMASO BUZZI, Rare a Rilievi vase, model 3497 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Rare a Rilievi vase, model 3497

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
TOMASO BUZZI, Rare Tazzina and Saucer, model 705 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Rare Tazzina and Saucer, model 705

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
TOMASO BUZZI, Laguna vase, model 3150 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Laguna vase, model 3150

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $22,500
TOMASO BUZZI, Monumental Alba vase, model 1872 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Monumental Alba vase, model 1872

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $21,250
TOMASO BUZZI, Rare Lattimo vase, model 3450 | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Rare Lattimo vase, model 3450

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750
TOMASO BUZZI, Incamiciato vase | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Incamiciato vase

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $16,250
TOMASO BUZZI, Alba vase | wright20.com

Tomaso Buzzi

Alba vase

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $15,000