Sale of the Week: Murano Glass From Scarpa and Barovier at Quittenbaum
Creations by architect Carlo Scarpa and designs by Ercole Barovier are the main draw at the Murano Glass sale at Munich’s Quittenbaum on February 25. The top lots include “a canne sommerso a bollicine,” a rare oval cased glass vase with pricked air bubbles and a spiral of blue and purple, which Scarpa designed in 1934 at the start of his collaboration with the Venini workshop. That piece is estimated to sell for €30,000-€40,000 (about $41,000-$55,000). A number of works in murrine glass, the millennium-old Venetian tradition, will be on offer, such as the 1936 “Murrine Romane,” a vase with red rings that is expected to bring in €9,000-€12,000 ($12,000-$17,000) and “Murrina del serpent” bowl, which represents a classic model of the Venini workshop. The bowl, which was produced some time between the 1940s and the early 1960s, is expected to sell for €11,000-€14,000 ($15,000-$19,000).
The sale will also feature works from the Barovier & Toso workshop, which, along with Venini, is another important glass manufacturer, even today. While Scarpa’s works were more architectural, the designs of Ercole Barovier, who headed the firm from the 1920s to the 1960s, were more playful and poetic. Rare “Oriente” objects designed with patterns that hinted in their color and structure at Oriental fabrics, and used a multi-layered, polychromatic technique, will be on offer, including a square vase that is expected to sell for €3,000-€4,000 ($4,000-$5,500).
This sale of nearly 200 lots will offer some additional classics of 20th-century Muranese glass art, including Fratelli Toso’s murrine vases circa 1910, which will sell in the range of €200 ($275), Vittorio Zecchin’s amber vases from the 1920s, selling for €300-€800 ($412-$1,100), and works by Napoleone Martinuzzi, Archimede Seguso, and Dino Martens.