Napoleone Martinuzzi - Design London Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Cenedese Showroom, San Gregorio, Venice, 1960s
    Private collection, Venice
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot was executed by Cenedese workshops, when the glass artist Napoleone Martinuzzi began collaborating with the firm towards the end of his career. Produced in its entirety with hand-blown glass, this unique and large chandelier is reminiscent of Martinuzzi's signature style, embodying elements from the iconic cactus series the artist designed for Venini & C. more than thirty years earlier. This important work, one of Martinuzzi’s last works, was designed for the Cenedese showroom where the chandelier was installed until later acquired by a private Venetian collector.

    Phillips wishes to thank Franco Deboni for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.


Unique monumental chandelier

Hand-blown clear glass, painted steel, aluminium.
300 cm (118 1/8 in.) drop, 180 cm (70 7/8 in.) diameter
Produced by Cenedese, Murano, Italy.

£100,000 - 150,000 

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London Auction 20 September 2017