Jasper52 present Italian and Murano glass in Sept. 28 auction

Romano Dona sculpture, estimated at $1,500-$2,000

Romano Dona sculpture, estimated at $1,500-$2,000

NEW YORK – An Ermanno Nason vase, a Romano Dona sculpture, and a Murano glass vase-lamp with a Mosaico pattern will compete for top lot status at Jasper52’s Italian and Murano Glass auction, which will be offered on Wednesday, September 28 at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The sale contains 102 lots, many of which are devoted to pieces by named artists. Among them are a 1970 sculpture by Pino Signoretto, titled Ulisse in Catene; a submerged sculptural fish created in 1950 by Paolo Rubelli; a Silvano Signoretto paperweight dating to the year 2000; and several classical-style sculptures by Alfredo Barbini, such as Discobolo, a figure of a discus-thrower that he finished in 1950.

Other artists whose works appear in the September 28 sale lineup include an exquisitely pink 1930 vase by Vittorio Zecchin; an undated Licio Zanetti sculpture of a leaping fish; a range of pieces from Francesco Ragazzi, including a horse sculpture completed earlier this year; another take on a horse, done in 1990 by Giancarlo Signoretto, rendered with a flying, cobalt blue mane; and an Adriano Dalla Valentina vase with an exquisitely classical shape.

Ermanno Nason Prolifi vase, estimated at $9,000-$11,000

Ermanno Nason Profili vase, estimated at $9,000-$11,000

Ermanno Nason (1928-2013) had much to live up to, having been born on the Italian island of Murano to a family with a reputation for glass-making that spanned centuries. He delivered, and ultimately worked with a host of art-world stars that included Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Max Ernst. In 1964, Nason created Profili, a rugged-looking signed piece that had two upturned profiles painted on it that were repeated in the face-like shape of the vase. It is estimated at $9,000-$11,000.

Like Nason, Romano Dona (b. 1956-) was born on Murano to a longtime glass-making family. He worked with Livio Seguso for two decades and won the Premio Murano award, an honor given to master glass artists, in 1987. Dona is represented in the sale in the form of Mother and Son, an aqua-blue signed sculpture dating to 1960 and carrying an estimate of $1,500-$2,000.

Amedeo Rossetto Mosaico vase-lamp, estimated at $7,000-$8,000

Amedeo Rossetto Mosaico vase-lamp, estimated at $7,000-$8,000

The glass vase-lamp with a Mosaico pattern is the work of Amedeo Rosetto (b. 1951-), who shares the same background as Nason and Dona. He trained at Barovier and Toso under Carlo Tosi and earned master status at the age of 24. The piece in the auction, which is signed, features a highly detailed surface with a muted palette, and was created in 2015. Its estimate is $7,000-$8,000.


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