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  • Literature

    “A BOLLICINE 1931–1934,” Venini: Catologo Blu, Murano, pl. 34, model no. 11020; Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, p. 204, fig. 10 for a similar example; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Volume 1, Milan, 2007, n.p. pl. 34, model no. 11020; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Catalogue 1921–2007, vol. 2, Turin, 2007, pl. 79 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 bollicine’ vase, model no. 11020

ca. 1931–1934
Heavily bloomed opaque green glass.
8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high, 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diameter
Produced by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with “venini/murano.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from Venini.

$22,000 - 28,000 

Sold for $56,250

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York