Carlo Scarpa - Design London Thursday, May 12, 2022 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Italy

  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its History, Artists and Techniques, Volume 1, The Blue Catalogue, Turin, 2007, pl. 43

  • 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 table mirror, model no. 40

circa 1939
Rigato glass, mirrored glass, brass, birch plywood.
37.6 x 32.6 x 24.8 cm (14 3/4 x 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy. Bracket on reverse impressed VENINI/MURANO.

£8,000 - 12,000 Ω

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London Auction 12 May 2022