CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)
Property from the Collection of Dakis Joannou
CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)


CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)
A Unique Oak and Glass Table for the Casa Orengo, 1949
28¾ in. (73 cm.) high, 61 7/8 in. (157.2 cm.) wide, 33 7/8 in. (86 cm.) deep
the glass with etched mark Zec
Vladi Orengo, Turin.
Franco Semenzato, Venice, 21 April 1985, lot 69 (the Casa Orengo here wrongly identified as having been conceived for Luciano Vergano).
Private collection, London.
With Gordon Watson Ltd., London.
'Forme di Mobili Carlo Mollino arch.', Domus, no. 238, 1949, p. 11 for an illustration of this table.

F. Ferrari, Carlo Mollino Cronaca, Turin, 1985, p. 105 for an illustration of this table in the Casa Orengo, Turin.

F. and N. Ferrari, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino, London, 2005 pp. 142-143 for an illustration of the maple table exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum; unknown page number for an illustration of the present oak table in an overview of all works designed by Mollino.

Lot Essay

Giovanni Brino, Carlo Mollino Architecture as Autobiography, London, 1987, pp. 110-112 for an interior view of the offices of the Società Reale Mutua Assicurazioni.

Carlo Mollino created four glass-topped tables between 1948 and 1950, all of which were executed by the Turin workshop of Apelli & Varesio. The trestle structure of these tables was first developed for a desk conceived in June 1948 for the Turin offices of the Società Reale Mutua Assicurazioni.
Two of the tables were of more extended proportions. One is today in a private New York collection. Another was made for the Casa Rivetti and its present location is unknown. The third table, of similar proportions to the present example, but in maple, was included in the 1950 Brooklyn Museum exhibition Italy at Work. Subsequently gifted to the museum by the Italian government, the whereabouts of this table are presently unknown, and it is no longer recorded in the museum collection.
The table offered for sale here was conceived by Mollino in September 1948 (drawing illustrated) for an exhibition at the Galleria Vigna Nuova in Florence the following year, however it was not included. A contemporary photograph (illustrated) shows the table in the workshop of Apelli & Varesio, the firm of furniture makers who were entrusted with its execution.
Mollino designed the interiors of the Casa Orengo between October 1949 and February 1950, and the present table was eventually incorporated within that scheme.

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