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  • Literature

    “Lattimi 1931–1935,” Venini: Catologo Blu, Murano, pl. 58, model no. 3911; Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 178 and 223, fig. 270 and p. 285, fig. 53 for a period illustration; Marino Barovier, ed., Venetian glass: The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection, New York, 2000, p. 104; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Catalogue 1921–2007, vol. 2, Turin, 2007, pl. 102 for a similar example

  • 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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"Pennellate" vase, model no. 3911

ca. 1942
Bloomed transparent glass with applied pink and amethyst pasta vitrea.
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
Produced by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with “venini murano ITALIA.”

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $146,500

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York