Carlo Scarpa - ITALIA Theme Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Domus, December 1928, p. 59; Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, pp. 192, 225 and 246–47

  • 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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Vase, model no. 5673

c. 1926
Coloured iridescent glass.
31 cm (12 1/4 in) high

Manufactured by M.V.M. Cappelin and Co, Italy. Underside acid-etched with 'M.V.M./Cappellin/Murano'.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £17,500

ITALIA Theme Sale

30 June 2010