CARLO SCARPA (Venice, 1906 - Japan, 1978) for VENINI.
“Battuto” vase, 1940.
Red Murano glass.
With Venini stamp on the base.
Published in "Venini Glas. Mit Einer Einführung Von dan Klein".
Measurements: 18.5 x 10 x 10 cm.
Carlo Scarpa is considered one of the great Italian designers worldwide, occupying a key position in the evolution of design in his country. Currently, Scarpa's unique design and furniture pieces can be found at auctions such as Christie's, obtaining such relevant auctions as "An Easel", a unique easel that reached 170,000 euros in 2018 or "A vitrine on Stand", a unique showcase which reached 230,000 euros at auction that same year.
Hammered works are pieces of thick glass whose surface is distinguished by a particular finish obtained by grinding. The hammering technique was invented by Scarpa in the early 1940s to give glass an appearance similar to beaten silver ("honeycomb" hammering) or worked stone (horizontal or vertical hammering). The first "hammered" works were exhibited at the 20th Venice Biennale and the 7th Milan Triennale.
Carlo Scarpa studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Venice, where he graduated in 1926. A prolific designer passionate about glass as a material, in the late 1920s he designed his first furniture, beginning to attend artistic circles and intellectuals of Venice, where he met and interacted with important designers such as Giuseppe Ungaretti, Carlo Carra, Lionello Venturi, Diego Valeri and Giacomo Noventa. From 1933 he began to work with Paolo Venini's glass factory, a collaboration that lasted until 1947. His first exhibition took place at the 1932 Venice Biennale and two years later at the Milan Triennale. Despite his broad and visionary talents, Scarpa designed relatively few furniture designs, which were primarily delivered for site-specific installations for private clients.