Vittorio Zecchin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale Hong Kong Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Italian National Institute of Statistics, Rome
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Marino Barovier, Marco Mondi and Carla Sonego, Vittorio Zecchin 1878-1947: painting, glass and decorative arts, exh. cat, Musei Civici Veneziani, Venice, 2002, p. 222, figs. 242-43, p. 301, fig. 407 for drawings of similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    A protean artist who thrived in many media, Vittorio Zecchin experienced particular success with his glass works. Zecchin was born in the historic glass centre of Murano and embraced the islands’ artistic heritage in his modern designs. In the 1920s, Zecchin held successive posts as art director at two of Murano’s prominent glass companies: first at Cappellin Venini beginning in 1921 and then at M.V.M. Cappellin & Co. as of 1925. The work he created at this time harks back to the golden age of Italian glass, both in quality and style. Rejecting the Rococo-influence that was so prevalent in nineteenth-century glass, Zecchin found inspiration in fluid lines, delicacy, and emphasis on form over decoration seen in Italian glass from the sixteenth century. Zecchin embraced Murano’s legacy by utilising transparent blown glass formed into delicate, flowing shapes. His commitment to line and silhouette that he revived from Renaissance traditions is exemplified in this twelve-armed chandelier.


Twelve-armed chandelier

impressed with 'BREVETTATO 91' on the metal frame
coloured glass, metal
165 cm. (64 7/8 in.) drop, 172.7 cm. (67 7/8 in.) diameter
Produced by M.V.M. Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy in circa 1925.

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$300,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2016