Armed with a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise from his time spent at MVM Cappellin, Carlo Scarpa joined Venini in 1932, the same year as Martinuzzi’s departure. Upon his arrival, he immediately injected a wealth of creativity to the firm, introducing new forms and techniques, one of the first being bollicine glass. Expanding upon Martinuzzi’s pulegoso, bollicine is created by injecting potassium nitrate directly into the glass. The result is smaller micro bubbles and a watery appearance due to the higher crystal content.
There are currently seven known examples of model 3273 to exist in pulegoso: five in green, one in red and one in blue, the latter of which was executed at Zecchin-Martinuzzi after Martinuzzi had left Venini. A further smaller example was produced in opaque black glass and is approximately 2/3 the size of the original design. To date, the present lot is the only known example in colourless bollicine glass.
Rolf Stenersen was a close friend, advisor and patron of Edvard Munch, whom he met in 1921 when he visited the artist’s studio in Ekely at the age of twenty-two. Stenersen worked closely with Munch, eventually acquiring the largest collection of works by Munch outside of the artist’s own holdings. A large portion of this collection is now housed in the purpose built Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway. Munch painted portraits of the entire Stenersen family in the 1920s and 1930s, and a head study of Rolf Stenersen was sold in Sotheby’s London saleroom, 13 June, 2006, lot 117. Following World War II, Stenersen acquired works by artists including Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky, Klee, Vasarely and others. In 1971 he presented this collection which totalled over 300 works to the city of Bergen and established the Stenersen Foundation in which to house them.
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