Wright auction devoted to Italian glass masterpieces April 2

Italian glass masterpieces

Ercole Barovier, Mosaico vase, Vetreria Artistica Barovier, 1924-25, clear glass murrines edged with cobalt, amethyst and emerald, 11¾in diameter x 9¾in. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Wright image

CHICAGO – On Thursday, April 2, Wright will present the next chapter in their groundbreaking auction series Important Italian Glass. With over 100 works from significant collections around the world, this sale includes remarkably rare examples never before seen on the market. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights of the prewar portion of the sale include rare Artisti Barovier vases, an exceptional Mosaico vase designed by Anna Akerdahl, vases and objects from the Primavera series designed by Ercole Barovier, sculptural and figural works by Napoleone Martinuzzi and Carlo Scarpa, and a special section devoted to the Soffiato designs of Vittorio Zecchin.

Italian glass masterpieces

Ercole Barovier, Primavera vase, Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C., circa 1930, Primavera glass with applied details, 10in diameter x 10¾in. Estimate: $150,000-$180,000. Wright image

Postwar works include iconic vases by Fulvio Bianconi, Paolo Venini, Thomas Stearns and Archimede Seguso among others.

Italian glass masterpieces

Vittorio Zecchin, Le pantere bowl, circa 1919, glass with hand-painted decoration in gold and polychrome enamels, decorated by Vittorio Gazzagon, 7¼in x 5½ in. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Wright image

This edition of Important Italian Glass, curated by experts Sara Blumberg and Jim Oliveira, represents an exceptional opportunity for collectors.

Italian glass masterpieces

Vittorio Zecchin, Soffiato vase with handles, Italy, 1921-25, soffiato glass with morise decoration, 7in diameter x 15½in. Estimate: $8,000-10,000. Wright image

With the majority of works taken from private collections assembled over the course of 30 years, many have wonderful exhibition histories and deeply layered provenance.

The auction will occur at noon Central time/1 p.m. Eastern on April 2 at Wright in Chicago.