CARLO SCARPA (1906-1978)
THE COLLECTION OF FRANCESCO AND CHIARA CARRARO, VENICE
CARLO SCARPA (1906-1978)

A PENNELLATE VASE, MODEL N. 3840, CIRCA 1942

Details
CARLO SCARPA (1906-1978)
A PENNELLATE VASE, MODEL N. 3840, CIRCA 1942
executed by Venini, lightly iridescent hand-blown glass
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high
paper label traces to underside
Provenance
Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York;
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
M. Barovier, Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932-1947, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Le Stanze del Vetro, Milan, 2012, p. 428 for this example, p. 434 for a period photograph of the Venini vitrine featuring vases from the Pennellate series at the XXIII Venice Biennale, 1942 and p. 435 for another example with blue spirals and a drawing of the model.

M. Barovier, Carlo Scarpa. Glass of an Architect, exhibition catalogue, Brescia, Palazzo Martinengo, Milan, 1998, pp. 223 for another example and 285 for a period image of this model at the XXIII Venice Biennale, 1942.

Exhibited
Venice, Le Stanze del Vetro, Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932-1947, August 2012 - January 2013;
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company 1932-1947, November 2013 - March 2014.
Post lot text
Examples of this series, called a Pennellate, or brush-strokes, are exceedingly rare, as they were extremely difficult to execute. A clear glass vessel is decorated with small amounts of opaque glass when being blown. The spots of molton colored glass are applied as the glass is being spun around in the process of blowing until a painterly irregular effect of brush-strokes is visible. Three color combinations were chosen for this series -- amethyst and sulfur yellow (the present example), pale blue and amethyst, and lattimo white.
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