Venini glass collection at Catherine Southon

A rare opportunity to obtain iconic pieces of Venetian art glass by Venini from an impressive single owner collection, which also includes contemporary art and furniture will take place at Catherine Souton’s auction this Wednesday.


A collection of Venini glassCurated and collected by a London-based, international interior designers over the past 30 years, the concise collection of some 80 pieces of art glass by Venini of Murano include designs from several decades. The wide range of glass shows how much impact Venini has had on 20th Century design and glass production.

Estimates will range from £300 – £3,000. Due to the quality of the pieces, a capsule auction within Catherine’s periodic sale was created to bring attention to the collection, which will be enhanced with an eclectic mix of modern art and art-furniture from the same collector.

Having worked with a rich selection of clients both nationally and internationally since the early sixties, the collector has always had close links with a multitude of Italian companies. He discovered and became entranced by the colour and shapes of the glass, produced with Venini in Murano by some of the world’s best creative heads. Being drawn into the 100-year history of Venini and seeing the progression of their design, creative process and production of glass, lead the collector to a new found enthusiasm for this work.

Venini glassThe effect of Venini’s art glass on the world of design and interiors made it important to include pieces in his interiors, and as a consequence, his own collection started. All pieces are signed and authenticated Venini pieces and many documented in the Catalogue Raisonne. Some feature pieces have a very rich provenance; such as vases from the home of Lord Glenconner in St Lucia and the private collection of Alexander Walker, the well known Evening Standard film critic.

The sale will also include some other artworks from the same collection, including works by Max Ernst, Miro, Moore, John Piper, Josef Herman, Antal Biro and Victor Vasarely. Furniture pieces by Michele De Lucchi Gaetano Pesce and Riccardo Dalisi and Louise Campbell will also feature in the sale. All pieces will be available to preview in a London Gallery in tableaux with select artworks and art furniture prior to the auction in addition to the preview dates at Farleigh Court just before the auction.

Catherine Southon says: “I am delighted to be offering this amazing single owner collection. The collector has such an eye for design and colour that it is a joy to catalogue the glass he has collected. It pays tribute to an Italian company which clearly had a huge influence on modern design.”

Find out more about Venini glass and the company’s history here.

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