Marc Chagall, Untitled (Roi David), 1954

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Untitled (Roi David), 1954
Medium:Murano Colored Glass Sculpture
Image Size:DIMENSIONS: 14 in x 13 1/4 in (35.8 cm x 33.6 cm)
Edition:This work is an artists proof.
Signature:This work is inscribed ‘M. Chagall | E. Costantini | 1954 © Fucina degli Angeli’ on verso
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7954
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Historical Description

Marc Chagall Untitled (Roi David), 1954 is a rare and imaginative culmination of the collaboration between Marc Chagall and the Fucina degli Angeli. This work is from the beginning of Chagall’s usage of Murano glass as a means of expression.  In 1954, Chagall was invited into the Fucina degli Angeli by Egidio Costantini who was the master glass blower at the time. This stunning and mesmeric sculpture beckons the eyes through the use of vivid, bold colors that blend seamlessly together. Blue, purple, teal and hints of red coalesce in the center of the glass plate, creating the backdrop for a whimsical scene placed in the foreground. A man in a crown kneels in the center of the work, preoccupied with the string instrument delicately constructed in his hands. Gilded flecks of gold are highlighted around the crown and instrument, showing us the depth of the lyrical poet. The transparent glass allows us to follow suite of the man, becoming entranced and lost in thought.

Created in 1954 in the Fucina degli Angeli in Venice, Italy, this Murano glass sculpture was realized by master glass artist Egidio Costantini (Brindisi, 1912- Venice, 1998) in collaboration Marc Chagall, (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985). This work is inscribed ‘M. Chagall | E. Costantini | 1954 © Fucina degli Angeli’ on verso and is an artist proof.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Untitled (Roi David), 1954 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Egidio Costantini: Il Maestro dei Maestri. Brussels: Espace Kiron and Espace Medicis, 1990. A different Chagall glass sculpture is listed on page 86 and illustrated on page 89.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.