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

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  • Provenance

    Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    "The Venetians: Modern Glass 1919–1990," Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York, October 27–December 2, 1989

  • Literature

    William Warmus, ed., The Venetians: Modern Glass 1919–1990, exh. cat., Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York, 1989, illustrated p. 15; Rita Reif, "Venetian Glass: Ancient Designs, Modern Accents", The New York Times, November 5, 1989, p. H42 for a discussion of the vase Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan 1999, cover and pp. 92 and 199, fig. 105

  • 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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Very rare “flashed” glass vase

ca. 1930

Red pâte de verre.

7 in. (17.8 cm.) high

Produced by Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellin & C., Italy.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $72,100


15 December 2010
New York