Details: Beautiful Murano glass sculpture of a shapely female torso, "Bustina Ambra", done in a flesh tone pink colored glass by Pino Signoretto (1944-2017). Sadly, the artist passed away just before achieving the Life Time Achievement Technical Award at the Glass Art Society's 47th Annual Conference in 2018. Purchased from the artist in 2003 with a Certificate of Authenticity (see photo below of artist holding the piece and another purchased at the time)- he attested that it had once been in Peggy Guggenheim's home in Venice before it was resold for $5,450.00 (see receipt). Signed by il Maestro himself. The piece catches the light in a way that makes it appear as if she were liquid....
Dimensions: 5.5"w x 8"d x 13.25"h (15 lbs)
Condition: In absolutely perfect condition with no chips, scratches or flaws of any kind.
Venice and began working at a chandelier glassworks in 1954. In 1959, he learned from the great masters Alfredo Barbini, Livio Seguso, Emanno Nason,
and Angelo Seguso. In 1960, at the age of 16, he became a master glassmaker. In 1978, he opened his own studio in Murano.
In 1985, Signoretto went to Aumori, Japan by invitation, thus beginning a
series of trips and lasting relationship with this country. On his second visit, he
gave a demonstration in the presence of the imperial family. His work is also on
permanent exhibit at the Museum of Venetian Art in Otaru, Japan.
Throughout the years, Signoretto collaborated with artists and architects
around the world including: Dali, Vedova, Licata, Pomodoro, Willson, Koons,
Kummer, Vercrysse, Quinn, Chihuly, and more. He also taught at several glass
schools in the U.S. and worldwide and was a beloved mentor to countless glass
artists, young and old. He was known for experimenting and encouraging
students to push past boundaries.
Maestro Pino Signoretto died suddenly on December 30, 2017 at the age
of 73. He knew he had been chosen for this award prior to his death. The glass
community mourns his passing, but is eternally grateful for the art and legacy he leaves behind.