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    TONI ZUCCHERI Prototype 'Hoopoe' bird sculpture

    "Among Zuccheri's most recognizable and important works are his bird sculptures produced at Venini from the 1960s up to his death in 2008. This exuberant prototype, which I acquired directly from the Venini Archives in 2002 is an early working prototype of this iconic series. Vibrant and full of life, this is an exceptional example of postwar Venetian glass - and it has remained in our personal collection as an object we cherish." Murray Moss presents Toni Zuccheri's 'Prototype 'Hoopoe' bird sculpture', circa 1959, from The Collection of Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell.

  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the Venini Archives, Italy, 2002

  • Exhibited

    ‘Fornace Venini: Fires Eternal’, Moss, New York, May 17- July 12, 2003

  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Catalogue 1921-2007, Turin, 2007, pl. 262 for a similar example
    Murray Moss ‘Murray Moss’, Casa Grazia, no. 12, December 2011, illustrated pp. 78, 82
    Murray Moss, ‘Midtown? Yes, Midtown: Design maven Murray Moss lives with the tourists—and loves every minute of it’, New York Magazine: Design, Summer 2012, illustrated p. 126
    Arlene Hirst, ‘TDA/Total Design Addict’, Elle Décor Italia, no. 9, September 2012, illustrated pp. 185-186

  • Catalogue Essay

    Among Zuccheri’s most recognizable and important works are his bird sculptures produced at Venini from the 1960s up to his death in 2008. This exuberant prototype, which I acquired directly from the Venini Archives in 2002 while doing research in preparation for the Moss exhibition, ‘Fornace Venini: Fires Eternal’, is an early working prototype of this iconic series. Mounted on a patinated bronze base, the ‘Hoopoe’ bird is composed of applied paste vitree plumage in striking black, white, red, orange and gold glass. Vibrant and full of life, this is an exceptional example of postwar Venetian glass - and it has remained in our personal collection as an object we cherish.

COLLECTION OF MURRAY MOSS AND FRANKLIN GETCHELL

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Prototype 'Hoopoe’ bird sculpture

circa 1959
Clear and colored glass, gilt and patinated bronze.
12 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 in (31.1 x 31.1 x 15.2 cm)
Produced by Venini, Italy.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $37,500

Moss

16 October 2012
New York