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ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)
THE COLLECTION OF FRANCESCO AND CHIARA CARRARO, VENICEThe Primavera technique produces finely crackled netting integral to clear glass, and is amongst the most revolutionary techniques introduced by Ercole Barovier. Conceived by chance in 1929, the process achieved a random, delicate web-like effect that was the consequence of accidentally incorporating an unidentified chemical mixture during the fusion of a large quantity of clear glass. Works produced from this technique were further ornamented by aspects of black pasta-glass, to deliver varied forms that acknowledged both the figurative and the neo-Classical, and were first revealed to the public at the XVII Biennale in Venice, 1930. Despite strong market enthusiasm for this revolutionary technique, further attempts to replicate the process proved impossible, and surviving examples produced from this original quantity of glass must be considered as extremely scarce.
ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)

A 'PRIMAVERA' VASE, CIRCA 1930

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ERCOLE BAROVIER (1889-1974)
A 'PRIMAVERA' VASE, CIRCA 1930
executed by Vetreria Artistica Barovier, hand-blown glass, with applied handles, spout and rim of deep amethyst glass
12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high
Provenance
Lillian Nassau, New York;
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
M. Barovier, L'Arte dei Barovier Vetrai di Murano 1866-1972, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia, Verona, 1993, p. 118, pl. 91 for an illustration of this vase.

A. Polak, Modern Glass, London, 1962, pl. 53A for another jug in Primavera glass.

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