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    Sale 8481

    AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ITALIAN GLASS

    30 November 2000, New York, East

  • Lot 11

    'PORTATRICE D'ACQUA', A RARE APPLIED GLASS FIGURAL VASE

    AFTER A DESIGN BY PABLO PICASSO, EXECUTED BY ERMANNO NASON FOR I.V.R. MAZZEGA, CIRCA 1954

    Price Realised  

    'PORTATRICE D'ACQUA', A RARE APPLIED GLASS FIGURAL VASE
    After a Design by Pablo Picasso, Executed by Ermanno Nason for I.V.R. Mazzega, Circa 1954
    16in. (40.7cm.) high


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    The designs for this project were originally conceived in 1947 to be realized in ceramic. Only later was the vessel produced in glass.
    cf. Roberto Aloi, Esempi Di Decorazione Moderna Di Tutto Il Mondo Vetri D'Oggi, 1955, p. 154 for a variant

    Provenance

    Ermanno Nason, Venice, Italy


    Pre-Lot Text

    In the early 1950s a group of young, talented (and primarily Venetian) artists formed an association called Centro Studio Pittori in Murano where they aspired to realize their artistic visions in glass. With the assistance of the leading furnaces, as well as the support of the American patron, Peggy Guggenheim, the association invited an impressive group of cutting edge painters from around the world to participate in this exciting venture. By 1954 the group changed its name to Fucina Degli Angeli (Furnace of Angels) and artists such as Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Jean Arp, Le Corbusier, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso enthusiastically presented their drawings and projects to be produced in glass. The works were then executed by master glass blowers, including Aldo Bon, Albino Carrara, Luciano Ferro, Ermanno Nason and Archimede Seguso, and among the most sensational creations were the Portatrice D'Acqua (lot 11) and Il Centauro (lot 12).