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  • Provenance

    Galerie Downtown, Paris
    Acquired from the above
    Christie's, New York, "20/21 Design," December 9, 2014, lot 589
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Fulvio Ferrari, Carlo Mollino Cronaca, Turin, 1985, p. 140
    Giovanni Brino, Carlo Mollino: Architettura come autobiografia, Milan, 1985, pp. 144-45
    Rossella Colombari, Carlo Mollino Catalogo dei Mobili - Furniture Catalogue, Milan, 2005, p. 90
    Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino, New York, 2006, pp. 153-55, 231
    Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, eds., Carlo Mollino Arabesques, exh. cat., Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Milan, 2007, pp. 95-97

  • Artist Biography

    Carlo Mollino

    Italian • 1905 - 1973

    Carlo Mollino made sexy furniture. His style may have grown out of the whiplash curves of Art Nouveau, but the sinuous lines of his furniture were more humanoid than vegetal, evoking arched backs and other body parts. Mollino was also an avid aviator, skier and racecar driver — he designed his own car for Le Mans. His love of speed and danger comes across in his designs, which MoMA curator Paola Antonelli has described as having "frisson."

    Mollino had no interest in industrial design and the attendant constraints of material costs and packaging. His independent wealth allowed him to pick and choose projects, resulting in an oeuvre of unique, often site-specific works that were mostly executed by the Turin joinery firm Apelli & Varesio. Apart from a coffee table that he designed in 1950 for the American company Singer & Sons, his furniture never went into production. Notwithstanding the support of Gio Ponti, Mollino's design contemporaries largely dismissed him as an eccentric outsider. However, the combination of scarcity (Mollino only made several hundred works in his lifetime), exquisite craftsmanship and idiosyncratic "frisson" has rightly placed Carlo Mollino in the highest tier of twentieth-century design collecting.

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Property from a Private American Collection

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Set of six armchairs and two stools, from the Lutrario Ballroom, Turin

circa 1959
Painted steel, brass, Honduran mahogany-veneered bent plywood, fabric upholstery.
Each armchair: 29 3/4 x 24 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (75.5 x 62.5 x 54 cm)
Each stool: 17 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (45 x 42 x 26.5 cm)

Manufactured by Doro, Cuneo, Italy. Underside of each armchair and one stool with label printed SC - INTERNATIONAL/poltrone & arredi/MARINA DI MONTEMARCIANO.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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Design

New York Auction 6 June 2019