Rare cabinet, designed for the ‘Sala dei gabinetti di prova’ at the IV Monza Triennale

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  • Literature

    'Studi, progetti, modelli e oggetti del razionalismo italiano', Rassegna, no. 4, October 1980, p. 24
    Ornella Selvafolta and Giacomo Polin, Mobili come aforismi: Trentacinque mobili di razionalismo italiano, Milan, 1988, front cover, pp. 13, 70
    Chiara Baglione and Elisabetta Susani, Pietro Lingeri: 1894-1968, Milan, 2004, pp. 113, 179

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the IV Monza Triennale, 1930.

    The IV Triennale, which took place at the Villa Reale in Monza between May and October 1930, introduced architecture as one of its central themes. The exhibition initiated Rationalism into modern architectural discourse. On the second floor of the villa, five architects from the Gruppo di Como: Giuseppe Terragni, Mario Cereghini, Gabriele Giussani, Gianni Mantero and Pietro Lingeri, presented designs for a Sartoria Moderna (Modern Tailor’s Shop). The architects worked with forty small workshops, including cabinetmakers, metal workers and tailors from the Brianza and Como areas to realise their designs. The Sartoria Moderna comprised six rooms, for which Lingeri designed the Sala dei gabinetti di prova (Fitting Rooms Area) no. 91. Lingeri conceived a series of three fitting rooms and a waiting area furnished with a sofa, small burr walnut cabinets in addition to the present model cabinet, manufactured by Enrico Orsenigo e fratello. The only surviving piece of furniture originating from Lingeri’s designs for the Sartoria, the present model cabinet, asymmetrical in form and multi-functional, incorporates a closet, display case and magazine rack. The proportions of the cabinet follow strict dimensional relationships, and its storage spaces create a juxtaposition of volumes and voids. The contrast of traditional and modern materials celebrates Italian cabinetmaking tradition whilst also embracing a new modern visual language.

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Rare cabinet, designed for the ‘Sala dei gabinetti di prova’ at the IV Monza Triennale

circa 1930
Burr walnut veneered-wood, glass, brass, brass-plated steel.
157.8 x 72.4 x 35 cm (62 1/8 x 28 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Enrico Orsenigo e fratello, Figino Serenza, Italy.

Estimate
£7,000 - 9,000 

sold for £18,750

Contact Specialist
Antonia King
Interim Head of Sale
+44 20 7901 7944
antonia.king@phillips.com

Design

London Auction 17 October 2019