Auction 155A

Italian Design

02. March 2021 at 3:00 PM MESZ CEST


1970s and 80s design very much in demand

Quittenbaum is very happy about having concluded a row of very lively auctions with numerous bidding battles and a sales quota of almost 65%. The design of the 1970s and 80s was particularly in demand. Right at the start of the auction, an exciting bidding war broke out over the cover lot. The drinks cabinet attributed to Osvaldo Borsani rose from € 2,500 to € 6,000 and went to an English aficionado in the end.

Ettore Sottsass was again among the favourites. Two early ceramics remained within the scope of their estimates, the lidded vessel from 1955 was sold for € 5,500, the candy bowl for € 2,100. Sottsass’ illuminated standing mirror 'Ultrafragola' changed hands at € 4,900, his 'Nairobi' cabinet at € 3,700. One of the biggest price increases was achieved by the post-modern design: the table light by Andrea Bellosi from 1980 climbed from € 1,500 to € 4,700. Overall, the design from 1970 onward was in great demand, for example Enzo Mari's modular shelf 'Bric' from 1970 with a price increase from € 1,400 to € 3,800, and a pair of 'I feltri' armchairs by Gaetano Pesce that changed hands for € 4,500. A three-light brass floor lamp by Tommaso Barbi rose from € 1,500 to € 3,500.