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

    XXIII Venice Biennale, Venice, 1942

  • Literature

    Helmut Ricke and Eva Schmitt, Italian Glass Murano, Milan 1930-1970, Munich, 1997, p. 81, pl. 48 for a similar example; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Milan, 2003, illustrated pl. 78; Franco Deboni, I Vetri Venini, Catalogue 1921-2007, Turin, 2007, pl. 116

  • 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 fili glass vase

ca. 1942
7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm.) high
Produced by Venini, Italy.  Underside signed "Venini Italia."  Together with a certificate of authenticity from Venini.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $68,500


14 Nov 2009
New York