“I love Chinese pottery, I have been collecting it for years. I decided, after having observed their shapes, to create a vase that referred to this far and legendary land, which was narrated to us by Marco Polo’s diaries, possibly the most famous Venetian merchant of all”.
Chinese Vase is a large glass flowerpot, blown in Murano, on which the Mandarin symbol for love, called “double happiness”, is engraved. The two colors chosen for this vase, black and grey, and the round edges on which light slides, both accentuate the intimate and meditative dimension of the object. The clean and modern shape reminds one of an ancient, timeless elegance.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.