ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)
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ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)

A RARE 'PRIMAVERA' FISH, 1929-1930

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ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)
A rare 'Primavera' fish, 1929-1930
Primavera glass with applied black pasta vitrea decorations
executed by Vetreria Artistica Barovier, Murano, Italy
7 1/8 x 29 ¾ x 2 3/8 in. (18 x 30 x 6 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, Turin;
Galleria Marina Barovier, Venice;
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2000.
Literature
This lot illustrated:
R. Barovier Mentasti, Venetian Glass 1890-1990, Venice, 1992, p. 70, no. 59;
M. Barovier, A. Dorigato, L'Arte dei Barovier, vetrai di Murano 1866-1972, exh. cat., Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia, Venice, 1993, p. 113, no. 36;
M. Barovier, A. Dorigato, Il Bestiario di Murano, Sculture in vetro dal 1928 al 1965, exh. cat., Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1996, p. 24.
Exhibited
L'Arte dei Barovier, vetrai di Murano 1866-1972, Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia, Venice, 12 March - 18 April 1993;
Il Bestiario di Murano, Sculture in vetro dal 1928 al 1965, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1996, 21 June - 31 October 1996.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay


The distinctive netted lace-like characteristics of Primavera glass evolved from experimental trials Ercole Barovier was undertaking with chemicals and glass components. The element responsible for the unevenness in colour and texture, which confers the glass its characteristic white crackled netting, was linked specifically to a single batch of mixture delivered to the Vetreria Artistica Barovier around 1930. Its chemical components were never fully identified and the production of works using Primavera glass was limited to the amount of the mixture available. The present lot is a rare example of a fish, one of the few animal forms from the Primavera series which was first presented in occasion of the IV Monza Triennale, in 1930, and subsequently at the XVII Venice Biennale, 1931 (illustrated). Only one other example of a Primavera fish is known to date, featuring blue glass details as opposed to black pasta vitrea as featured in the present lot.

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