Italian Design

Pre auction report

We are starting the auction year 2021 with Italian design. Many of the designs we are offering on 2 March date back to the 1960s. In Italy this period was particularly characterised by completely different stylistic directions that existed side by side and inspired each other. The rocking chair 'Sgarsul' (1962) by Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) will be offered at an estimated €1,800 to 2,200. As an antithesis to the rationalists, the architect belonged to the ‚Neo-Liberty’ movement. In her buildings and furniture designs, she often referred to Art Nouveau forms without neglecting contemporary elements. In 'Sgarsul', which means 'street boy' in Neapolitan dialect, Gae Aulenti was inspired by the rocking chair No. 1 produced by Thonet in 1862; she reduced the ornamental forms and thus arrived at a modern interpretation of this classic of design history.

The two modular tables by Pietro Sala produced at Ostuni & Forti, date from around 1960 and can be assembled in various ways thanks to an ingenious plug-in system (estimate €6,000 - 7,000). The two 'Margherita' wicker armchairs by Franco Albini (designed in 1951, estimate €2,200 - 2,600) are also classics of the Italian offer, as is the pair of 'Sfera' pendant lamps by Afra and Tobia Scarpa with mouth-blown glass bodies from 1964 (estimate €900 - 1,200).

Exciting objects by Piero Fornasetti are also well represented in the Italian design auction; this time particularly noteworthy is the extremely decorative sofa table 'influssi astrali' from the 1960s (estimate €1,800 - 2,200) with a zodiac table top decoration, the round dining table 'Sole Raggiante' with a sun motif (design 1950/60s - estimate €3,300 - 4,000) as well as a set of elegant silk pocket squares with different motifs (estimate €500 - 700). Desirable are the ceramic objects by Ettore Sottsass; four of these special objects will be called for this time at prices between €450 - 750. Another enrichment for every interior is Sottsass' mirror-light object 'Ultrafragola'; the neon-pink eye-catcher from 1970 is offered at an estimated price of €4,500 - 6,000. The Italian offer is supplemented by the rare cabinet 'Nairobi' by Sottsass (design around 1989 - estimate €4,000 - 6,000) and the stylish, three-leaf floor lamp made of brass sheet by Tommaso Barbi from the 1970s (estimate €2,000 - 3,000).