Italian Art Deco Glass and Enamel Vase by Guido Balsamo Stella

A clear Murano  glass "Garden" vase, blown glass and hand decorated in  black and red enamel with floral design resting on a circular applied  base in opaque dark glass.  Signed to base  "9781 617 (i) Italy: circa 1930 Literature for similar piece Franco Deboni, Murano '900, Bocca publishers, Milan 1996 p. 197. Guido Balsamo Stella was a gifted young artist from Turin who traveled widely in Europe during the first decade of the 20th century.  At first, the artistical influence exerted on Balsamo Stella by his long stay both in Northern Europe and in Bohemia were very strong felt. In Munich, he studied and exhibited with members of the Secessionist movement. While in Sweden, Stella met Edward Hald and Simon Gate and became interested in their work with etched and carved glass at Orrefors.  During the war years, he worked as designers at Orrefors,  focusing on the art of glass engraving before moving back to Italy. Gio ponti himself always had words of praise for the works designed by Guido Balsamo Stella and on his death in 1941 he dedicated to him a commemorative article.

Good overall general condition

Circa 1930