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May 22nd, 2009

Daniel Pontius


If I were a collector and had an extra $100,000 I would go for these at Sotheby’s June 12th sale in New York. The exhibition opens on June 6th so check it out if you are able, if not all items can be seen in their E-catalogue. Important 20th Century Design Sale N08564.



LOT 45

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LUCIA MOREIRA SALLES

PIERO FORNASETTI

1913 – 1988

“MADREPORE” TABLE

lithographic transfer print on lacquered wood and painted metal

29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) high

ESTIMATE

10,000 – 15,000 USD


PROVENANCE

Galerie du Passage, Paris

LITERATURE

Patrick Mauriès, Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams, London, 1991, p. 264 (for a table designed by

Gio Ponti and decorated by Fornasetti with a similar decorative scheme)


LOT 5

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK CITY COLLECTION

GAETANO PESCE

b.1939

A RARE “GOLGOTHA” CHAIR

fiberglass cloth and polyester resin

39 1/8 in. (99.3 cm) high

ESTIMATE

40,000 – 60,000 USD

CATALOGUE NOTE

Bracciodiferro, a small subsidiary of Cassina, produced six black variants of the “Golgotha” chair

in 1972-1973. The larger production of the model was executed in white. Both versions were

made using a single piece of resin-covered fiberglass fabric, which was contoured to make a

unique continuous chair form

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