There are several known versions of Dino Martens’s Geltrude vase, but none are more famous than this example as it appeared on the cover of Marc Heiremans’s book, Art Glass From Murano, in 1993. At the time, the vase was in the collection of the famed Fifty/50 Gallery in New York City. Since then it has resided in an important private collection in New York.

Dino Martens 1894–1970

Born in Venice in 1894, Dino Martens studied painting and design at the Accademia di Belle Art in Rome. A talented artist, his paintings were exhibited at the Venice Biennale between 1924 and 1930. In the mid-1920s, Martens was a partner and decorator for S.A.L.I.R. and later took a position as designer for Salviati & Co. In 1939, upon returning from the African War, Martens became artistic director for the famed glass firm, Aureliano Toso.

Martens' work for Aureliano Toso has become legendary for its inventiveness, experimentation and excess. His innovative use of oversized murrines, brightly colored metallic powders and fragments of glass rods, all expressed in wildly biomorphic forms, have become synonymous with Murano glass style of the 1950s.

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