Rare and Important Murrine bowl, model 4013Venini
internally decorated glass murrines with wheel-carved surface
10¼ dia x 2½ h in (26 x 6 cm)
provenance: Fifty/50, New York
literature: Carlo Scarpa Venini 1932-1947, Barovier, pg. 398 illustrates similar example
This Carlo Scarpa murrine bowl was exhibited in 1984 at Fifty/50 gallery’s seminal show Venini and the Murano Renaissance: Italian Art Glass of the 1940s and 50s.
Curated by Ralph Cutler, Mark Isaacson and Mark McDonald, this exhibition was the first of its kind in the United States and signaled the true beginning of the secondary market for 20th century Murano glass worldwide.
Although this piece does not appear in the Fifty/50 catalog, it was exhibited as part of the show, and Haim and Audrey acquired it from the gallery (along with a Bianconi Pezzato vase, also present in this sale) shortly thereafter.