Rare mirror, model no. 77

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  • Provenance

    Franco Angeli, Rome
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 242 for a smaller version of the model
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its History, Artists and Techniques, Catalogue 1921-2007, vol. 1, Turin, 2007, The Blue Catalogue (appendix), pl. 44D for a smaller version of the model

  • Artist Bio

    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 mirror, model no. 77

circa 1939
Battuto glass, mirrored glass, brass.
62 x 61.5 x 8.3 cm (24 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy. Reverse with manufacturer's paper labels printed Vetri Soffiati Muranesi/VENINI S. A./N. 010692 and VENINI & C. MURANO/MADE IN ITALY. Each brass hanger impressed VENINI/MURANO.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

sold for £27,500

Contact Specialist
Antonia King
Interim Head of Sale
+44 20 7901 7944
antonia.king@phillips.com

Design

London Auction 17 October 2019