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  • Literature

    'Con Base Corroso, A Fascie 1931–1936', Venini: Catologo Blu, Murano, pl. 212, model no. 186
    Helmut Ricke and Eva Schmitt, Italian Glass Murano, Milan 1930-1970, Munich, 1997, fig. 25, p. 63
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, fig. 137, p. 213
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921–1986, Milan, 2000, p. 248, pl. 212, model no. 186
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, catalogue 1921-2007, Vol. 2, Milan, 2007, pl. 70
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa Venini 1932-1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, Milan, 2012, p. 244

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gio Ponti presented Carlo Scarpa’s spirale table set model no. 186, which included similar examples to the present lot, at the VI Milan Triennale in 1936.

  • 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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‘Spirale’ carafe and six glasses, from table set model no. 186

circa 1936
Transparent uncolored and aquamarine glass.
Carafe: 11 in (28 cm) high, 4 7/8 in (12.5 cm) diameter; each glass: 2 1/2 in (6.4 cm) high, 2 1/8 in (5.4 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Underside of carafe acid-etched with 'venini/murano' and underside of 5 glasses 'venini/murano/MADE IN/ITALY' (7).

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $12,500


12 December 2012
New York