Napoleone Martinuzzi - Important Design London Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Da Giannino restaurant, Milan

  • Literature

    Carlo A. Felice, Arte Decorativa all'Esposizione di Monza, Milan, 1930, pl. 2
    Tentoonstelling van glas aardewerk en kant, van moderne Italiaansche kunstnijverheid, exh. cat., Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March 1931, p. 13
    Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Gli Artisti Di Venini: Per Una Storia Del Vetro D’arte Veneziano, exh. cat., Istituto di Storia dell’Arte, Venice, 1996, p. 76
    Marino Barovier, Napoleone Martinuzzi Venini 1925-1931, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2013, pp. 27, 42, 309, 403-05

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the Barcelona International Exhibition, 1929; the IV Monza Triennale, 1930; and the Tentoonstelling van glas, aardewerk en kant, van moderne Italiaansche kunstnijverheid, 1931.

    Executed in Venini's Murano studios, the present model was designed by Martinuzzi shortly before his departure from the company in 1932. Made in Martinuzzi’s distinctive pulegoso glass, the opaque effect was created by adding a substance, usually bicarbonate of soda, to the molten glass paste. The resulting reaction produces irregular air bubbles which lend the glass its spongy appearance and enables unusual chromatic effects. The present pair of ceiling lights are a rare example of Martinuzzi’s use of this technique for a light fixture.


Two rare ceiling lights

circa 1929
Pulegoso glass, painted metal.
Larger: 92 cm (36 1/4 in.) drop, 63.5 cm (25 in.) diameter
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £31,250

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Important Design

London Auction 21 March 2019