Carlo Scarpa - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Rome

  • Literature

    'Alla Triennale Di Monza', Domus, no. 33, September 1930, p. 32
    Franco Deboni, Murano ‘900, Milan, 1996, p. 146, fig. 62 for the model
    Marino Barovier, ed., Venetian glass: The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection, New York, 2000, p 49, fig. 20, 206 for an image and a drawing

  • 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 vase, model no. 5673

circa 1926
Lattimo and coloured irridescente glass.
21 cm (8 1/4 in.) high, 18 cm (7 1/8 in.) diameter.
Produced by Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellin & C., Murano, Italy. Base acid etched with M.V.M./Cappellin/Murano.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £21,250

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London Auction 21 September 2016