Duilio (Dubé) Barnabé - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Rome

  • Literature

    Franco Deboni, Fontana Arte: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand, Turin, 2012, fig. 458 for a similar example of the tabletop

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1950 the Italian painter Duilio (Dubé) Barnabé began working with Fontana Arte, collaborating on a series of works for which the artist employed the technique of verre églomisé. Primarily comprising large bowls, plaques and tabletops of varied forms, Barnabé’s work for Fontana Arte often featured still life or figurative forms with indeterminate, monochromatic backgrounds, recalling the work of Giorgio Morandi, whom Barnabé had studied under at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, and the influence of Cubism, which he had discovered during a trip to Paris in 1947.


Unique dining table

Reverse painted glass, African mahogany, glass.
76.2 x 213 x 107.7 cm (30 x 83 7/8 x 42 3/8 in.)
Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Milan, Italy. Tabletop signed DUBÉ*FONTANA ARTE*.

£25,000 - 35,000 Ω

Sold for £63,000

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design




London Auction 30 June 2021