Large 'Corteccia' Suspension Light

by Venini
Probably designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini

This handblown chandelier employs the 'Corteccia' technique, to create a swirling decorative surface. The word 'Corteccia' derives from the Latin 'Corticia', meaning 'bark', and is used to define the shape, grain and pattern formed by the vertical lines and grooves on the bark of a tree. The iridescent sheen is typical of Venini glassware of this period.

With patinated brass chain and ceiling rose

Italy, circa 1936

While working on various lighting projects for Venini in 1934, Scarpa was also engaged in innovative glassware experiments in form and material, some of whose results were seen at the 19th Venice Bienale and in a range of lamps at the 6th Triennale in Milan 1936 (image attached). In this exhibition most of the models, including a similar shape to the above, stem from the application of a modular construction principle, with a metal skeleton or framework upon which are fixed sections of undulating and ribbed glass. The combined impact brought remarkable light effects and a charismatic, decorative presence, along with a diffused and discreet gleam.

Marino Barovier, Carlo Scarpo Venini 1932 - 1947, pp. 60
H 126cm x Dia. 40cm
H 49.63" x Dia. 15¾"
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