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    Sale 12212


    8 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    GIOVANNI GARIBOLDI (1908-1971)

    A MIRROR, CIRCA 1946

    Price Realised  


    GIOVANNI GARIBOLDI (1908-1971)
    A MIRROR, CIRCA 1946
    parcel-gilt, carved and painted wood, mirrored glass
    30 ¾ in. (78 cm.) square

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    R. Aloi, L' Arredamento Moderno, Milan, 1949, pp. 168, 170, 575 for illustrations of similar models.

    Post Lot Text

    Giovanni Gariboldi became the main designer of ceramics at Richard Ginori, after Gio Ponti's gradual departure commencing in 1931. Initially trained as an architect, he also sometimes turned to designing furniture that was in sync with the prevailing Milanese ambient and proved very successful.
    In fact he was a frequent collaborator of another great Milan architect and designer, Paolo Buffa, whose furniture he was commissioned to embellish with elegant flourishes in intarsia, metal engravings, handles, and sabots. Gariboldi's experience in fine-tuning  those brilliant minutae resurfaced much later into some large scale furniture series. His designs stand out in virtue of their pictorial approach. They do not draw attention to the tectonics of function but offer instead an anthology of poetic associations and seductive contrasts as demonstrated in this pair of bar cabinets. While hefty in scale, they draw a certain lightness from their constituent materials such as expanses of parchment and pale fruit woods as well as from their motifs and patterns which are thoughtfully evolved from late 18th century Lombardian cabinetry.