Gaetano Pesce - Design London Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Bracciodiferro, Genoa
    Private collection, Veneto

  • Literature

    Anty Pansera, Bracciodiferro: Gaetano Pesce - Alessandro Mendini 1971-1975, exh. cat., Biblioteca Umanistica dell'Incoronata, Milan, 2013, illustrated p. 42

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present original model for the ‘Golgotha’ chair is an exceptional testimony of Gaetano Pesce’s craftsmanship and design vision. Executed by hand with a blowtorch, it is one of the first formal explorations by the artistic group Bracciodiferro which included designer Alessandro Mendini and engineer Aldo Cichero. It exemplifies their aim to promote unique and subversive approaches to furniture design.

    The ‘Golgotha’ chair on which this model is based was later produced with molded fiberglass resin by the Cassina Research and Development Centre from 1972. The chairs were made by hand, one at a time, and took the shape of the workers who sat on them during the production period. This process embodied Pesce’s view that regarding production, ‘you need to consider the possibility of creating objects in a such a way that each one has his own individuality.’


Original model for the ‘Golgotha’ chair

circa 1971
Plastic resin.
8.5 x 5.2 x 6.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 x 2 1/2 in.)

£1,400 - 2,000 ‡♠

Sold for £4,788

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design


London Auction 9 November 2021