Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This vivid and elegant work of Italian Mid Century design brings with it beauty created by expert Murano art glass techniques.
The form is that of an abstract jug, elegantly dramatic with the poised tip and a flourishing handle that is a folded arch. The base colour is the Murano fiery Ruby red, classic to the mid-century period which cascades into the companion amber and is finished with the Ice blue clear casing. The clear glass encasing of the core is the well-known Sommerso technique. Sommerso is one of the most commonly known Murano techniques that is characterised by an outer layer of glass, the effect is a clear and definitive capturing of colour.
The form of this piece is distinctive as not only is the core captured with the Sommerso technique but the overall form was also 'pulled' when the glass was molten to create the ribbed effect. The combined effect from the different techniques has created a superb canvas for the refraction of light.
The iconic colour palette, form and majestic size make this piece excellent for standalone display.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repair. There is negligible surface wear and movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece - please see photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. " / 40 cm tall (from base to tip) x c. " / 18 cm in width (across widest point). Depth: c. " / 11 cm. Base measurements: c. " / 10.5 cm x " / 8,5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.9 kg / 2,880 g
A BIT OF HISTORY
The Sommerso [Literal translation 'submerged'] technique was brought to fame by Archimede Seguso prior to his exploration into the Bullicante technique. The technique is used to create layers of glass - often several layers and usually with different contrasting colours - inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colours without mixing. The different layers of glass are put through heat, repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten coloured glass before being encased in an outer layer of colourless glass.