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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 for similar examples
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa Venini 19321947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, Milan, 2012, pp. 450-61

  • 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 blue glass with iridized surface.
2 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 8 5/8 in (5.6 x 24.7 x 22 cm)
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with ‘veninni/murano/ITALIA’.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,250


12 December 2012
New York