Carlo Scarpa - Design New York Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Sorrento

  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini: Catalogue Raisonne 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 260
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its history, artists and techniques, Catalogue 1921-2007, Vol. 1, Turin, 2007, The Blue Catalogue (appendix), n.p.

  • 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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Ceiling light, model no. 5294

circa 1936
Cordonato glass, chromium-plated metal.
39 in. (99.1 cm) drop, 21 in. (53.3 cm) diameter
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $34,020

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New York Auction 7 December 2022