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  • Literature

    Helmut Ricke and Eva Schmitt, Italian Glass Murano, Milan 1930-1970, Munich, 1997, p. 82, fig. 49
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 186-87, 224 for similar examples
    Marino Barovier, ed., Venetian glass: The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection, NewYork, 2000, p. 107, fig. 76, p. 276 for similar examples
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa Venini 1932-1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, Milano, 2012, pp. 450-61

  • Catalogue Essay

    Carlo Scarpa presented his conchiglie ( seashells) a t t he X XIII V enice
    Biennale in 1942. They included heavily iridized transparent colored glass
    dishes, vases, and decorative objects inspired by the sea.

  • 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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Seashell, model no. 1359

circa 1945
Transparent pale green glass with iridized surface.
2 1/4 x 9 5/8 x 9 in (5.7 x 24.4 x 22.9 cm)
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with 'venini/murano/ITALIA'.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,750


12 December 2012
New York