Ettore Sottsass, Jr. - Important Design London Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Rome

  • Literature

    'Proposte', Domus, no. 488, July 1970, n.p.
    Barbara Radice, Ettore Sottsass: A Critical Biography, London, 1993, p. 135
    Hans Höger, Ettore Sottsass Jun. Designer, Artist, Architect, Tübingen, 1993, p. 91
    Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari, Light: Lamp 1968-1973: The New Italian Design, Turin, 2002, figs. 147-48
    Beppe Finessi, 'Design Italia 1928-2016: 100 Record', Domus, no. 1000, March 2016, p. 151

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model 'Ultrafragola' mirror was designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr. as part of a series, 'I Mobili Grigi', first exhibited in 1970 at the Eurodomus, Milan. The present lot was made from a carved wood frame and belongs to the first series of mirrors realised by Poltronova before 1971. Examples of the 'Ultrafragola' mirror executed after this date instead feature a metal structure, which was introduced to create a more sinuously curved form.


Early 'Ultrafragola' mirror, from the series 'Mobili Grigi'

designed 1969, produced circa 1970
Acrylic, neon, mirrored glass, painted plywood.
191.5 x 101.5 x 13.5 cm (75 3/8 x 39 7/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Manufactured by Poltronova, Agliana, Italy.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £8,750

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Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018