Carlo Scarpa - Design London Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), no. 150, June 1940, p. 57
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 212 fig. 128, p. 264, pl. 181 for an eight and twelve-armed example
    Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa, Venini 1932-1947, Milan, 2012, p. 39 for a twelve-armed example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model chandelier was exhibited at the VII Triennale, Milan, 1940.

  • 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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Ten-armed chandelier, model no. 5315

Lattimo glass, clear glass, painted metal.
119 cm (46 7/8 in.) drop, 97.5 cm (38 3/8 in.) diameter
Produced by Venini, Italy.

£16,000 - 24,000 

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London 24 September 2014 2pm