Vittorio Zecchin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Rome

  • 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 for a similar example
    Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, eds., Vittorio Zecchin: Transparent Glass for Cappellin and Venini, Milan, 2017, p. 484 for a similar example

  • 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

coloured glass, glass, aluminium, nickel-plated brass, brass
92 cm (36 1/4 in.) drop, 135 cm (53 1/8 in.) diameter
Produced by V.S.M. Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy. Ceiling plate acid etched Venini/Cappellin/Murano. Underside of fixture incised 1880-2 12 81. and impressed BREVETTON°258212. Produced 1921-1925.

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018