A rare lattimo velato vase designed by Carlo Scarpa ca. 1936. Manufactured by Venini Murano Venice in the 1930s. Thin milky glass with fine horizontal grinding. Acid etched signature 'venini murano ITALIA' on the base and Venini Museo lable on the body. The vase was bought in the 1990s directly from the Venini collection. Venini model number 3607. The velati series was first exhibited at the Biennale of Venice and on the Trienale of Milan in 1940.
Carlo Scarpa (1906 – 1978) was one of the most important architects of Italian modernism. Like his role model Frank Lloyd Wright, he was a follower of organic architecture. Scarpa worked with the M.V.M Cappelin Glassworks from 1925 to 1931 and for Venini from 1932 to 1947. His designs characterize the 20s and 30s in both companies. In the early years he created especially light blown glass designs with geometrical forms. Since the 1930s he moved to designes with heavy submerged (sommereso) glasses. Further design ideas from his signature were presented at the 19th Biennale d'Arte in Venice. Carlo Scarpa explored the interaction of glass and light in his works. Several well known glass techniques such as murrine (patterned glass made from rods), penelatte (glass with brushstroke decoration), inciso (glass with cutted lines) and battuto (beaten glass) characterise his objects. In 1961, Carlo Scarpa created a large light installation with modular polyhedra in the form of free fall for the World Exhibition in Turin.
Height: 5.12" (13 cm)
Diameter: 4.33" (11 cm)