Pennellate

*Examples from the Pennellate series illustrated in a photograph from the 1950s. (Photograph courtesy of Marino Barovier)*

Carlo Scarpa’s tenure at Venini was a tour-de-force of experimental art glass design. Seamlessly integrating essential shape references from classical antiquity and ancient Chinese art with traditional Murano craftsmanship and modernist art conventions, Scarpa created a diverse body of work with lasting influence. Presented at the Biennale of 1942, Pennellate are among the last pieces designed by Scarpa for Venini. Executed in rich colors against a clear background, they seem to reference the brushwork of abstract painting while also paying homage to the Japanese Sumi-e tradition that Scarpa greatly admired.

**Carlo Scarpa** 1906–1978

Carlo Scarpa was born in Venice in 1906, and died an accidental death in Japan in 1978. Like many great artists, Scarpa’s work as architect and designer is highly influential and yet remains enigmatic, illusive and hard to categorize. What is obvious in all his work is an underlying transcendental quality, an uncanny ability to create powerful emotional states in all who experience it. It is perhaps this quality that makes him one of the most beloved and revered figures in the history of 20th century Italian art and design.

Scarpa’s various biographers often point to his sensitivity to materials and his ability to evoke the past, but nothing about Scarpa is easy to define. In 1919 he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and graduated in 1926 with the title of Professor of Architecture. He did not, however, sit the pro forma exam required by the Italian government, and hence was never fully licensed as an architect.

Auction Results **Carlo Scarpa**

### Carlo Scarpa

Pasta Vitrea flask, model 1276

result: $112,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Decoro Finicio vase, model 5932

result: $112,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Inciso Velato vase, model 3791

result: $92,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Rilievi vase, model 3659

result: $81,700

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Inciso vase, model 3941

result: $77,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase, model 5673

result: $75,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Pennellate vase

result: $74,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Pennellate vase, model 3788

result: $70,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Lattimo Oro vase

result: $62,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Owl, model 4757

result: $62,500

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fili vase, model 4540

result: $58,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase

result: $52,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Important A Murrine Opache plate

result: $52,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Decoro Fenicio vase, model 5644

result: $50,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Important Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3527

result: $50,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Pasta Vitrea vase

result: $50,000

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fili vase

result: $41,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 11016

result: $40,960

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $40,640

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto floor lamp

result: $39,600

### Carlo Scarpa

Pennellate vase, model 3769

result: $37,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3908

result: $35,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Cinese/Iridato vase, model 3932

result: $33,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare A Fiori Murrine vase, model 5943

result: $32,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3781

result: $32,500

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $32,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Important Millefiori bowl, model 6002

result: $30,000

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $30,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Reticello chandelier, model 5417

result: $30,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3781

result: $30,000

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $27,940

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase

result: $27,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase

result: $27,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Fish, model 4722v

result: $25,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Incamiciato vase

result: $25,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Fish, model 4722

result: $25,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Fenicio vase, model 5783

result: $25,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Decoro Fenicio vase, model 6446

result: $23,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine lamp base, model 11001

result: $23,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Corrosi vase

result: $22,800

### Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 5283

result: $22,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare Murrine Trasparenti bowl, model 3914

result: $22,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Incamiciato vase

result: $22,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Rare and Important vase

result: $21,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 3595

result: $21,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3526

result: $21,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase

result: $20,480

### Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase, model 3900

result: $20,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Decoro Fenicio vase, model 5947

result: $18,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3909

result: $18,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Fenicio vase, model 5924

result: $18,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Murrine plate

result: $18,750

### Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 5417

result: $18,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Rigadin Retorto, model #9034, pair

result: $18,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine floor lamp

result: $18,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1886

result: $17,500

### Carlo Scarpa

sconces model 425, pair

result: $17,500

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bollicine Sommerso vase, model 3539

result: $17,500

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $17,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Important Millefiori bowl

result: $16,510

### Carlo Scarpa

mirror

result: $15,600

### Carlo Scarpa

perfume bottles model 651A, pair

result: $15,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana chandelier, model 5417

result: $15,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase

result: $14,400

### Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase

result: $14,400

### Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 53223 A6

result: $13,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Pasta Vitrea vase, model 5938

result: $13,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase, model 4116

result: $13,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Tagliato Tondo vase

result: $13,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3943A

result: $12,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 3540

result: $12,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Pennellate bowl, model 3984

result: $12,500

### Carlo Scarpa

Reticello bowl

result: $12,500

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $12,065

### Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase

result: $12,065

### Carlo Scarpa

chandelier

result: $11,700

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase

result: $11,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Battuto bowl, model 2938

result: $11,250

### Carlo Scarpa

Iridato vase, model 3781

result: $11,250

### Carlo Scarpa

sconce

result: $10,625

### Carlo Scarpa

Cinesi vase, model 3578

result: $10,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Inciso vase

result: $10,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Fenici vase

result: $10,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Fenici vase

result: $10,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3536

result: $9,375

### Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase

result: $9,375

### Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3524

result: $9,375

### Carlo Scarpa

sconce

result: $9,375

### Carlo Scarpa

A Spirale vase, model 3507

result: $9,375

### Carlo Scarpa

dining chairs, set of four

result: $9,000

### Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1593A

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Battutto vase, model 3595

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Monumental Transparenti vase, model 5892

result: $8,750

### Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 11011

result: $8,288

### Carlo Scarpa

Reticello bowl

result: $8,125

### Carlo Scarpa

Conchiglie Variegato bowls model 1361, pair

result: $8,125