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

    Cambi Casa d'Aste, Genoa, 'Design', 18 December 2015, lot 210
    Private collection, Treviso

  • Literature

    Gio Ponti, 'Considerazioni sui vetri di Venini', Domus, no. 103, July 1936, p. 31 for the model
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 246, pl. 61 for the model from the catalogo blu
    Marino Barovier, ed., Carlo Scarpa: Venini 1932-1947, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2012, p. 313 for the model

  • 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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Vase, model no. 3983

circa 1942
Lattimo glass with applied gold leaf.
13 x 10 x 6.8 cm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 2 5/8 in.)
Manufactured by Venini & C., Murano, Italy. Underside of base with manufacturer's paper label VENINI/MURANO.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £12,500

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London Auction 21 September 2016