Artistic glass, an investment-passion

glass is biotiful art glassware
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Contemporary creation in art glassware has undergone a profound renewal. Artistic glass of unlikely shapes and colours are replacing the showcase objects of our grandparents.

Visit this surprising (virtual) exhibition Glass is Biotiful, which presents a true panorama of the diversity in this artistic field. 

We share our passion for precious objects. Awaken your artistic curiosity, explore the contemporary creation of artistic glass and you will be surprised at the potential of investing in these art objects. According to the latest ARTPRICE report, "Contemporary Art now accounts for 15% of Fine Art auctions, of which it has become the driving force with a growth of +2.100% in 20 years".

The exhibition "Glass is Biotiful II"

A wind of freshness has been blowing since September 2020 in Biot, the village of the "Templars" near Antibes. The blower and sculptor Nicolas LATY, represents the association So Big. For the second time, he brings together glass artists with extraordinary know-how. 

His aim is to share "a photograph, a partial, partial snapshot of international contemporary glass creation". As a connoisseur, he therefore chooses to show us the diversity of artistic currents in the field of contemporary art glass.

Whether you are an art lover or collector, you will be interested in this original exhibition. In reality, it is difficult to bring together the talents of contemporary creation in this artistic field. This cultural event has not yet been relayed enough.

This year, the 3 guests of honour are: Frenchman Damien François, Icelander Aesa Bjork and Canadian artist Shelly Muzylowski Allen.

Our favourite is the American artist Rob Stern for his fluid shapes that are sublimated by the pastel colours. 

Biot's glass factory

The revival of thehistory of artglass in France began with the founding of the Biot glass factory in the 1950s. And it still exists at the foot of the village.

Artistic blown glass is typically marked with small air bubbles. This technique was developed by Eloï Monod, an engineer by training.
This is how master glassmakers began to explore more and more new techniques. Today, the art of glass in Biot has been profoundly renewed by welcoming artists who have gone beyond traditional formulas.

Increasingly daring, the artistic creation of unique pieces can be found in specialized workshops.

Here are the most famous contemporary galleries in Biot: Pierini verrerie contemporaine, verrerie du Val de pôle, verrerie Farinelli, Nicolas Laty, Léo, Jean-Paul VanLith.

It should be noted that few women have managed to make a real breakthrough in the field. Let's mention our favorite Michèle LUZORO, creator of beautiful objects preserved by collectors. 

Our advice for a good investment 

Our first piece of advice is to contact directly all the galleries listed on the BIOT tourist office website.

To begin with, the price and the choice of artists can be a hindrance to your decision, that's why we can accompany you.

Then, the prices set in the gallery can be multiplied by 2 or 3 compared to those set in the auction room. Consequently, this difference corresponds to the investment made by the gallery owner.

In addition, the latter invests in promotion, sometimes co-producing a work, which is why it offers pieces of great value.

Very often, the artist is only paid on the day of the sale of his piece. Your purchases in the gallery can therefore contribute to supporting an artist and a whole local economy.

Each unique piece, contemporary or antique, deserves our admiration for its quality and the technical and artistic know-how of the master glassmakers. Thus, elements such as the signature and the number of the work must be clearly identified.   

Ideas and examples to get you started  

To start a classic glass of Biot. For example, the gift set consisting of 6 cups, 2 bowls and 1 ice cube bucket. You can find it on the e-shop of the Verrerie de Biot for 326 €. 

Next, our favourite is a funny animal work by Nicolas Laty. According to the estimates communicated in public sales, it will be necessary to count between 500 and 600 € expenses included. But there are no objects on sale at the moment. Consequently, you can get information directly from his online gallery.

Finally, the master glassmaker Robert Pierini (father) remains a sure value for an investment. In fact, we already have more than 130 public auctions worldwide. The next sale will take place on 5 December 2020 in Nîmes. It is a mushroom lamp by Robert Pierini (father) (1980) whose expected estimate is between 500 € and 600 €. 

Robert PIERINI Mushroom Lamp in polychrome blown glass
Lot 32 Description Robert PIERINI (Born 1950)Lamp Mushroom, in polychrome blown glass, Circa 1980, H. 50 cm Private collection, France.
Provenance: Galerie Place des Arts 1985, Montpellier.

In conclusion, we put our expertise at your service to help you acquire and sell your works of art in the best conditions.  

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