Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Anna Patrassi, Milan

  • Literature

    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 194-195 and 261 for similar examples; Marina Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: I vetri di Murano 1927-1947, Padua, 2001, p. 47 for the model

  • Artist Biography

    Carlo Scarpa

    Italian • 1906 - 1978

    Phillips Design has a deep-rooted passion for the work of Carlo Scarpa, one of the twentieth century's great poets, whose rhythms, lines and materials — a grammar of space — appeal both as a local response to the architect's birth city, Venice, and a universal language of ordered dynamism.

    Carlo Scarpa graduated with a degree in architectural drawing from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice in 1926. In the years that followed, he worked as a teaching assistant for a former professor, ran his own architectural practice in Venice and worked as a freelance artist for M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks. When M.V.M. Cappellin went bankrupt in 1932, Scarpa joined Venini & C. in Murano, where he served as artistic director until 1947. During his tenure at Venini, Scarpa developed a host of new techniques — in particular, mezza filigrano, a bollicine and corroso — that catapulted the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing to the forefront of modernist design.

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Spherical vase, model no. 5932

ca. 1929-1930
Bloomed purple glass with applied gold leaf.
5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm.) high
Produced by Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellin & C., Italy. Underside with remnants of a paper label.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $32,500


25 May 2011
New York