Alberto Rosselli - Design / Design Art New York Thursday, December 14, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Modern Chairs 1918-1970, exh. cat., Whitechapel Gallery, 1970, London, p. 120; Andrea Branzi, Il Design Italiano 1964-1990, Un Museo Del Design Italiano, Milan, 1996, p. 75; Lesely Jackson, The Sixties, London, 1998, p. 195; Italian Architectural Digest, "Italian Style 1945-2005" issue, November 2005, p. 537 for a period photograph of the chair; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. VI 1965-1969, Cologne, 2006, pp. 540-541

  • Catalogue Essay

    An almost purely sculptural form which brilliantly translates its name, Alberto Rosselli's "Moby Dick" lounge chair, like its namesake, has similarly eluded many collectors who have sought to own it. One of the rarest chair examples from its time period, the "Moby Dick," like the "Dondola," is a complete expression of design as art.


Important "Moby Dick" lounge chair

ca. 1969
Coated GRP (glass reinforced polyester).
31 7/8 x 58 1/4 x 25 3/8 in. (81 x 148 x 64.5 cm)
Manufactured by Saporiti, Italy.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $69,600

Design / Design Art

14 Dec 2006, 2pm
New York