Flavio Poli and his aquarium of fine glasswork

Flavio Poli, vetri d'arte, pesci - fine glasswork, fish

Flavio Poli (1900-1984) was a great glass designer. Born in Chioggia (currently part of Venice’s metropolitan area), he was clearly influenced and fascinated by the fine glass making that plays such an important role in the lagoon area’s artistic tradition.

In the 1920s, Poli began his long career with a series of collaborations with historical local glassmakers, including Ivam (Industrie Vetri Artistici Murano), Fornace Nason, Barovier & Toso, Compagnia di Venezia and, most importantly, Seguso Vetri d’Arte, where he was hired as designer in 1934 and made partner in 1937.

Some of Poli’s works for Seguso now belong to the world’s most important contemporary art collections, ranging from New York’s MoMA to Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung, from Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum to London’s Victoria and Albert.

Fish are one of the recurrent themes in his production: here is a small selection of his works, worthy of a beautiful aquarium.

February 5, 2016