Carlo Scarpa - Wired: Online Auction London Thursday, November 23, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Bonhams, London, 14 October 2020, lot 120
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Marina Barovier, Carlo Scarpa, I vetri di Murano 1927-1947, Padua, 2001, p. 94 (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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Monumental vase, from the 'Cinesi' series

printed 'VENINI S.A./MURANO' on a manufacturers paper label on the underside; acid-etched 'venini murano italia' on the underside
incamiciato glass
60 x 24 x 24 cm (23 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1950 and produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy.

£2,000 - 3,000 

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Wired: Online Auction

23 - 30 November 2023