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  • Provenance

    Anna Patrassi, Milan
    Phillips, New York, "Design," May 25, 2011, lot 172
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 73, 196, 258
    Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, eds., The M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks and the young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2018, pp. 205, 290

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the IV Monza Triennale, 1930.

  • 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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Property from an Important European Collection


Vase, model no. 5948

circa 1929
Pasta vitrea glass with applied gold leaf.
8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) high
Produced by M.V.M Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy. Underside acid-etched with partially obscured manufacturer's mark.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $25,200

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New York Auction 9 June 2021