An Extraordinary Discovery
Carlo Scarpa for MVM Cappellin
We discovered this extraordinary MVM Cappellin vase in 2014 while researching and cataloging the collection of Dimitri Levas. At the time, nothing like it — a large scale MVM Cappellin vase composed entirely of murrines and large, spiraling cane sections—had ever appeared on the market. An MVM Cappellin Murano acid stamp was found upon close examination, but there appeared to be no reference to this model and as a result this mysterious work was not included in the Levas auction which went on to become the most successful auction of Murano glass in history.
Not long ago, Italian glass collector Howard Lockwood discovered a period advertisement for the MVM Cappellin shop in New York from 1930. A large vase featured prominently in the ad, and to much surprise, it was the present model.