Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921–1986, Milan, 2000, p. 264, fig. 183; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its history, artists and techniques, Vol. 1, Milan, 2007; Catologo Blu, Venini, Murano, Filigrana Specchiato 1935, pl. 155 for a similar example

  • 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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Six-arm chandelier

ca. 1941
Lattimo glass, brass, glass.
44 1/2 in. (113 cm.) drop, 29 1/2 in. (75 cm.) diameter
Produced by Venini, Italy.

$24,000 - 28,000 

Sold for $27,500


15 December 2010
New York