Carlo Scarpa - Design London Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris

  • Literature

    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect, Milan, 1999, front cover for a similar example
    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, p. 299 for a similar example

  • 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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Iridescent black pasta vitrea glass.
14.6 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm (5 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 in.)
Produced by M.V.M. Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy. Underside acid-etched MVM/Cappellin/Murano.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £30,240

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design


London Auction 9 November 2021