Posted 2 months ago
I bought this mad bird from Japan because it made me laugh even as I appreciated it's glassmaking technique.
The chicken was made by Licio Zanetti who is part of a large glass making family on Murano Island. He founded the Zanetti Vetreria Artistica in 1956 and continued to work there until 1989 when he retired and allowed his son Oscar to take over. The studio also has grandson Andrea and master Arnoldo Zanella now working there.
Apart from the fact the chicken is signed Zanetti Licio it shows lot of his signature creativity. The bird body is made from expanded foil covered glass as is the tail and head. The neck and legs are opaque black, and the beak, eye and comb are also opaque glass. It's the modeling that really tells the story here. Zanetti made lots of very quirky animals and seems to have rarely repeated them so this might be a one off.
I think it is hilarious and delightful! She is a big bird at 66cm, and the body and legs are joined by inset brass pieces that fit together.
I hope she makes you smile.