Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its History, Artists and Techniques, Catalogue 1921-2007, vol. 1, Turin, 2007, The Blue Catalogue (appendix), pl. 132
    Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, Tommaso Buzzi at Venini, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2014, p. 413 for a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model ceiling light was designed under the artistic direction of Tomaso Buzzi at Venini, circa 1933. The four bell-shaped shades were originally made in gold-shaded lattimo glass. However the present ceiling light features battuto glass shades, a technique introduced under the artistic direction of Carlo Scarpa in 1940. For that reason, we have chosen to present this “hybrid” piece as the work of Carlo Scarpa.

  • 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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Ceiling light, model no. 5212

circa 1940
Battuto glass, glass, brass.
50 x 53 1/2 x 20 in. (127 x 135.9 x 50.8 cm)
Produced by Venini & Co., Murano, Italy.

$22,000 - 28,000 

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New York Auction 13 December 2016