Collection of Sabino glass acquired

25 Nov 2017 16:55
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The museum recently acquired a dozen pieces of opalescent glass animals and sculptures by Sabino of Paris to add to the growing collection of Art Deco glass made by French contemporaries such as Etling, D'Avesn, Verlys and Lalique.

Marius Ernest Sabino was born in Sicily in 1878. but moved to France as a young boy. He studied at the L'Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs and the Beaux Arts de Paris. In 1925 he created an opalescent glass with a blue hue. It had a high level of arsenic salts in it that gave it a distinctive colour and feel.

The pieces bought for the museum were made in the 1930s. They are etched in a cursive script with "Sabino France" if intended for export or "Sabino Paris" if intended for sale within France. Often an oval paper label is present too.

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Anton Doroszenko, Museum Director

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