An art glass bowl in green sommerso glass, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini Murano Venice in the 1930s. The bowl is made of thick green glass with regular air bubble inclusions and gold foil decoration. Acid etched signature "venini murano" on the base. Venini model number 3528. The sommerso glass was one of the first results of the cooperation between Paolo Venini and Carlo Scarpa. It was presented for the first time at the XIX Bienale of Venice in 1934.
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: 2.95" (7.5 cm)
Diameter: 5.51" (14 cm)