Ercole Barovier - Design New York Friday, June 15, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York

  • Literature

    Marina Barovier, ed., Art of the Barovier: Glassmakers in Murano 1866-1972, exh. cat., Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia, 1993, p. 119 pl. 92
    Franco Deboni, Murano ‘900, Vetri e Vetrai, Milan, 1996, p. 366 for a discussion of Primavera glass

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1929 Ercole Barovier, then-artistic director of his family’s glassmaking firm Vetreria Artistica Barovier, invented Primavera glass by chance. Characterized by its milky, transparent glass shot through with irregular filaments, Primavera enjoyed instant acclaim and commercial success. Barovier exhibited examples in 1930 at the Monza Triennale and at the Venice Biennale. Production stopped that year, as the firm was never able to reproduce its formula for the glass. The present model, a wide Primavera glass bowl above a calotte base with an asymmetric foliate stem, was exhibited in ‘Art of the Barovier: Glassmakers in Murano 1866-1972’, at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, March 12 – April 18, 1993.


Rare ‘Primavera’ footed bowl

Hand-blown transparent Primavera glass, black pasta vitrea.
7 1/8 in (18.1 cm) high, 11 3/4 in (29.8 cm) diameter
Produced by Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C., Murano, Italy.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $37,500


15 June 2012
New York