NEW YORK – Many fine examples of 20th century Venetian art glass will be offered by Jasper52 in an online-only auction on Saturday April 1. The auction features vases, bowls and sculptures that were crafted on the Venetian island of Murano, which has been a glassmaking center since the 13th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Examples of Venetian glass range from a colorful swirl bowl signed Pauly Venezia (est. $300-$400) to a rare Murano white over black art glass vase designed by Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni and signed “Venini 98” (est. $1,500-$2,000).
A pair of Ansolo Fuga designed “mood” face drinking glasses are a 1960s reinvention of his original enamel faces glasses made three decades earlier. In the style of Jean Cocteau, they feature thee different faces: smiley, sad or annoyed, and kissing face. Each eye becomes part of the next face as the glass is turned.
Another whimsical piece, a large Murano parrot is documented to the Seguso Vetri D’ Arte company. The art glass sculptures stands 10 3/4 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide.
Just as rare is a Murano glass hand-blown deep green and flashed iridescent abstract pitcher vase, which is documented as a Giorgio Ferro “Anse Volante” piece for the A.Ve.M. (Arte Vetraria Muranese) company. The stylish modern design is 14 inches high and carries a $3,000-$4,000 estimate.
Topping the high estimate scale at $4,000-$5,000 is a 1920s Murano Soffiati blue art glass attributed to Vittorio Zecchin and V.S.M. Capellin Venini & Co.
Another unusual lot is a colorful arrangement of German hand-blown glass tulips from the 1920s.
This 77-lot auction is filled with beautifully crafted objects, including art glass paperweights and Waterford crystal.