THE COLLECTION OF FRANCESCO AND CHIARA CARRARO, VENICE
YOICHI OHIRA (B. 1946)
A UNIQUE 'NOTTURNO' VASE, 2005
YOICHI OHIRA (B. 1946) A UNIQUE 'NOTTURNO' VASE, 2005
executed by Maestro Andrea Zilio and Maestro Giacomo Barbini, hand-blown glass murrine, glass powder, inciso and polished surface
13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high
signed and dated Notturno, Yoichi Ohira m° a. Zilio, m° g. Barbini 1/1 unico Friday 07-10-2005 murano
B. Friedman (ed.), Venice. 3 Visions in Glass, Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira, Laura de Santillana, exhibition catalogue, New York, Barry Friedman Gallery, Kansas, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Naples, Naples Museum of Art, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs,
New York/Stuttgart, 2009, pp. 17, 60, 242, 434 for similar examples.
Post lot text
Yoichi Ohira’s careful observation of nature was an important source of inspiration throughout his life and is one of the key aspects of his creative vocabulary. His ability to distil the classical elements and the world around him onto the surface of a glass vessel is exceptional and arguably one of the reasons his vases are so captivating. ‘Notturno’, the present vase, is a particularly remarkable example of this poetic approach in which the surface of the vase becomes a canvas for the artist to illustrate an abstract nocturnal landscape through the use of mosaic glass and powders. Ohira captured in this vessel both his innovative aesthetic approach as well as his extensive knowledge of a vast arrays of complex glass-making techniques. The materials are chosen carefully like words in a poem: the aventurine to depict the moon is wisely selected for its warm color while the stark white murrine represents the snowy mountains.
This vase was executed as a special commission for Francesco Carraro.