Sophisticated Forms

Creating an Aesthetic Vocabulary at Venini

Carlo Scarpa’s genius as a designer of Murano glass has been well documented. In recent years, comprehensive exhibitions of his work for Venini have taken place at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Scarpa’s ability to design reduced modernist vessels with forms inspired by the ancient Chinese brought Murano glass to a new level of artistic sophistication. His use of these sober, powerful forms, combined with new interpretations of age-old Murano techniques, created an aesthetic vocabulary for glass-as-art which still resonates with artists, art critics and collectors today.

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.

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Auction Results Carlo Scarpa

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Inciso Velato vase, model 3791 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Inciso Velato vase, model 3791
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $92,500

CARLO SCARPA, Rilievi vase, model 3659 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rilievi vase, model 3659
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $81,700

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Inciso vase, model 3941 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Inciso vase, model 3941
estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $77,500

CARLO SCARPA, Transparenti vase, model 5673 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase, model 5673
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $75,000

CARLO SCARPA, Pennellate vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Pennellate vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $74,500

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Pennellate vase, model 3788 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Pennellate vase, model 3788
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $70,000

CARLO SCARPA, Lattimo Oro vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Lattimo Oro vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $62,500

CARLO SCARPA, A Fili vase, model 4540 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fili vase, model 4540
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $58,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Fasce Verticale vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $52,500

CARLO SCARPA, Important A Murrine Opache plate | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Important A Murrine Opache plate
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $52,500

CARLO SCARPA, Important Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3527 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Important Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3527
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $50,000

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Pasta Vitrea vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Pasta Vitrea vase
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $50,000

CARLO SCARPA, A Fili vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fili vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $41,250

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine vase, model 11016 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 11016
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,960

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,640

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto floor lamp | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto floor lamp
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $39,600

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase, model 3908 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3908
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $35,000

CARLO SCARPA, Cinese/Iridato vase, model 3932 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Cinese/Iridato vase, model 3932
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $33,750

CARLO SCARPA, Rare A Fiori Murrine vase, model 5943 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare A Fiori Murrine vase, model 5943
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $32,500

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase, model 3781 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3781
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500

CARLO SCARPA, Important Millefiori bowl, model 6002 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Important Millefiori bowl, model 6002
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000

CARLO SCARPA, Reticello chandelier, model 5417 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Reticello chandelier, model 5417
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $30,000

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase, model 3781 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3781
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $27,940

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

CARLO SCARPA, Incamiciato vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Incamiciato vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $25,000

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Fenicio vase, model 5783 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Fenicio vase, model 5783
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000

CARLO SCARPA, Decoro Fenicio vase, model 6446 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Decoro Fenicio vase, model 6446
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine lamp base, model 11001 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine lamp base, model 11001
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $23,750

CARLO SCARPA, Corrosi vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Corrosi vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $22,800

CARLO SCARPA, chandelier, model 5283 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 5283
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $22,500

CARLO SCARPA, Incamiciato vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Incamiciato vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $22,500

CARLO SCARPA, Rare and Important vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare and Important vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250

CARLO SCARPA, Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3526 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase, model 3526
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $21,250

CARLO SCARPA, Transparenti vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $20,480

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase, model 3900 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase, model 3900
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $20,000

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase, model 3909 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3909
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $18,750

CARLO SCARPA, Fenicio vase, model 5924 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Fenicio vase, model 5924
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Murrine plate | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Murrine plate
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750

CARLO SCARPA, chandelier, model 5417 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 5417
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750

CARLO SCARPA, Rigadin Retorto, model #9034, pair | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rigadin Retorto, model #9034, pair
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,000

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine floor lamp | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine floor lamp
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,000

CARLO SCARPA, Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1886 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1886
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $17,500

CARLO SCARPA, sconces model 425, pair | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

sconces model 425, pair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $17,500

CARLO SCARPA, Important Millefiori bowl | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Important Millefiori bowl
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,510

CARLO SCARPA, mirror | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

mirror
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,600

CARLO SCARPA, perfume bottles model 651A, pair | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

perfume bottles model 651A, pair
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $15,000

CARLO SCARPA, Mezza Filigrana chandelier, model 5417 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana chandelier, model 5417
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000

CARLO SCARPA, Sommerso a Bollicine vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,400

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $14,400

CARLO SCARPA, chandelier, model 53223 A6 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

chandelier, model 53223 A6
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $13,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase, model 4116 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase, model 4116
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $13,750

CARLO SCARPA, Tagliato Tondo vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tagliato Tondo vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $13,750

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase, model 3943A | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase, model 3943A
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine vase, model 3540 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 3540
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $12,065

CARLO SCARPA, A Bugne vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Bugne vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,065

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto vase
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $11,250

CARLO SCARPA, Battuto bowl, model 2938 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battuto bowl, model 2938
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,250

CARLO SCARPA, Iridato vase, model 3781 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Iridato vase, model 3781
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250

CARLO SCARPA, sconce | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

sconce
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,625

CARLO SCARPA, Cinesi vase, model 3578 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Cinesi vase, model 3578
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $10,000

CARLO SCARPA, Inciso vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Inciso vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,000

CARLO SCARPA, Fenici vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Fenici vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000

CARLO SCARPA, Fenici vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Fenici vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000

CARLO SCARPA, Transparenti vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Transparenti vase
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,375

CARLO SCARPA, sconce | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

sconce
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,375

CARLO SCARPA, A Spirale vase, model 3507 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Spirale vase, model 3507
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375

CARLO SCARPA, dining chairs, set of four | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

dining chairs, set of four
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,000

CARLO SCARPA, Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1593A | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 1593A
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Fasce Verticale vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Fasce Verticale vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

CARLO SCARPA, A Fasce Verticale vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

A Fasce Verticale vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

CARLO SCARPA, Battutto vase, model 3595 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Battutto vase, model 3595
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine vase, model 11011 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 11011
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,288

CARLO SCARPA, Reticello bowl | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Reticello bowl
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,125

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine vase, model 3540 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 3540
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $8,125

CARLO SCARPA, Conchiglie Variegato | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Conchiglie Variegato
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $8,050

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,800

CARLO SCARPA, sconces, pair | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

sconces, pair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,500

CARLO SCARPA, Reticello chandelier | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Reticello chandelier
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $6,875

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine bowl, model 4118 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine bowl, model 4118
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,875

CARLO SCARPA, Mezza Filigrana vase, model 3516 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 3516
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,875

CARLO SCARPA, large Corroso bowl, model 4102 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

large Corroso bowl, model 4102
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,875

CARLO SCARPA, Sommerso a Bollicine bowl, model 3522 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine bowl, model 3522
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,875

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase, model 3917 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase, model 3917
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, Mezza Filigrana vase, model 3578 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Mezza Filigrana vase, model 3578
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, Sommerso a Bollicine bowl, model 3522 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Sommerso a Bollicine bowl, model 3522
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, Corroso vase, model 1405 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Corroso vase, model 1405
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, sconces model 482, pair | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

sconces model 482, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $6,250

CARLO SCARPA, Rare Bollicine vase, model 11009 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Rare Bollicine vase, model 11009
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,938

CARLO SCARPA, pitcher | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

pitcher
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,700

CARLO SCARPA, Pasta Vitrea vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Pasta Vitrea vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625

CARLO SCARPA, Tessuto vase | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Tessuto vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625

CARLO SCARPA, Bollicine vase, model 1886 | Wright20.com

Carlo Scarpa

Bollicine vase, model 1886
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625