Brian McCarthy with his cherished Murano glass vase designed by Fabio Maria Micucci. Artwork Albert Oehlen, Menschenpemmikan, 2006 (detail). Photograph by Yael Malka. © Albert Oehlen. All

I bought it at Christie’s

When this ‘sculptural work of art’ caught the eye of New York-based interior designer Brian J. McCarthy, he thought he might sell it to a client. But then he took it home…

‘It was an impulse, a total impulse, and a real stroke of luck. I had been at the Ralph Pucci gallery in New York, looking at these very pieces for a client. A week later, this caught my eye in a Christie’s catalogue.

‘Normally, you wouldn’t see such a contemporary piece at auction — it is only two or three years old. But it was part of a large lot from a personal apartment, and that’s why it came up. I thought I would just take a stab at it, as the estimate was a fraction of the gallery price.

‘I left a bid because I couldn’t be there on the day, and I got it for practically nothing. I had every intention of selling it to a client, but as soon as I got it back home, I knew I wanted to add it to the things we live with. I can tell you: that vase is going nowhere.

A Murano glass vase, designed by Fabio Maria Micucci for Ralph Pucci, Granzioli X Collection, edition no. 2 of 99, 2015. 17½ in (44.5 cm) high. Sold for $2,125 on 6 June 2018 at Christie’s in New York

A Murano glass vase, designed by Fabio Maria Micucci for Ralph Pucci, Granzioli X Collection, edition no. 2 of 99, 2015. 17½ in (44.5 cm) high. Sold for $2,125 on 6 June 2018 at Christie’s in New York

‘To me, it is less a vase, more a sculptural work of art. I love the reinterpretation of Murano, and I love glass. I know how difficult it is to work with: to get a piece like this to a perfect state is unbelievably fraught. The sheer thickness of the vase is beautiful, and it is as heavy as it looks. Just getting it to the middle of the dining table was an effort.

‘I’m not usually a bling person, but I love the glittery aspect of the vase, the way it changes colour in the different lights of day and night. It has a gemstone naturalness to it, but it also looks a little like rock candy. Now I’m thinking I have to lick it.’

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