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    Sale 7620

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    28 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 71

    CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)


    Price Realised  

    CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)
    executed by Apelli & Varesio, laminated and solid ash, brass fittings and spacers, with Resinflex upholstery
    35 5/8 in. (34 cm.) high; 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide; 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep
    inside rear of seat frames respectively incised I, II, III, and IV (4)

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    This unique set of four dining chairs, which feature off-white Resinflex upholstery, was commissioned by the vendor's father. Acting upon the advice of his friend - then a professor of Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino, a colleague and friend of Mollino, and subsequently the vendor's godmother - Mollino was approached and the set of four chairs executed by Apelli & Varesio.

    Examples of this design were primarily utilised in the Casa Editores Lattes, Turin, one of Mollino's most expansive professional commissions of the early 1950s. In keeping with the palette of the Lattes interior, those examples featured red Resinflex upholstery, and as a result of protracted use were subsequently fitted with brass strengthening rails to the legs.

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    Fulvio & Napoleone Ferrari, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino, London, 2006, p. 173, pl. 136-137 (Lattes design, construction blueprints illustrated)
    Fulvio & Napoleone Ferrari, Carlo Mollino: Arabesques, Turin, 2006, p. 93, pl. 132 (design with red Resinflex upholstery illustrated in-situ, Casa Editores Lattes, Turin)
    Rossella Colombari, Carlo Mollino: Furniture catalogue, Milan, 2005, p. 80, pl. 113 (Lattes design illustrated)
    Giovanni Brino, Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography, London, 1987, p. 134 (Lattes design illustrated)