October 21, 2014

Modern Murano Bird by Vetreria Vistosi Glass from Alessandro Pianon

'Pulcini' by Alessandro Pianon and Peter Pelzel for Vistosi 1963 (Credit Stardust.com)

'Pulcini' by Alessandro Pianon and Peter Pelzel for Vistosi 1963 (Credit Stardust.com)

'Pulcini' by Alessandro Pianon and Peter Pelzel
Vetreria Vistosi, 1963 

 This stylised icon of 20th Century Murano Glass was designed by Alessandro Pianon and Peter Pelzel for Vetreria Vistosi and manufactured between 1963 and 1974. This beautiful orange glass bird is made with handblown glass and Millefiore eyes and features feet in gilt blackened copper. Each bird should have an incised signature and date to its underside: for example: [Vistosi 74].  If you are lucky; you may find it with its original label attached which references its product code #193.  Each bird is a unique work of glass art since it was completely handblown; even its eyes were crafted by hand.  Alessandro Pianon died prematurely at the age of 53 and his beautiful creations in glass have become coveted collectors pieces. This beautiful icon of glass design is currently valued around $3,000 to $5,000 but can sometimes be found in Europe for much less. Dimensions: 5.5 w x 4.75 d x 9 h inches