I.V.R. Mazzega Pablo Picasso Designed Glass Sculpture
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $6,000 (1997)
$4,000 - $6,000 (2011)
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Appraisal Video: (1:39)
GUEST: We thought it was unusual when we saw it at an estate sale, and we found out a little information about the artist. It's Italian, it's a city near Venice, so I assume it to be Venetian glass. I'm hoping that it's authentic.
APPRAISER: Well, you understand that Picasso did not work in glass, but there were a number of artists who were encouraged to work in different mediums. Picasso designed in the same manner in which he painted, and this is very characteristic of his work. And then it's signed by the glass company
that did his work. "I.V.R. Mazzega,” on the island of Murano. It is a minimalist and yet modern design done in about the 1950s. And they're becoming more and more collectible as time goes on, both as a function of Picasso's fame, and also as a result of the interest in Italian glass that's happening at the same time. May I ask you what you paid for it at this estate sale?
GUEST: Yeah, about two grand.
APPRAISER: I would expect at auction, with other pieces of a similar nature, that this piece would bring between $4,000 and $6,000. It's a really good example of a fine representation of an important artist.
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