Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ruth Hine, New York

  • Literature

    'Sommersi 1934–1936', Venini: Catologo Blu, Murano, pl. 36, model no. 3636
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 110-11, 205 for similar examples
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 240, pl. 36, model no. 3636
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Volume 1, Milan, 2007, n.p., pl. 36, model no. 3636
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa Venini 19321947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, Milan, 2012, pp. 104-19 for the technique, p. 142, model 3636

  • 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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‘Bollicine’ vase, model no. 3636

circa 1932-1936
Jade green bubble glass with gold leaf inclusions.
3 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 4 in (8.7 x 27 x 10.2 cm)
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with ‘venini/murano'.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $10,625


12 December 2012
New York