Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    XXXI Biennale di Venezia, 1962

  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Murano ‘900, Milan, 1996, illustrated p. 310, pl. 226

  • 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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Important murrine glass bowl with molato surface

designed 1940, executed ca. 1962
1 3/4 x 12 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (4.4 x 32.4 x 26.4 cm.)
Produced by Venini, Italy.  Together with a certificate of authenticity from Venini.

$45,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $110,500


14 Nov 2009
New York