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

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  • Literature

    Domus, no. 150, June 1940, p. 57; Catalogo Blu, Venini, Murano, Soffiati, 1934-1936, p. 181; Roberto Aloi, L’Arredamento Moderno, Modern Furnishing, Milan, 1939, fig. 187 for a similar example; Anna Venini de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 264; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Volume 1, Milan, 2007, pp. 128 and 144 for a similar example and p. 264, pl. 181, fig. 5315 A 12 for a preparatory drawing

  • 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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Rare and important chandelier, model no. 5315 A 12

ca. 1941
Lattimo glass, clear glass, painted metal.
43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm.) drop, 36 1/2 in. (110.5 x 92.7 cm.) diameter
Manufactured by Venini, Italy.

$25,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $32,500


25 May 2011
New York