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    Sale 2157

    European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets

    16 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 139

    A PAIR OF MARBLE-VENEERED AND EBONIZED WOOD BOOKCASES

    DESIGNED BY RENZO MONGIARDINO, CIRCA 1987

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    A PAIR OF MARBLE-VENEERED AND EBONIZED WOOD BOOKCASES
    DESIGNED BY RENZO MONGIARDINO, CIRCA 1987
    Each veneered in panels of rouge griotte, porphyry, verde antico, and other marbles and with arched cornice above two pairs of stepped pilasters flanking adjustable shelves, the lower case with a downward hinged cabinet door opening to a single shelf, on a molded plinth
    110½ in. (281 cm.) high, 54¼ in. (138 cm.) wide, 19 in. (48.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    These striking bookcases were part of the custom furnishings designed by Renzo Mongiardino for the library of New York financier and philanthropist Peter Jay Sharp's apartment at 778 Park Avenue. Mongiardino created custom furnishings of the highest quality to seamlessly blend with his clients' often legendary collections.
    The late Renzo Mongiardino was one of the most dramatic and theatrical designers of the 20th century, often drawing his inspiration from the Antique, Renaissance and Baroque. He originally started out his career as a theatrical designer, and utlized his trompe l'oeil techniques from the stage to mimic marbles, tooled leather, and marquetry. They formed a grand backdrop for the magnificent interiors he created for clients including Gianni Agnelli, Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza, Baron Guy de Rothschild and Gianni Versace.

    Provenance

    The Estate of Peter Jay Sharp, Sotheby's, New York, 13 January 1994, lot 40.