SEGUSO VETRI D’ARTE
Italian studio 1932 – 1960
Swedish studio 1952 – 1963
Price Range: $150 - $5000
Brian Imeson opened Circa Art Glass in Calgary in 2003 as the only totally-art-glass gallery in Canada – with a focus on mid-century (1940 – 1960) pieces from Europe. He’s noticed over the years that art collectors are recognizing art glass more and more as a legitimate art form and not just ‘decorative’ art. ”The mid-century work is enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to the contemporary design and style from this period.” In fact he says, “clients who have since become collectors were shocked to learn the work I carry is dated 1940s – 1960s. It is so contemporary by today’s standards, that they assumed I was the artist, or that it is local work. But the fact it is 50 years old only adds to its appreciation and collectability. Good design is indeed timeless.”
Bright, intense, vivid colors are characteristic of the period. Forged in the furnaces of post-war Europe and North America, the objects range from sophisticated in form, to abstract in nature and include everything from vases and vessels to lamps and figurative works.
In Imeson’s opinion, work from the Seguso Vetri d’Arte studio represents some of the best Italian work of the past 60 years, with modern and contemporary designs — particularly those by Flavio Poli. He also recommends the hand-blown crystal vessels by Paul Kedelv at the Flygsfors studio as representing the best of mid-century Scandinavian work.