Two illuminated 'Vetrate Grosse' glass blocks, designed for the windows of San Carlo's Church, Milan

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Le Vetrate Grosse alla Ponti, da Venini', Domus, no. 436, March 1966, pp. 21-25 for similar examples
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 230 for similar examples
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Catalogue 1921-2007, Volume 2, Turin, 2007, pl. 261 for similar examples
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 343, figs. 718-20 for similar examples
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 251 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    “…Observing a few fragments of extra-thick glass, the ‘cotissi’ of Venini’s furnace in Murano, I had the idea and the desire to turn them into window-panes by exploiting the ‘inner play’ of the thick glass, broken up with empty bubbles, with inserted segments of various kinds of coloured paste, let into the depths of the frozen body of the glass. These stained-glass windows made of blocks of glass were extremely heavy, therefore it was not possible to join the blocks together in the usual way by means of lead settings, and so I planned to have them supported by vertical steel guides. And here you have the new stained-glass in which free play is allowed not only to the transparency of the colors but also the refraction due to the outer form of the blocks and their inner surfaces…” Gio Ponti, as published in Domus, March 1966, p. 26

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Two illuminated 'Vetrate Grosse' glass blocks, designed for the windows of San Carlo's Church, Milan

circa 1966
Coloured glass, fabric, painted metal.
Each: 33.4 x 21 x 9.1 cm (13 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.)
Manufactured by Venini, Murano, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

sold for £6,875

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