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Fire & Light: Highlights From The Cenedese Archive, a Collection Of Rare Murano Glass Designs

Bonhams offers Fire and Light: A Selection of Highlights from the Cenedese Archive, a collection of over 150 glass designs from the Cenedese workshop of Murano, Italy with many of the works never seen in public and at auction for the first time.

This sale presents an excellent opportunity for new and established collectors alike, with estimates ranging from $3,000 to $20,000.

Gino Cenedese (1907-1973) And Antonio Da Ros (1936-2012), Important Vetri Sommersi Contrappunto Sasso Exhibition Vase, 1960 (estimate: $15,000-20,000)

The company was founded by Gino Cenedese in 1946, and it went on to become one of the leading workshops in the island of Murano’s creative renaissance, bringing the firm international acclaim. Cenedese initially set up the firm in partnership with glass maestros, Alfred Barbini, Gino Fort, Angelo Tosi and Pietro Scaramal and produced some of the most engaging works of their careers and achieved both commercial, as well as international critical acclaim. The firm quickly earned accolades, beginning in 1948 at the XXVI Venice Biennale that year.

Alfredo Barbini, (1912-2007) Mano, 1948 (estimate: $10,000-15,000)

The auction features exceptional examples by masters Napoleone Martinuzzi, Ermanno Nason, Alfredo Barbini and Antonio da Ros. Works by Alfredo Barbini and Antonio da Ros, include the very first example of his iconic hand blown submerged glass ‘Momento’ series to be produced that received acclaim at the 1960 Venice Biennale, as well as three hand worked sculptural acid treated “corosso” works by Alfredo Barbini that achieved huge success at the Venice Biennale in 1948 – a transformative moment in Barbini’s long illustrious career. Glassworks from the family company are still made to this day in the original workshop.

Auction details

  • Sale: Fire and Light: A Selection of Highlights from the Cenedese Archive
  • Location: 580 Madison Avenue, New York
  • Date: December 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Specialist: Benjamin Walker and Dan Tolson

About Bonhams: Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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