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Carlo Scarpa

1940

Numbered Edition

Blown handmade glass vases with bicolored “Filigrana” stripes, then cut.

Colore: Antique Red

1: 524.02 Ø 5,51” - 13,38”

2: 524.04 Ø 5,51” H 9,44”

Tecnica di lavorazione: Beaten, Canes and Filigree

Author

Carlo Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice where he began his professional career.
He dedicated himself to university lecturing which, in different posts, he continued until 1977. He made a name for himself after the second World War with prestigious productions, amongst which in Venice: the Paul Klee exhibition for the XXIV Biennial Exhibition, the Art Book Pavilion (1950), the Italy Pavilion at the XXVI Biennial Exhibition.
He started collaborating with Venini in 1932 and, acting as artistic director until 1946, he designed objects d’art and lamps. He has left an extremely important mark in both the designs of models and research into the most sophisticated techniques.

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Technique

Beaten

In the late 30’s the glass masters started to realize some new techniques, for which the decorative element is fundamental. Beaten and cut glass is characterized by an engraved surface with small irregular parallel scratches.

Canes and Filigree

The Cane is a circular glass element. It can be thick and full whet employed to obtain the “Murrine”, multicolored (transparent and opaque) or monochrome. The smallest cane is called “Cannetta” (little cane). The cane employed to obtain the Filigree can be linear transparent with a colored glass filaments inside, or twisted. There is the “reticello” Filigree with a delicate drawing inside, the “ritortoli” Filigree with some filaments that create a spiral drawing. The latter is also known as “zanfirico” (from Antonio Sanguirico, an antique dealer). The canes are melted together and then blown in order to obtain a unique object. The works realized with this technique are very precious
due to the difficulty of manufacturing.