Gaetano Pesce - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Mourmans, Netherlands

  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi, The Hot House–Italian New Wave Design, Cambridge, 1984, p. 149; Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 489; Albrecht Bangert, Italian Furniture Design: Ideas Styles Movements, Munich, 1988, p. 141 for a similar example; France Vanlaethem, Gaetano Pesce: Architecture, Design, Art, New York, 1989, p. 104; Gaetano Pesce: Multi-Disciplinary Work, exh. cat., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1991, p. 47; Gaetano Pesce, Le Temps des Questions, Paris, 1996, p. 68 for a similar example; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. IX 1980-1984, Cologne, 2006, p. 139

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gaetano Pesce’s "Sansone I" table utilizes the biblical story of Samson and Delilah to create a parable for the state of the world at the end of the 20th century. The legs of the table are at odd angles, recalling the Philistine temple columns Samson toppled in his last fit of vengeance. This idea is further articulated and expanded to the present day as a call for people to escape the confines of imperialism of any kind, especially the established conventions which govern design.

    The "Sansone I" table is also part of the ‘diversified series’ which pushes the ideas behind the design into motion, giving the fabricator an opportunity to determine the final outcome of the piece, rather than rigidly executing the design, conforming to traditional manufacturing.


Early and rare “Sansone I” table

Molded polyester resin. Manufactured by Bracciodiferro, Italy.
30 1/8 x 76 5/8 x 47 1/4 in. (76.5 x 194.6 x 120 cm)

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $38,400

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York