Model 3461 Vase, ca. 1934
Hand-molded glass set with fire-joined turquoise canes (mezza filigrana), gold leaf inclusions. Museum purchase from the Members' Acquisitions Fund of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 2013-11-1
What is this?
Curvilinear body composed of fine turquoise canes in clear glass, with applied loop ring foot in clear glass inset with gold leaf.
Why is this in our collection?
This vase by architect and glassmaker Carlo Scarpa for Venini glassworks is a superb example of craftsmanship and design innovation in Venetian glass, a region of historical importance to glass production. The vase also represents a collaboration between two of the greatest glass designers of the 20th century, Scarpa and Paolo Venini. Until recently, outside the glass collecting community, Scarpa was most commonly known as an architect. His experience in the glassmaking industry had a great effect on his architecture, which focused on materials, technique and, above all, craftsmanship. Scarpa’s first experience at a glassworks was in 1926, when he began designing for Cappellin, a major Murano glass... more