Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Martin & Lee Rubin Collection of Art Glass on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 10:30 am PDT. Important pieces from the collection were initially offered recently at Bonhams, where a number of works realized tens of thousands of dollars. Now Turner Auctions + Appraisals is featuring over 115 lots of this extensive collection, which includes sculpture, vases, bowls and figurines, including many from Italy.
Amassed over 40 years, the Rubin Collection focuses on Italian art glass, with some American examples as well. Martin Rubin began his collection by buying small glass artworks from galleries near his home in Athens, Ohio. An academic and lecturer in philosophy at Ohio University, Mr. Rubin later started a small record store on campus, the Audio Buff Company, which grew to become a nationwide distributor to music libraries. His wife Lee, who shared his collecting passion, worked in health and human services in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where she is listed in the state's Hall of Fame.
Building their collection together, they made several trips to Murano, Italy; became acquainted with gallery owners in the U.S. and around the world; and made friends with the glassmakers themselves -- and famed glassblower Lino Tagliapietra, in particular. As a result, according to their son David Rubin, their very colorful home in Arizona was like a museum, filled with hundreds of art glass works, sculpture and paintings.