Carlo Scarpa Rare Inciso vase
by Jim Oliveira
Ever willing to experiment and develop new techniques, Carlo Scarpa’s Incisi (incised) series for Venini was among his most innovative. Working with Venini’s master grinders and engravers, Scarpa designed unique artifacts with abstract, geometric motifs.
In this piece we see a deeply cut, abstract wave design enhanced by a Velato finish. Executed in sea-green glass, it conveys the feeling of wave-action and the Venetian lagoon but in a playful, modernist style reminiscent of the Catalan painter Joan Miró or the collages of Henri Matisse.
The imaginative design and beautiful execution of this piece make it a fine example of Scarpa’s best work for Venini. This vase is also extremely rare and the first of its kind to be presented at auction.