Carlo Scarpa - Design London Friday, June 19, 2020 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Enzo Biffi Gentili, Cleto Munari: Dandy Design, exh. Cat., Scuderie di Palazzo Reale, Naples, 1997, pp. 56-57

  • 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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Flatware service for twelve

circa 1977
Precious metal, stainless steel.
Largest: 23.6 cm (9 1/4 in.) long
Produced by Cleto Munari, Vicenza, Italy. Each with facsimile signature C. Scarpa/per cleto munari/silversmith's mark 266 VI and purity mark 925. Comprising 24 dinner forks, 12 fruit forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 fruit knives, 12 soup spoons, 12 tea spoons, 12 coffee spoons, 4 serving utensils (100).

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £32,500

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London Auction 19 June 2020