Extremely rare, especially considering that this is a pair. I first attributed these to Toni Zuccheri’s work at Venini. He did similar subjects, often with bronze base. The hand and ideas have some liaison with the white Tacchino from Venini.
The skillful creativity of the maker with the solution of a crystal block to reinforce the legs. The body is made by murrinas in white and clear glass. Tail feathers are instead lattimo and extremely detailed. Coral red opaque head details and base resembling grass. Battuto technique below the neck. This complex use of Murrina leads to identify Luciano Ferro skills.
Incredible glass execution.
Base reads and other identifications references: No signature on the base. The expert Murano Glass dealer Tillipan gallery is enlightening us on the origin of the pieces. He reports that they were made either at De Majo or Pagnin. I recently found a catalog of a show with the attribution to Luciano Ferro for AVEM.
Rated 5 stars.
Evaluation assessment: Hard to evaluate because there are several articles about Toni Zuccheri’s birds with astronomical pricing. If someone is interested, they should read this article by Richard Rabel or this one from William Hamilton. Venini is selling his old one on 1stdibs.
Measurements: Height 39/40 cm, about 16″; width circa 35 cm, 14″.
Rating: ★★★★★ (for rating details click here)
Creator: Luciano Ferro (Artist) Avem (maker)
Period: Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin: Italy, Murano
Date of Manufacture: circa 1990-1999
Materials and Techniques: Murrina, Piera, hot details, hand-shaped.
Condition: Pristine. No aging signs detected.