Background Info and Provenance
A LARGE (60cm in height) Venini feature lamp made in Murano, Italy in the late 1950’s by Toni Zuccheri. This is the most prestigious table lamp I’ve stocked in 15-years of trading. The earthy quality of the HAND-CARVED Onxy base (type of marble) mixed with the free-form designer glass globe top gives this piece a captivating look. This piece seems “up in the clouds” but grounded at the same time- you feel caught in two worlds with this one.
I’m 100% convinced this is the work of Toni Zuccheri. There are many factors that have pointed me to this and it was not a decision I’ve made lightly. I’ve spent at least 5 hours researching this piece online and the longer I trawl the more convinced I am it’s Zuccheri’s. I found this lamp in a Sydney antique centre and knew it was special the second I saw it. It’s obvious the glass globe is free-form (hand-made) and could only have been created by an Master glass-artist such as Toni Zuccheri. The base is HAND-CARVED from Onxy. The big Italian designers took to the use of onyx in designer pieces in the late 50’s / early 60’s. I’ve seen coffee tables to hall tables in onxy, table lamps to bowls and they come up time and again identified as mid-century Italian. The cord, plug and inline switch are all exactly the same as other electrical hardware I’ve seen on various VINTAGE (50’s/60’s) designer lamps made in Europe but exported to Australia at the time they were made. My guess is that it was stocked by Artes Studios back in the 50’s- I’d say it would have been too pricey for department stores such as Grace Brothers and Horden & Sons.
I will stand behind my attribution here- I’ve put a lot of research in this and can’t see any other possibility. If someone forced me to bet money on the provenance of this I’d put a lot of money on “Italian”, “Toni Zuccheri” and “Mid-Century”. One thing is for sure- I’ve not come across another lamp even remotely like this in 17 years of trading and I doubt anyone in Australia will see another exactly the same again. This gives it “pinnacle” investment appeal in its own right HOWEVER with the Toni Zuccheri name on it, it reaches the realm where virtually any value could be assigned. This lamp has been independently valued at AU $3000+ (RETAIL). In anyone’s eyes this a solid investment that should make a strong financial return in the future.
Zuccheri’s sculptures immediately won fans the world over and by the 1980’s his work became Kings of gallery exhibitions and publications. He first used glass in the 1960’s after collaborating with Venini (I’d say this is a Venini piece). He continued with Venini into the 1970’s and in the 80’s he worked with several glass factories including Veart and Barovier & Toso.
And if you don’t give a shite who made it and where it was made that’s all good too because the piece has TIMELESS good-looks. It is not in trend at the moment because something like this is ALWAYS in trend. Items that combine chic designer with earthy elements NEVER go out of style and are always sought-after by interior architects the world-over. This piece proves that Mother Nature is the best designer of them all- look at that figuring in the onxy- just beautiful! This piece will make your space look warm and cosy in winter and cutting-edge every other season.
Yes, you can get $50 lamps from Ikea that look ok-enough but when you buy these items you’re saying that artist’s jobs are better off given to machines. There are swarms of people the world over itching to hand-create inspiring pieces for us to fall for- give them the courage to jump in by putting your money in items made by the hands and hearts of people. And as a bonus, the special pieces (like this) will only become more valuable as they change hands and eventually get passed onto new generations. Watch the value of this one rise in coming years!
This piece was created in Italy by hand AROUND the late 1950’s and is in excellent condition. It has NO noticeable chips, NO cracks and NO noticeable scratches. NO noticeable damage AT ALL. It has been very well looked after for a piece of this age and nature so presents brilliantly overall. It’s hand-made so expect minor maker’s “flaws” (eg. tiny ash flecks in the glass). These actually INCREASE the value of this piece- not decrease as many people would automatically think.
Measurements. Onyx Lamp. Height- approx 60 cm. Across- 27 cm.
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