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Wright’s Important Italian Glass Auction Just Confirmed a Major Trend

The year we first started to be particularly interested in Memphis design, back in 2006, it coincided with a burgeoning interest in the market, as well — the works of Sottsass and his peers were starting to see a serious uptick at auction, and we investigated that rise in a story for I.D. magazine, our alma mater. We all know what happened next. Earlier this week we felt that same sensation when a Current Obsession of ours, Italian glass, which has been at the top of our eBay saved searches list for a year now, had a featured auction at Wright whose key lots pretty much smoked their estimates. A Carlo Scarpa vase went for $75,000 (estimate $10-15k), a Gio Ponti glassware set for $32,500 (estimate $3-5k).

The takeaway? Get your Murano on, people, before it’s too late. If you’re not into it now, we’re pretty sure you will be by 2020. Oh, and if you come across some absolutely batshit candlesticks for under $400 — the crazier the better! — give us a call, please.

Meanwhile check out our favorites from Wright’s Important Italian Glass auction below.162_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_napoleone_martinuzzi_rare_table_lamp_model_9003__wright_auctionNapoleone Martinuzzi, 1929127_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_artisti_barovier_attribution_macchie_vase_with_applied_handles__wright_auctionArtisti Barovier, 1920104_2_important_italian_glass_january_2019_vittorio_zecchin_candelabrum_pair__wright_auctionVittorio Zecchin, 1925221_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_angelo_barovier_sculptural_vase_with_eyes__wright_auctionAngelo Barovier, 1952106_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_carlo_scarpa_transparenti_vase_model_5673__wright_auctionCarlo Scarpa, 1926
115_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_murano_incamiciato_vase__wright_auctionMurano, 1930195_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_fulvio_bianconi_fasce_orizzontale_vase_model_4515__wright_auctionFulvio Bianconi, 1951174_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_carlo_scarpa_tessuto_vase__wright_auctionCarlo Scarpa, 1940225_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_toots_zynsky_fischietta_serena__wright_auctionToots Zynsky, 1999226_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_yoichi_ohira_prototype_vase__wright_auctionYoichi Ohira, 1996192_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_gio_ponti_a_canne_glasses_set_of_twelve__wright_auctionGio Ponti, 1955199_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_fulvio_bianconi_prototype_testa__wright_auctionFulvio Bianconi, 1965122_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_benvenuto_barovier_vase__wright_auctionBenvenuto Barovier, 1878119_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_fratelli_toso_carnevale_vase__wright_auctionFratelli Toso, 1920113_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_flavio_poli_and_alfredo_barbini_grigio_oro_vase_model_z949__wright_auctionFlavio Poli and Alfredo Barbini, 1936180_1_important_italian_glass_january_2019_paolo_venini_monumental_opalino_vases_model_3656_pair__wright_auctionPaolo Venini, 1950