Auction of the Week: Phillips Important Design Sale, March 21, 2019



2019-03-15 12:13:39

Our auction of the week is the Phillips Important Design Sale, which takes place in London on March 21. Featuring iconic pieces from some of the 20th century's most influential designers, here are 10 of our favourite lots on offer...

Yrjö Rosola table

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000

A unique table by the 20th century Finnish sculptor and glass artist Yrjö Rosola, produced in the 1940s using elm and an engraved glass tabletop.

Luciano Grassi, Sergio Conti and Marisa Forlani armchair

Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

A rare 'Monofilo' armchair created circa 1955 by the architect-trio of Luciano Grassi, Sergio Conti and Marisa Forlani.

The painted iron, nylon and rubber chair was originally manufactured by Emilio Paoli in Florence, Italy.

Ettore Sottsass, Jr. room divider

Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

A 'Carlton' room designer by Ettore Sottsass, Jr., the Italian architect and designer who founded the renowned Memphis Group in 1981.

Made from plastic and laminated wood, the piece was originally designed in 1981 and executed in 2011 in a limited edition of 30, to commemorate the group's 30th anniversary.

Shiro Kuramata chair

Estimate: £25,000 - 35,000

A 'Glass' chair by the influential Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, designed in 1976 and executed in 2008.

Made using sheets of glass held together with Photobond 100 adhesive, the iconic chair was produced by the Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd as #32 in a limited edition of 40.

Carlo Scarpa chandelier

Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000

A nine-armed brass and Zanfirico glass chandelier, model no. 5338, by the Italian designer and architect Carlo Scarpa, circa 1942.

The chandelier was manufactured by Venini & C. in Murano, where Scarpa served as artistic director from 1932 until 1947 and helped develop the traditional glass company into a pioneer of modernist design.

Gio Ponti bookcase & drinks cabinet

Estimate: £25,000 - 35,000

A rare bookcase with an integrated drinks cabinet, designed by the celebrated Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti.

Ponti was one of the most prolific talents in 20th century design, and built more than 100 buildings along with designing everything from cars and industrial machinery to furniture and coffee machines.

Made from East Indian rosewood-veneered wood, painted wood, mirrored glass and brass, the cabinet was made specifically for exhibition at the Prima Mostra dell'arredamento show in Como in 1945.

Renzo Zavanella sofa

Estimate: £18,000 - 24,000

A rare fabric and brass sofa, dated circa 1950, by the Italian architect and designer Renzo Zavanella.

Lucio Fontana and Osvaldo Borsani wardrobe

Estimate: £140,000 - 220,000

A wardrobe by architect Osvaldo Borsani and artist Lucio Fontana, created in Italy circa 1952-53.

Osvaldo Borsani was a celebrated modernist designer who established the famous Tecno design studio in 1953; and Lucio Fontana was a painter and sculptor best-known as the founder of the Spatialism movement.

Borsani's walnut and brass frame is completed by glass panel doors painted by Fontana, a method of production they used to create a series of side tables and storage furniture for Arredamenti Borsani in the early 1950s.

Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana stool

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000

A 'Cake' stool by Fernando and Humberto Campana, Brazilian designers renowned for their use of unusual materials.

The 'Cake' stool is a combination of stuffed toy animals and brushed stainless steel, and was created at Estudio Campana in 2008, in an edition of 150 plus five artist's proofs and one prototype.

Carlo Bugatti games table and chairs

Estimate: £80,000 - 120,000

A highly rare Art Nouveau games table and four chairs by the celebrated Italian decorator and designer Carlo Bugatti.

This set, constructed from Vellum-covered wood, repoussé brass, pewter, ebonised and walnut veneered-wood, was produced at Bugatti's Milanese studio circa 1902 at the peak of his fame, when he was described as "the first person in Italy to create, and not just dream of a modern style of furniture".

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