Early Ercole Barovier for Ferro Toso Barovier Uccellini Three Bird Group Italian Art Glass Sculpture
It's always such a rare delight to be the one who is blessed to discover and offer a hard-to-find treasure. Such is the case here with this spectacular early Italian Murano art glass group sculpture depicting three birds (uccellini) on tree branches, designed by Ercole Barovier, the chief designer for Ferro Toso Barovier, which later (in the early 1940s) became Barovier & Toso.
Dating to the 1930s (and likely the latter '30s — 1936-1939), this figural art glass sculpture is without a doubt a fabulous and desirable display of the creative works that serious Italian Murano art glass collectors covet and treasure. Three beautiful bullicante (uccellini) birds in a warm mix of colors — chocolate brown with a hint of burgundy, finished off in fine fashion with a sprinkling of gold — their block-form tails wrapped with an applied serpentine-type chocolate pasta trim threading, a treatment I believe to be referred to as Morise. The older, square base is decorated with two leaves, one on each side of the branch stem, glistening with gold leaf flecks throughout.
Standing approx. 9-1/4" tall and 6-1/4" wide, this unsigned art glass sculture is in excellent condition, with no issues noted. (It's amazing to think that pieces such as this, with extended arms, managed to survive intact for over 60 years!)
For those who may be familiar with Ferro Toso Barovier and the work of Ercole Barovier but may not be as familiar with going prices, uccellini sculptures are highly sought after but difficult to find. A 2014 example of a two-bird Ercole Barovier group uccellini figure listing, with the label still intact, is listed by the Wright auction house in Chicago, IL.
Much thanks to Anita of San Marcos Art Glass and the others who assisted in this informational journey!
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