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Mammuth- shaped sculpture

Scultura di vetro Mammuth

Mammuth- shaped sculpture
Antonio Da Ros (1936-2012)
Murano, Vetreria Artistica Gino Cenedese & Figlio, 1964

It measures :
5.51 inches in height x 7.67 x 5.11 (12.8 x 19.5 x 13 cm)
It weighs 7.49 lb (3,4 kg)

State of conservation:

This solid crystal glass sculpture with amber submersion depicting a mammoth is a product of the Gino Cenedese & Figlio Artistic Glassworks. It dates back to 1964 and was designed and executed by Antonio Da Ros.
In the 1960s, the artist defined the style characteristic of the production lines of the glassworks by extensively employing the submerged glass technique in both vases and animal sculptures which stand out for their extremely simplified shapes.
The distinctive design of Antonio Da Ros’s glass animals is based on rounded and solid shapes, and partly evolved from some late 1950s productions. An example is the animal puzzle created by Enzo Mari for the Milanese company Danese. (Cristina Beltrami in, Cristina Beltrami e Giordana Naccari (a cura di), L’Arca di Vetro, La collezione di animali di Pierre Rosenberg, Skira Editore, 2021, p. 61).
Antonio Da Ros’s glass animals made their appearance as early as 1961 in Lisbon, showcased in a window display at the Palácio Foz exhibition. This exhibition was the result of a collaboration between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute in Portugal. Titled ‘Vidros de Murano,’ the exhibition featured over 500 artistic glass pieces from some of the leading Murano glassworks (Cristina Beltrami e Giordana Naccari, a cura di, op. cit., p. 60 fig. 25).
The Mammuth, created in 1964 in multiple colors and variations, remains a symbolic animal in the designer’s bestiary, as demonstrated by two works exhibited in the recent ‘L’Arca di Vetro’ show at the Stanze del Vetro venue on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice: the first in a water-blue version and the second in a variant made of solid alexandrite glass with red glass submersion (Cristina Beltrami e Giordana Naccari, a cura di, op. cit., tavola 739, p. 264, tavola 740, p. 265). Particularly noteworthy is the vintage image depicting the animal in two versions with the inventory number 91/64. (Cristina Beltrami e Giordana Naccari, a cura di, op. cit., p. 265).

Antonio Da Ros (1936-2012), a graduate of the “Carmini” Higher Institute of Decorative Arts in Venice in 1957, began his collaboration with the glassmakers at Gino Cenedese’s company in 1958. Under his artistic direction, the factory developed various lines of contemporary design, initially featuring stylized forms with submerged colored glass and later incorporating the “scavo” glass technique (reminiscent of glass unearthed from archaeological excavations). His later works represent a return to traditional Murano hand-blown glass techniques.

The Vetreria Cenedese was founded by Gino Cenedese in partnership with Gino Fort, Pietro Scaramal, and Angelo Toso. From 1947 to 1950, Alfredo Barbini also appeared as a partner, director, and master glassblower. In 1950, Fulvio Bianconi also collaborated with the glassworks, while the aquariums created by the painter Riccardo Licata in 1952 remained iconic for the manufacturing company. Antonio Da Ros, following previous collaborations with Riccardo Licata, Fulvio Bianconi, and Napoleone Martinuzzi, assumed the artistic direction of the glassworks in 1959, bringing innovative and expressive design inventions using the submerged glass technique.

Photography: Bruno Pulici


  • Cristina Beltrami e Giordana Naccari, a cura di, L’Arca di Vetro, La collezione di animali di Pierre Rosenberg, Skira Editore, 2021, pp. 60;6; 264; 265;

  • Marc Heiremans, a cura di, Art Glass from Murano 1910-1970, Berlino, 1996, p. 75;

  • M. Barovier, R. Barovier Mentasti, A. Dorigato, Il vetro di Murano alle Biennali 1895-1972, Leonardo Arte editore, Milano, 1995, p. 196.
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