DAN RIPLEY’S ITALIAN GLASS AUCTION BRINGS RECORD PRICES
(Indianapolis, Indiana) In 1992, Dan Ripley gained renown in the art glass collecting world with his inaugural All Italian Art Glass auction. Consequent Antique Helper auctions, featuring Italian art glass continued to demonstrate Dan’s ability to present the best examples of the genre, reach collectors around the world, and realize record prices.
Building on this reputation, Dan gathered 250 examples from numerous collections to present his 15th Anniversary Italian Glass Auction on Sunday, September 23, 2007. It was a monumental event, carefully watched by a close knit group of dealers and collectors. On auction day, a handful of local bidders took their places in the audience. But, it was the overwhelming number of anonymous telephone, absentee and eBay bidders who made this a highly competitive sale. It did not take long for all interested parties to realize that this sale was bound to make history. Records were eclipsed, as determined European telephone bidders vied for ownership of some of the finest glass ever offered in an individual sale. This was Antique Helper’s most successful auction event to date.
In a sale filled with stellar pieces, it could be difficult to select a handful of record breaking superstars. Even so, there were some that glittered even more brightly than the rest. Top sellers included a Barovier Seguso Ferro vase designed by Vittorio Zecchin. This lovely blue vase, featuring a standing nude, was originally presented at the 1934 Biennale in Venice. It closed precisely at high estimate of $12,500.
Nearly doubling its high estimate was a Venini e C. alga cased glass vase, designed by Tommaso Buzzi. Hammer price was $9,500. Another member of the $10,000 club was a MVM Cappellin Scarpa spiral tricolor art glass vase. Also reaching the $10,000 mark was a purple filament art glass vase by Lino Tagliapietra (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Three Venini corroso vases by Carlo Scarpa ended above the $10,000 bench mark, bringing between $11,000 and $11,500 each. Four Venini e C. pezzati figures by Fulvio Bianconi all sold within or above estimate, with prices ranging between $12,000 and $16,000.
A large Barovier and Toso intarsia glass vase designed by Ercole Barovier sold well within its estimate of $10,000-$15,000, bringing $12,000 from a telephone bidder. Two Bianconi Venini female busts, one featuring a blonde bun, the other a red ponytail, originally created for Carol’s Beauty shop, both sold within their individual estimates, bringing $14,000 and $15,000 respectively.
Among the highest sellers was a Venini e C. fasce orizzontali vase designed by Fulvio Bianconi,. This large, torso shaped vase of clear glass with polychrome banded decoration attracted a multitude of telephone bidders. Estimated to bring between $10,000 and $15,000, it finally went to an Italian telephone bidder for $22,000, after some fierce competition.
Based on the successful results and the positive post-auction response from buyers, consignors and potential consignors, Dan is already setting course for another All Italian Glass Auction in 2008.
A full color, limited edition catalog, commemorating this 2007 collectors’ event is still available for $30, including shipping and handling. This valuable reference guide can be ordered through our website, www.antiquehelper.com, or call by calling 317-251-5635.