Great news for glass enthusiasts and collectors of post-war design! Wright will be presenting one of the most significant private collections of post-war Italian glass ever assembled at an upcoming auction in May. The collection, built with passion and enthusiasm over the course of several years by a Chicago couple, features more than one hundred works with important pieces by Paolo Venini, Ercole Barovier, and Dino Martens. The post-war Murano Glass designs are characterized by the use of vivid colors and strong patterning found in the op-art, expressionist painting, and graphic design of those times.
Highlights of the sale include an extraordinary Con Macchie vase designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini and originally owned by Kitty Baldwin Weese, co-founder of the renowned Baldwin Kingrey Gallery in Chicago. The Venini portion of the sale also features an encyclopedic collection of Bianconi’s iconic Pezzati, Spichhi, and Fasci works. An outstanding and comprehensive group of geometric designs by Ercole Barovier includes some of the rarest examples, most notably an unrivaled and monumental five-color Intarsio vase. Important works by Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso include a rare and exceptionally beautiful Oriente Geltrude vase as well as several examples from the Eldorado series, and a rare undulating Sirventese vase.
“Important Italian Glass: A Private Chicago Collection” will be presented at an auction in Chicago on May 23, 2018. All lots will be exhibited in Wright’s New York gallery from May 9 to May 23, 2018.