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  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Vol. 1, Milan, 2007, pl. 142

  • 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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Rare ceiling light, model no. 5258

c. 1931
Opaque glass, coloured glass murrine, copper.
113 cm. (44 1/2 in.) drop, 45 cm. (17 3/4 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Venini, Italy.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £18,750

Design

28 April 2010
London