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Offline Jay Kaner

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A couple of questions about Flavio Poli.
« on: October 07, 2006, 11:48:21 PM »
Hi.  

I have a few vases that are, I'm fairly sure, 'Poli' designs.  What I'd like to know is, what's the chances they were actually made by him? I'd like to think the ones I have, were (Actually, for all I know they might not even have anything to do with him!!) I don't know anything about how things like this were set up

It just seems to me that there are so many 'Poli' vases (and whatever) that he couldn't have made them all himself.  Did he have other glass makers making the pieces alongside him?  Or did he actually produce that much stuff?

That was the original question I wanted to ask, but after putting a 'Poli' search in here, I'd like to know if it's right that there are modern 'copies' being made of his stuff?  Especially his 50's stuff?

Here's some piccys of my 'Poli' pieces, to give you an idea of what I like
Poliwise.

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3466

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3453

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3459

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3464

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3465

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3474

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3470

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3469

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3466

Thanks for any answers you can give me on this.  

Jay


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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2006, 11:57:28 PM »
Hi again.

I should've mentioned in my OP that some of the 'Poli' vases I've had for a long time, but some were bought over the last couple of years on eBay.


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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 12:16:55 AM »
Hi Jay,
Thanks for the post.
Yes, there are new pieces being made, and sold on Ebay as Polie that are new. So new I see them at the glass gallery at the Mall here in Orlando all the time. They sell the cut top vases, the pitcher shapes, geode bowls, everything. That is 1 of the reasons I no longer buy the sommerso pieces on Ebay.
There are of course those that are real, but I'd rather not mess with them at all. Just my preference.
can you tell us which pieces you have had the longest?
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006, 01:27:12 AM »
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Hi Jay,
Thanks for the post.
Yes, there are new pieces being made, and sold on Ebay as Polie that are new. So new I see them at the glass gallery at the Mall here in Orlando all the time. They sell the cut top vases, the pitcher shapes, geode bowls, everything. That is 1 of the reasons I no longer buy the sommerso pieces on Ebay.
There are of course those that are real, but I'd rather not mess with them at all. Just my preference.
can you tell us which pieces you have had the longest?
Javier


Hi there  :)  

That's not good news with the modern pieces  :cry:   There I was, wondering if my 'Poli' pieces were made by him or maybe one of his students, and now I'm not even sure if they're actually 50's pieces.

I'm not too disheartened because I love that style and can live with the fact that some may be modern.  But even so, it's dissapointing finding this out

These are the ones I've had a long time, years before I started with eBay.

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3459

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3453

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3464

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3470

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3466

I'll be looking at the Poli's on eBay in a different light now  :shock:

Thanks again for the help   :)

Jay


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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 01:53:44 AM »
Hi again Jay,
Dont be discouraged by what I said. Just pointing out that there are new pieces out there in the same forms. Hopefully some of our other members can put their 2 cents in about your pieces.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 08:25:52 AM »
Hi Jay
The ashtray in your 4th picture is definitely not Poli and these were mass produced in huge quantities and turn up at most boot fairs at about £5 each.
The two blue pieces in your last picture look more Scandinavian than Murano and they are also certainly not Poli.
You will find that Poli actually produced very little glass since his primary role was as chief designer so his creations were largely produced by other workers, though these include some very notable names of Murano glass blowing such as Archimede Seguso during his work for Seguso Vetri d'Arte, not to be confused with his work at his own studios.
Hope this helps a litte, the situation should be clarified greatly when the long awaited book on Seguso Vetri d'Arte is finally published, but I know they have run into a few problems and it is now not likely to hit the streets until next year, but having seen an early proof it will be worth the long wait.
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 09:40:29 AM »
more waiting on the book? eeeek!
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A couple of questions about Flavio Poli.
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006, 04:55:08 PM »
The only one that might have been produced at Seguso Vetri d'Arte, of which Flavio Poli was principle designer, is photo number 31. The rest are too "sloppy" to be produced by that company, whose trademark was near perfection.  Please don't be offended by this comment - you're pieces are very pretty.  However, the Poli pieces have extremely clean, pure lines and very architectural forms. They just don't look like your items.

Laura


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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006, 10:02:43 PM »
Quote from: "svazzo"
Hi again Jay,
Dont be discouraged by what I said. Just pointing out that there are new pieces out there in the same forms. Hopefully some of our other members can put their 2 cents in about your pieces.
Javier


It's ok Javier.  I'm not discouraged.  I'm really happy with the ones I've got.  They look great with all my other stuff and I really didn't expect them to be by Poli himself.  It's just the modern copies that threw me.  I wasn't expecting that!!  :shock:

Any idea why there are modern copies?  Is this something new? Something to do with his collectability since eBay came along?   Or has this been going on for a while?   And does sorta thing happen with other glass and it's designers?  Got me wondering now...  :?  :)

Jay


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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2006, 10:11:55 PM »
Quote from: "Laura Friedman"
The only one that might have been produced at Seguso Vetri d'Arte, of which Flavio Poli was principle designer, is photo number 31. The rest are too "sloppy" to be produced by that company, whose trademark was near perfection.  Please don't be offended by this comment - you're pieces are very pretty.  However, the Poli pieces have extremely clean, pure lines and very architectural forms. They just don't look like your items.

Laura


Hi Laura  :)   I'm not at all offended by what you, or any others, have to say regarding my questions.  
It's good to know the truth behind them.  
Most of the 'ideas' I had regarding what I own comes from a lack of knowledge on my part.  
As I've said elsewhere in here before, when it comes to glass, I knows what I likes but I don't really know anything about it.  
I have quite a lot of books on 50's design that have the odd bit to do with glass, though nothing too specialist (my main area of collecting over the years has mostly been ceramics).  
Saying that though, I have always thought that the 'Poli' pieces I have were lacking that certain 'something' I got from looking at genuine Poli pieces in those books, hence my original question.

I'm not too disheartened.  The pieces I have may not be the genuine articles, but they certainly look the part on display with my other 50's stuff (which is genuine)   :)

Thanks tho' Laura for your reply.  
I do want to ask tho'... You say "photo 31" but to be honest I can't see a 'photo' 31 and don't know which one you mean? The gallery lists them as files, and file 31 is a piccy of two Scandi vases?

 

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