Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris, 1980s
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa: Venini 1932-1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, pp. 21, 202, 211, 214

  • 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 from a Private Collection, Brooklyn


"Corroso" vase, model no. 4101

circa 1936
Corroso glass with applied bugne details.
8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm) high, 7 in. (17.8 cm) diameter
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $16,380

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New York Auction 7 December 2021