Having a Moment: Painterly Glass

by Melissa Goldstein
sponsored Forgive the material snobbery, but there's glass, and then there's Murano glass. It's the latter that has recently captured our imagination--with its swirling designs rendered in Monet-worthy light-catching brushstrokes, a single handcrafted piece can turn a table setting into something decidedly banquet-worthy. Christie's' latest online-only 20th Century Italian Glass sale, for which bidding begins today, is the ultimate case-in-point, featuring a jaw-dropping 61-lot array of Venetian glass spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, with an emphasis on midcentury tableware by such legendary artisan names as Venini, Barovier & Toso, and Seguso. And while the auction house is known for the sort of big-ticket items that attract the personal-island-owner demographic (see: Jackson Pollock's Number 19, which garnered a cool $58.3 million at their Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction), this sale is considerably more approachable--perfect for new collectors looking to splurge on a modern heirloom. Shop our favorite pieces below, from the psychedelic-infused 1960s Graffito Ambrato Vase by Ercole Barovier, to a Veronese vase with an exquisitely delicate balloon silhouette by Vittorio Zecchin. header
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Veronese Vase by Vittorio Zecchin, Estimate 1000-$1500 Soffiato Ametista Vase by Vittorio Zecchin, Estimate $800-$1200 A Mace Charger by Dino Martens, Estimate $350-$450
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Pilgrim Vase by Vittorio Zechin, Estimate $500-$800 Scavo Vase by Cenedese Murano, Estimate $500-800 Vase by Alfredo Barbini, Estimate $800-$1200
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Scavo Bottle by Cenedese, Estimate $700-$900 Drinking Glasses 1920's Unmarked, Estimate $300-500  Griglia Vase by Archimede Seguso, Estimate $800-$1200
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Verde Topazio Gaillo Vase by Flavio Poli, Estimate $1000-$1500 Pitcher by Salviati, Estimate $700-$900 Ribbed Sommerso Vase by Flavio Poli, Estimate $500-800

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