In our April 14th Modern Auction we will be offering a light fixture by the well-known glass artist Narcissus Quagliata. The fixture was created as a private commission for a Virginia estate in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Narcissus Quagliata was born in 1942 in Rome and studied with Giorgio de Chirico before attending the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn. After receiving his MFA, Quagliata built a studio in a wilderness area of California and spent the next four years working there. By the end of that experience he had reached the decision to work primarily in glass, believing that art works in glass can manipulate light in a way that improves the quality of life of those around them. Quagliata's glass sculptures are extremely well known and his work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other prominent museums.