Vintage Carlo Mollino Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:31:25

Vintage Carlo Mollino Furniture is original furniture produced by the Italian designer Carlo Mollino.

History & Description

Carlo Mollino was a designer and architect who was born in Turin, Italy, in 1905.

Carlo Mollino was renowned for his frenetic persona and curvaceous, almost sensual nature of his architecture and furniture. Mollino was deeply inspired by Art Nouveau and in particular Antoni Gaudi.

In addition, Mollino cited the female body and eroticism as his greatest influences. Mollino produced furniture with great freedom and his designs are celebrated for their originality and innovative use of materials and techniques.

Mollino lived life to the fullest. He was a champion skier, racing car driver and a pilot and enjoyed a favourable disposition with the ladies. Following his death in 1973, over two thousand erotic Polaroids were discovered in his apartment.

Guide for collectors

Antique Carlo Mollino furniture represents some of the most expensive furniture on the market today. However, while national auction houses, such as Wright and Phillips de Pury in the United States, do regularly offer Mollino pieces, the more important, and therefore more valuable, pieces are invariably sold through international auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

At national auction houses, collectors can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for antique Carlo Mollino furniture. However, prices can exceed $150,000. Meanwhile, at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, on average the prices increase to around $30,000 to $60,000 but regularly sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On 9th 2005, a world record price was set for an item of twentieth century furniture when a Carlo Mollino oak and glass table, produced in 1949, realised a price of $3,824,000 through Christie’s in New York.

Notable auction sales

On December 16th 2008 at Christie’s in New York, a plywood and glass table, designed by Carlo Mollino, circa 1949, realised a price of $1,314,500.

On December 18th 2007 at Christie’s in New York, an upholstered lounge chair, designed by Carlo Mollino, circa 1946, realised a price of $881,000.

On December 8th 2009 at Christie’s in New York, an ebonised wood and glass table, designed by Carlo Mollino, circa 1950, realised a price of $602,500.

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