After Pablo Picasso - Design London Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, "Esempi-Vetri d'oggi", Milan 1955, p. 155; Espace Medicis-Espace Kiron, "Egidio Costantini, il maestro dei maestri", Brussels 1990, pp. 172 173 for similar examples; Franco Deboni, Murano '900, Milan, 1996, p. 173 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early 1950s, Egidio Costantini founded the Fucina degli Angeli, a center for glass studies, in order to promote the collaboration between artists and glass makers, which became a precursor to the studio glass movement.  The center flourished with the help of many great artists who travelled to the Venice Biennale, as well as Costantini’s close friendship with Peggy Guggenheim.  It was Guggenheim who introduced Costantini to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, resulting in a Fucina degli Angeli exhibition in 1965.
    Pablo Picasso was very interested in the opportunities offered by glass as an art medium.  He was one of many artists who worked with the Fucina degli Angeli, and he created several models to be executed in glass. It is likely Picasso’s best known work in glass and was one of the most successful items produced by Fucina degli Angeli.
    With lowercask at least seven different variants of the Burlesco were created during the 1960s, making it one of the most successful subjects produced by the Fucina degli Angeli.
    Many glassworks produced by the Fucina degli Angeli are present in the permanent collections of major museums around the world including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum. The creation of the Fucina degli Angeli remains one of the most extraordinary events in the history of twentieth century glass.                 
    We would like to thank Arch. Franco Deboni for his assistance in the cataloguing and vetting of this lot.


‘Burlesco’ vase

Coloured and clear glass.
39 cm (15 3/8 in.) high
For the Fucina degli Angeli, Italy, from a model in ceramic. Executed by master blower Aldo 'Polo' Bon. Foot incised ‘Picasso – Aldo Bon – Aureliano Toso – Murano – 1955’.

£15,000 - 20,000 


24 Apr 2008, 2pm