In 1942, toward the end of his years designing for Venini, Carlo Scarpa designed his "Shell" series, exhibited at the 1942 Venice Biennale. As the name implies, the small group of objects drew their inspiration from sea shells. Like this one, the finish on them was often highly bloomed to give them a satiny to the touch and iridized finish. Included in the pictures is one taken from the book ("Carlo Scarpa Glass of an Architect" by Marino Barovier) which shows examples and describes the series.
This piece is great to walk around to appreciate the interplay of colours and also great to hold and appreciate it's unique texture. It's interesting to note that Scarpa stopped designing glass series after 1942 to work on large scale projects and eventually return to his stellar architectural career. Also, during the war years, the Venini company suspended it's art glass production to produce light bulbs.
This special piece is in excellent condition.
24cm L., 14cm W., 6cm H.
Carlo Scarpa for Venini "Shell" 1942