Federica Sala on Italy, Identity, and New Possibilities for Design
300 cm (118 1/8 in.) drop, 180 cm (70 7/8 in.) diameter
Produced by Cenedese, Murano, Italy.
From the Catalogue:
The present lot was executed by Cenedese workshops, when the glass artist Napoleone Martinuzzi began collaborating with the firm towards the end of his career. Produced in its entirety with hand-blown glass, this unique and large chandelier is reminiscent of Martinuzzi's signature style, embodying elements from the iconic cactus series the artist designed for Venini & C. more than thirty years earlier. This important work, one of Martinuzzi’s last works, was designed for the Cenedese showroom where the chandelier was installed until later acquired by a private Venetian collector.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Phillips wishes to thank Franco Deboni for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.
Cenedese Showroom, San Gregorio, Venice, 1960s
Private collection, Venice
Acquired from the above by the present owner