Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Friday, November 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    XXIII Venice Biennale, Venice, 1942

  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, illustrated pl. 108; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Catalogue 1921-2007, Turin, 2007, illustrated pl. 108
     
     

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM THE VENINI ARCHIVES

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Important rare bicolore a macchie glass bowl

ca. 1942
Iridescent surface.
2 3/8 in. (5.9 cm.) high, 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.) diameter
Produced by Venini, Italy.  Underside acid-stamped with “venini murano ITALIA.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from Venini.

Estimate
$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $80,500

Design

14 Nov 2009
New York