Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Friday, June 15, 2012 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Venini: Catologo Blu, Murano, pl. 42, model no. 3

  • 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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ca. 1936
Murrine glass, fruitwood, mirrored glass.
19 x 4 1/4 x 19 in (48.3 x 10.8 x 48.3 cm)
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Reverse inscribed in pencil ‘881’.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,750


15 June 2012
New York