DECORATIVE ARTS OF THE 20th CENTURY AND DESIGN

The upcoming auction of Decorative Arts and Design of the 1900s  will be held on July 23 in the ViaPitteriDieci branch, followed by a session dedicated to Modern Antiques on July 24.

The sale starts with the unmistakable furnishings designed in the 1930s by Gigiotti Zanini for his Venetian home. Gigiotti Zanini, a painter follower of the Novecento group of Margherita Sarfatti, soon began to take interest in  architecture and interiors in Milan, alongside Gio Ponti, Tomaso Buzzi and Giovanni Muzio, who had defined his furnishings as "a refined and wise conciliation between the old and the new ". Of particular interest is a wooden daybed with sinuous lines and two twin cabinets with doors and a drawer, whose architectural moldings, barely evident, summarize the author's poetics.

Carlo Mollino is present with a pair of beds from the Casa del Sole, the last of  the furnishings of one of the original apartments, designed by the great Turinese architect around 1955.

In the mid-1930s, Piero Portaluppi designed an ingenious hall hanger for the Barich home, devising a system of closing shelves which perfectly integrate into the geometric design of the furniture. The specimen at auction, certified by the Piero Portaluppi Foundation, is similar to that still present in the sumptuous wardrobe of the Corbellini-Wassermann home, in Viale Lombardia in Milan, recently restored and now quarters of  a famous international art gallery.

Attributed to Guglielmo Ulrich with his pupil Giuseppe Gibelli, is the imposing gentleman's wardrobe in precious woods and briar, one of the few built in the early 1930s, quite similar to the specimen exhibited at Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2007, within the exhibition Camera con vista. Arte e interni in Italia 1900-2000.

Tomaso Buzzi was the author of thousands of drawings resulting from an incessant activity full of cultured citations, urban details, imaginative settings, erotic and autobiographical accents. Il Ponte presents nine unmissable drawings dating back to the early 1950s. 

Carlo Scarpa's undiusputed genious was able to try his hand at Murano glass, domestic architecture, museum layout, monumental architecture, creating unmistakable furnishings, but the  true instrument of expression and the timeless pursuit of the master  remained drawing.  A spherical acid-corroded glass vase, made in the Venini kilns in 1936, and a two-handled one with silver leaf application from the Lattimi aurati series of 1920-30 for MVM Cappellin, are remarkable for their rarity and size. A series of furnishings made by Dino Gavina complete the focus dedicated to Scarpa.

Offered at auction by Bruno Munari is the diaphragm display cabinet, a unique example by Ideal Form Team in 1983.

Gio Ponti is represented by a small group of drawings, some furnishings and ceramics, while other sections of the auction are dedicated to Angelo Mangiarotti, Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella, Mario Bellini and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, which include furnishings - including some unique pieces - designed for Poggi, Cassina, Gavina - Simon Ultramobile, Azucena.

A model 2132 suspension lamp by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte stands out in the lighting section; in the furnishings section, Pietro Chiesa designed the refined coffee table with mirrored glass top and ebonized wood structure.

Lastly, in the section dedicated to the decorative arts, the model 191 ceramic vase by Ettore Sottsass for Sestante (1959), a rare vase by René Lalique (1925 ca) and a large hand painted majolica vase by Basilio Cascella in 1923, decorated with charming female figures that synthesize the vernacular styles of Abruzzo and pre-Raphaelite international taste.

The selection of items included in the day dedicated to  Modern Antiques ranges from furnishings to Italian decorative arts, with particular attention to the seventies.

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