Lot 90: Pino Signoretto, The Lovers, Blown Glass, Murano, 2002
20 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Solid colorless glass
Design and production: Pino Signoretto, Murano
The base with etched signature 'Pino Signoretto'; as well as dated and inscribed 'A. F. 23 Marzo 2002' underneath
Embraced couple on a round base
Height: 50,2 cm
Very good condition
Provenience: Spanish private property
The glass artist Pino Signoretto (born 1944 in Favaro Veneto) acquired early a wide knowledge about the different technics of the glassblower's art of Murano. After his apprenticeship in the studio of the popular Alfredo Barbini Signoretto opens his own studio on the island in 1978. Signorettos glass object "The Lovers" is only one of other similar productions from this topic.
The glass object is in a very good condition. There are only some light scratch marks on the object and at the base. The object measures a height of 50.2 cm.
Glass from Murano
Murano, a small group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, is known worldwide for its high quality glass products. Due to fire-prevention reasons, all glass kilns of Venice were moved to the island in 1295. Here the glassmakers experimented with Roman glass techniques and in the late 15th century a method for producing multi-colored, flower-like patterned glass was developed, the so-called Millefioriglass. Even more significant, however, was the development of crystal glass (cristallo glas). This term first appeared in 1409. With this type of ultra-thin, feather-light and absolutely flawless and colorless crystal glass, glassmakers were able to create wonderfully elegant and sophisticated shapes. Thus in the Renaissance, those glass objects were the main source of income of the population of the lagoon city. Only a few pieces from this period have been preserved, but the variety of shapes and designs can for example be recreated by looking at still lifes. Despite the attempts of the Venetian Republic to keep the art of glassmaking a secret, some glassblowers were able to move across the Alps and establish glassworks in the countries north of the mountains. Thereby the enticement of King Louis XVI were decisively. As ‘glass à al façon de Venise’ the Venetian style circulated in Germany, the Netherlands and Flanders, where to this day rich collections have been preserved. Until today, Murano glass is famous worldwide because of its particular fineness; its production is exclusively mastered by the island’s glassblowers. (ala)
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