According to a letter from Gino Cenedese to Frank Vanderlip, Jr., dated March 31, 1958, the design for this particular Aquarium block was inspired by a sketch by Pablo Picasso that Licata had seen during a visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid. He was so taken by the abstract work that he decided to reinterpret aspects of it in the medium of glass.
Provenance: Gino Cenedese s.r.l. Murano, Venice, Italy Frank Vanderlip, Jr., 1958 Thence by descent
Literature: Helmit Ricke, Italian Glass: Murano Milan 1930-1970: The Steinberg Collection, New York, Prestel, 1997, cover, for similar example.