Carlo Scarpa - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York
    Phillips, New York, 'Design', 15 December 2010, lot 92
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    'The Venetians: Modern Glass 1919–1990', Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York, 27 October–2 December 1989

  • Literature

    William Warmus ed., The Venetians: Modern Glass 1919–1990, exh. cat., Muriel Karasik Gallery, New York, 1989, illustrated p. 15
    Rita Reif, 'Venetian Glass: Ancient Designs, Modern Accents', The New York Times, 5 November 1989, illustrated p. 42
    Marc Heiremans, Art Glass from Murano 1910–1970, Stuttgart, 1993, pp. 88-89
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, p. 258
    Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, eds., The M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks and the young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2018, pp. 217, 294

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the IV Monza Triennale, 1930.

  • 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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Property from an Important European Collection


Rare vase, model no. 5971

circa 1930
Coloured glass with red pasta vitrea trim.
20.5 cm (8 1/8 in.) high
Produced by M.V.M. Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy.

£18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for £45,360

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021