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