Hello Zurich, ich fühle mich wie Mr. Spok

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Peter Gruenbaum


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X-Mas story by Riccardo Licata

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Peter Gruenbaum

Born in Turin, in 1929, Riccardo Licata studied in Venice. Painter, tile setter, sculptor, carver, ceramist, scenographist, he explores and masters many techniques. He taught in prestigious universities in France and Italy. With sixty years of experience, he has shown work in four hundred personal exhibitions and along with other artists in more than five hundred collective exhibitions worldwide. He has received several prizes and awards such as Chevalier of the Order of Arts in France and Italy.

I have discovered the Christmas story by Riccardo Licata long ago by luck. The heirs of a deceased lawyer from Rome could not do much with this kind of art and through a friend I was able to buy  this very unique and rare masterpieces. There are 8 glass blocks in which the Christmas story illustrated: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the three kings , the ox and the donkey. This work is extremely demanding and could never be produced by other glass artists in this quality. It can be assumed that it is the first major work of glass art by Riccardo Licata. Each piece has an engraved by hand signature and the year 1952. At the same time his first Biennale and Single-exhibition was held in Venice where he showed glass blocks with underwater worlds. The same glass technique he employed in the coming years for its famous glass blocks-aquariums and fantasy objects that he created together with Gino Cenedese and Alfredo Barbini. For Venini he has created some Murrinenvasen and bowls, this with a continuous Murrinenband in "doppio incalmo" - something in the glass art is the most demanding at all possible.

The glass is not a crystal but rather reminds of industrial glass: This is either for cost reasons or because they were 8 blocks provided to immure in a chapel. The mass amounted to 31.5 x 17 x 5.5 cm. Each piece weighs about 7 kilos.  It is not documented anywhere because the owner acquired it directly from Riccardo Licata and they are then enters directly into my possession.

Price: Sfr. 150,000 including VAT (8).


More objects by Riccardo Licata :

More about his life as an artist :

I wish you all a Merry Christmas , a Happy New Year and many thanks for all the interesting customer contacts and the confidence that you gave me.

Peter Grünbaum
Schoffelgasse 3, 8001 Zurich / Switzerland

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This is the end of Schoffelgasse 3, 8001 Zurich

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Peter Gruenbaum

Posted in 1000-objekte,, 8001 Zürich, aldo nason, alfredo barbini, anzelo fuga, archimede seguso, barovier, carlo scarpa, dino martens, ettore sottsa, flavio Poli, fratelli toso, fulvio bianconi, gio ponti, giorgio ferro, giulio radi, memphis-design, muranoraritäten, Peter Grünbaum, riccardo licata, Schoffelgasse 3, shiro kuramata, thomas blank, thomas stearn, umberto boletto, venini, vittorio ferro

Invitation "Cose Fragili"

Posted on April 07, 2015 by Peter Gruenbaum

We cordially invite you and your friends to attend the opening event on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 10 am or the regular exhibition on 8 May to13 September 2015, Museum Bellerive, Höschgasse 3, Zürich.

I look forward to meeting you at the exhibition.

Peter Grünbaum 

Invitationcard in German:

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Mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge. // With a tear in one eye and a smile in the other.

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Peter Gruenbaum

Liebe Freunde

Wie Sie vielleicht bemerkt haben, sind einige Stücke der raren Muranovasen nicht mehr in meinem Online-Shop. Ich konnte in den letzten paar Monaten etwa 50 wertvolle und rare Muranovasen an einige engagierte Sammler verkaufen.  Einerseits freut es mich sehr, dass nun viele Lieblingstücke in sehr bedeuetenden oder wachsenden Sammlungen ihren Platz gefunden haben. Andererseits bin trotzdem ein wenig wehmütig, da meine Sammlung jetzt etwas weniger glamourös geworden ist. Ich habe aber noch einige wunderbare und seltene Glasobjekte zu bieten und werde in der nächsten Zeit weitere besondere Preziosen online stellen. Daneben gibt es ja auch noch Möbel, Licht, Porzellan und Keramik, Kunst, Bücher und Geschenkvorschläge.


Ich wünsche allen einen schönen Sommer.

Ihr Peter Grünbaum




Dear friends 

As you may have noticed, some of the rare pieces of Murano vases are not more in my online store. I was able to sell in the past few months about 50 precious and rare Murano vases dedicated  to few  collectors. On the one hand I am very happy that there are now are found in very important or growing collections or their place many favorite pieces. On the other hand, I am still a little wistfully, as my collection has now become a little less glamorous. But I have still many wonderful and rare glass objects to offer and will make the next time more special gems online. In addition, there are also wonderful objects of furniture, lighting, porcelain and ceramics, art, books and gift suggestions. 


I wish you all a beautiful summer.

Your Peter Grünbaum

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