Heavy Vetro Sommerso Vase by Carlo Scarpa for Venini Murano ca. 1930s
Item e6557

A vetro sommerso bollicine vase designed by Carlo Scarpa between 1934 and 1936. Manufactured by Venini Murano Venice in the  1930s. Thick green glass with multiple air bubbles and gold foil inclusions. Acid etched signature 'venini murano ITALIA' on the base. Venini model number 3563. The sommerso bollicine series was first exhibited at the Biennale of Venice in 1934 and later on the Trienale of Milan in 1936. Very good condition with a very tiny hairline on the rim of the base. 

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.

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Height: 8.66" (22 cm)
Diameter: 5.71" (14.5 cm)

Literature Reference:
Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpa Venini 1932 - 1947, Milano 2012, pages 124 and 136
Marina Barovier, Il Vetro di Murano alle Bienali 1895-1972, Milano 1995, page 129
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Gli Artisti di Venini, Milano 1996, foto 75
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