Carlo Scarpa - Design London Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 259 for an example of the chandelier; Franco Deboni, Venini Glass, Its history, artists and techniques, Vol. 1, Milan, 2007, pl. 155 for an example of the chandelier

  • 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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Pair of wall lights

c. 1935
Filigrana specchiato glass, metal.
Each: 23.7 x 42 x 31 cm. (9 3/8 x 16 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.)

Produced by Venini, Italy (2).

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £3,750


7 April 2011