On December 14, Bonhams (founded in 1793 and one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers), will offer 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.
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.