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    Sale 12212

    Design

    8 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 48

    GIOVANNI GARIBOLDI (1908-1971)

    A PAIR OF ILLUMINATING BAR CABINETS, CIRCA 1948

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    GIOVANNI GARIBOLDI (1908-1971)
    A PAIR OF ILLUMINATING BAR CABINETS, CIRCA 1948
    possibly produced by Quartri, central compartment opening to reveal sycamore and mirrored glass interior with one glass shelf and two sycamore drawers,
    each side compartment opening to reveal one sycamore shelf;
    pearwood, parchment with fruitwood inlay, carved gilt-wood, glass, lighting system
    each 46 in. (117 cm.) high, 65 ¾ in. (167 cm.) wide, 17 5/8 in. (45 cm.) deep


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    We would like to thank Brian Kish for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

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    Literature

    G. Cavagna Di Gualdana, Gariboldi, Mantua, 2010, pp. 51 and 62 for illustrations of similar models.


    Post Lot Text

    The function of this pair of bars is manifest, not so much in their forms, as in the hidden symbolism set in exotic wood intarsia on the front door panels. For these designs Gariboldi specifically relied on engravings by the Dutch artist M.S. Merian that were published in 1730 in the book 'The Insects Of Europe", a compendium illustrating the metamorphosis of insects and their food sources. Here Gariboldi alludes to the transformations of the grapes into what would be an array of wine, prosecco, and grappa lining the shelves of the illuminated bar just behind these doors. In turn images of nocturnal insects like moths are pointedly cued to the role of bars cabinets as objects dedicated to evening activities. One could conjecture that pairs of candelabras were placed of top of these credenzas possibly attracting all creatures of the night; insects and humans alike.