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    Sale 2119

    Contemporary Design

    8 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    ELIZABETH GAROUSTE (b. 1949) AND MATTIA BONETTI (b. 1953)

    'CHAISE BARBARE' A PATINATED BRONZE AND COW HIDE CHAIR, 1981

    Price Realised  

    ELIZABETH GAROUSTE (b. 1949) AND MATTIA BONETTI (b. 1953)
    'Chaise Barbare' A Patinated Bronze and Cow Hide Chair, 1981
    for Galerie Neotu, Paris/New York, limited edition
    46¼ in. (108 cm.) high
    stamped BG and with manufacturer's mark


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    cf. C. Downey, Neo-Furniture, New York, 1992, p. 24.
    V. Albus and V. Fischer, 13 Nach Memphis: Design Zwichen Askese und Sinnlichkeit, Munich, 1995, p. 38.
    A. Buck and M. Vogt, eds., Garouste and Bonetti, Frankfurt, 1996, p. 105.
    Y. Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Français 1960-1998, Paris, 1998, pp. 226-227.
    Museu do Design, Luxo, Pop, Cool, exh. cat., Lisbon, 1999, p. 212.
    C. and P. Fiell, eds., 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 2000, p. 597.
    E. Vedrenne, Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti: 1981-2001, Brussels, 2001, pp. 4 and 106.

    In 1981, with no prior experience in furniture design, Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti presented their first line of furniture, which included their 'Chaise Barbare.' Debuted at the renowned Parisian furniture and interior design firm Maison Jansen, the collection was greeted with great critical acclaim and Garouste, who was trained in theater and costume design, and Bonetti, previously a photographer, painter and sculptor, went on to work together for the following twenty years.

    Garouste and Bonetti are known for their captivating and timeless neo-barbaric and neo-Baroque designs. They drew on primitive forms, ancient symbolism and mysticism to create entirely original objects which were either private commissions or, as in the case of the 'Chaise Barbare' produced in a small limited edition series.