Pipa Pescatore (Pipa the Fisherman)

Title: 
Pipa Pescatore (Pipa the Fisherman)

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Object Name: 
Vase
Title: 
Pipa Pescatore (Pipa the Fisherman)
Accession Number: 
2013.3.5
Dimensions: 
Overall H: about 41 cm, W: 37.2 cm; Body Diam (including decoration): 35.6 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1957
Credit Line: 
Gift of Donna and Neil Weisman
Web Description: 
With the encouragement and support of the American avantgarde art collector and gallerist Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979), Egidio Costantini founded the Fucina degli Angeli (Forge of the angels), a center for glass studies, on the island of Murano in the early 1950s. The aim of the Fucina was to promote collaboration between contemporary artists and glassmakers by inviting artists to work with Venetian maestri. Guggenheim introduced Costantini to a coterie of elite artists, including Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and Hans Arp. The Fucina flourished with the help of these and many other internationally known artists, including Antoni Clavé, who traveled to Venice for its prestigious Biennale. A celebrated Catalan painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Clavé was also respected for his stage and costume design. Best known for his works that combine paint with collage, Clavé was influenced by Post-Impressionist French painters—such as Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and other members of the group known as Les Nabis (The prophets)—as well as Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault. Born in Barcelona, Clavé fled to France after the Spanish Civil War, settling in Paris in 1939. In 1956, he won an award at the Venice Biennale. It is likely that Clavé became acquainted with Costantini at this time and was invited to try his hand at glass design. In 1965, Clavé moved to the south of France, near Saint-Tropez, where he spent the rest of his career. Unsigned. Published: Marino Barovier, Venetian Art Glass: An American Collection, 1840–1970, Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2004, p. 332; and Egidio Costantini: Il maestro dei maestri, Brussels: Espace Medicis, 1990, p. 205. See also José Francisco Yvars Castelló and Antoni Clavé, Antoni Clavé: Un mondo de arte, obras 1934–2002, Madrid: Turner, 2010.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Weisman, Neil, Source
1996
to
2013-05-29
Weisman, Donna, Source
1996
to
2013-05-29
Meyer, Mario, Former Collection
1996
Lastra, Odetto, Former Collection
1996
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Vase, "Pipa Pescatore (Pipa the Fisherman)". Transparent red, white, blue, colorless with bluish tint, and black glass (the black glass is a type known as pasta vitrea); blown, applied. Simple flask-shaped vase with spherical body tapering into a short neck and flared rimless mouth. Flat round base. Two hot-applied colorless asymmetrical handles with bluish tint; one handle decorated with blue glass stripes, and one handle decorated with blue glass dots. On the body, hot-applied trails and globs of red, black, and white glass form an abstract face composed of two eyes, an eyebrow and nose. Trails of white glass ornament the bottom of the vase, perhaps resembling teeth with a red applied tongue or lips in center.
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 35) (2014) illustrated, p. 106; BIB# AI98393
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2013 (2014) illustrated, p. 55 (#37);
Venetian Art Glass: An American collection, 1840-1970 (2004) illustrated, p. 332; BIB# 79981
Egidio Costantini: il maestro dei maestri (1990) illustrated, p. 205; BIB# 35995