Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Doyle, New York, "Doyle + Design," June 11, 2014, lot 242
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 242
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its history, artists and techniques, Volume 1, Turin, 2007, pl. 43
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa: Venini 1932-1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, p. 33

  • 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 of a Private Collector, New York


Mirror, model no. 30

circa 1937
Iridato glass, mirrored glass, brass.
14 1/4 x 16 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. (36.2 x 41 x 8.3 cm)
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy. Two brass mounts each impressed VENINI/MURANO, one brass mount impressed MADE IN/ITALY, and each corner bracket impressed 17, 18, 19 and 20, respectively. The reverse of each glass pane acid-etched Venini/Murano and MADE IN/ITALY.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $24,130

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New York Auction 5 December 2023