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  • Literature

    Marc Heiremans, Art Glass from Murano 1910–1970, Stuttgart, 1993, p. 250, fig. 203
    Franco Deboni, Murano ’900, Milan, 1996, p. 275, fig. 191
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921–1986, Milan, 2000, p.138
    Marina Barovier, et al., Carlo Scarpa: I vetri di Murano 1927–1947, Padua, 2001, pp. 70–71
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, catalogue 1921–2007, Volume 2, Milan, 2007, pl. 78
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa: Venini, 1932–1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, pp. 21, 212

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present form, distinguished by its asymmetric applied decorations at the base and side, appears as model number 4105 on plate 40 of Venini’s Catalogo Blu. Carlo Scarpa, then artistic director of the company, first presented his thick-walled corrosi vases in 1936 at the XX Venice Biennale and the VI Milan Triennale. The rough surfaces of these works were produced by applying sawdust soaked in hydrofluoric acid.

  • 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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‘Corroso’ vase, model no. 4105

circa 1936
Handblown ruby and amber corroso glass with applied decoration and iridized surface.
6 7/8 in (17.5 cm) high
Manufactured by Venini, Italy. Underside acid-etched with 'venini/italia'.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York