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Glass sculpture, Napoleone Martinuzzi (Venini, ca. 1930)

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    Posted 6 years ago

    austrohung…
    (583 items)

    This is one of the pride items at home, a Napoleone Martinuzzi plant sculpture made for Venini in the late 1920s, when he was artistic director at Venini between 1925 and 1932.
    This item was bought long ago in Madrid, and it has a funny story. Carlos saw it at a very, very posh furniture store in the early 1980s. They usually sold modern furniture there, but suddenly they displayed a complete Art Deco study: desk, chairs and easy-chairs, bookshelves, cabinets… all kind of stuff, plus some decorative objects, amongst them three pieces by Martinuzzi: this one, another pot in green with a carnivore plant in the pulegoso technique, and the iconic 1928 “Vittoriale” vase he presented at the Venezia Biennale (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/535013630704534323/). Carlos saved money to buy this one as he loved the iridescent cobalt blue the most. Then, he saved some more to buy the green pulegoso pot but it had just been sold. Later, after saving enough money to purchase the wonderful Vittoriale, he found out it had got broken one day while they were cleaning it… soooo sad! The vase was still at the shop, but it had a big crack on it.

    This piece is really hard to photograph as it usually shows the traslucent cobalt blue, although when you see it it looks like a totally opaque item. Also, the iridescence is hard to get on picture, that’s why I took pics 2 and 3 In any case, the sculpture is really amazing, I hope you can appreciate it! .

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    Comments

    1. MacArt MacArt, 6 years ago
      oh wow... this is the Murano dream piece... absolutely mindblowing. congrats!
    2. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      austro you by far always have the most fascinating shapes . I love this !
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks Mac and Mani for the kind comments!!! :) Well, it's not mine, it's Carlos's, but you know everything that's mine is his, and everything that's his... is mine LOL

      It really is a very especial piece!!!
    4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      And thanks so very much to Radegunder, kerry, antiquerose, agh and icollect for loving it!!!!
    5. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      One of the most incredible pieces of glass art...
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thank Lee!!! So glad you like it!!!
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love and nice comment, nutsabotas!
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      what a stunning Glass sculpture!!
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean!!!
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your very welcome austro!! did you see the tie on the fb in responds to the video?
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      We'll this is a classic piece if ever there was one!

      OUTSTANDING!!!!
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      I did Sean! I've been busy after we were talking and didn't see it until not long ago.

      Thanks vet!!! So glad you like it!
    13. Moonhill Moonhill, 6 years ago
      Beautiful and in Blue..... always wanted one of these...never saw a blue one!!!
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      lol! When I clicked and saw who this belonged to I said to myself "I am not surprised"! Yes, I agree with Mani! :)
    15. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      I thought that saying goes more like...What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine!
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Im so glad austor you have posted ana amazing and Thankyou again austro for reminding me about fashion , and I still do love fashion!!!
    17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      sorry austro typo!!
    18. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 6 years ago
      Wow, that's stunning - surrealism in glass! It's a real challenge to take pictues of glass, and you managed it really well. There was this exhibition in Venice, last year

      http://www.lestanzedelvetro.it/en/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/archive-year-2013/napoleone_martinuzzi/

      and I was so sad that I could not go there - some fantastic pictures on this site, too.
    19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks everybody for loving: cobalt, GlueChip, Tom, Amber, Rustfarm, VioletOrange, Share, Mac, Moonhill and racer!!!!

      Haha, Thanks Share, that's quite a compliment! :)

      Cobalt: I would have loved to have gone to Venice simply to see the exhibition, especially since we've got two Martinuzzis (remember i told you so? At the end we ended up going to Brussels). I've been wanting to get the book on the exhibition but never seem to find the right moment :)

    20. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      austro a bit late on your reply #3 . I agree with your reasoning BUT does Carlos lol :-)
    21. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      I guess he does... he should at least! LOL
    22. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love, Mike!!
    23. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks Mac and inky for your loves!!!
    24. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 6 years ago
      its an amazing piece
    25. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks vlkma for the love and comment!!!! So glad you like them -after all you're obne of the guys i know with the best taste for glass ;)
    26. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love, rniederman, CardinalLady and ho2cultcha!!!
    27. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for loving, Melaniej!!!
    28. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Hi Austrohungaro. This has taken my breath away! I can't believe this is from the '30s. From the thumb nail photo i thought it looked interesting modern.
    29. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      I'm so glad you like it Fran :)

      They were far moer modern in that time that we use to think they were, and virtually in every aspect of life, not always design.

      Thanks SO SO MUCH for your love!!!!
    30. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking and loving JEWELS! :)
    31. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks GTBOI and GTMOOM for loving!!!
    32. renedijkstra renedijkstra, 8 months ago
      this is priceless , i auctioned this i believe 30 years ago , this is so extremely rare , nurse get me a crashcart . i am epileptic and my mind got blown, where is the depakine

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