POLAROID, (c.1963-65)
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POLAROID, (c.1963-65)

POLAROID, (c.1963-65)
model reclining in wicker chair, later glazed and framed
3 1/8in.(8cm.) x 4 7/8in.(10cm.) photograph size
10in.(25.3cm.) square, framed
acquired from the subject
Mollino Polaroid, Ferrari, Allemandi, Turin, 1999, related Polaroids illustrated
Carlo Mollino, Darmstadt Museum, February 1994
Carlo Mollino, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Paris, January 2000
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Post lot text
Throughout his life Mollino maintained two consistent pastimes, those of photography and eroticism. Eroticism, and in particular the female form, were insistent subjects that permeated many aspects of Mollino's work as an architect, designer and as a photographer. His earliest series of erotic female portraits, classified as 'Lina', were taken in the mid-late 1930s, both in the Casa Miller and in his studio, and were generally surrealistic in style. Throughout the 1940s and 50s Mollino continued to explore eroticism in photography, however it was subsequent to his encounter with Polaroid instant cameras in 1963 that he abandoned all other types of photographic equipment, preferring the instantaneous uniqueness of the Polaroid print.
The style of dress worn by the model in this Polaroid would suggest that the photograph was taken c.1963-65. The stylised sun above the sitter's chair was a prop used in a number of Polaroid portraits. The shoes worn by the subject appear to be the sandals made by Bruschi (p.40, Ferrari), which Mollino himself decorated by the addition of two large diamanté brooches

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