Carlo Scarpa - Design Masters New York Monday, December 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Italy

  • Literature

    Venini: Red Catalogue, Murano, model no. 4476; Helmut Ricke and Eva Schmitt, Italian Glass Murano, Milan 1930–1970, Munich, 1997, p. 65, fig. 28 for a similar example; Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 162–163 and 220, fig. 235 and p. 238, fig. 47 for a period illustration of a similar example; Marino Barovier, ed., Venetian Glass: The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection, New York, 2000, p. 216 for a similar example; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Volume 1, Milan, 2007, n.p. model no. 4476; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, catalogue 1921–2007, vol. 2, Turin, 2007, pl. 104 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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‘A fasce applicate’ plate, model no. 4476

ca. 1940
Bloomed transparent glass with applied red and aquamarine glass fasce.
2 × 10 3/4 × 14 1/2 in. (5.1 × 27.3 × 36.8 cm.)
Produced by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with “venini/murano/ITALIA.”

$15,000 - 20,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York