Carlo Mollino furniture set for Christie’s London design auction



2015-06-26 11:21:52

Carlo Mollino furniture set for Christie’s London design auction

7 Aug 2012, 10:13 GMT+01

A forthcoming Christie’s auction will focus on the work of Italy’s most celebrated architect and designer - Carlo Mollino.

Spanning five decades, Mollino’s career saw him create numerous masterpieces in Turin, including the Società Ippica Torinese, the Camera di Commercio building and the Teatro Regio Torino. His furniture was exhibited internationally, and today is valued as perhaps the world’s most sought-after 20th century furniture.

The Christie’s auction, which takes place in London on October 23, will feature 10 pieces from Mollino’s Casa Cattaneo – a stunning private villa built in the foothills of the Alps in 1953 for the industrialist Luigi Cattaneo.

Overlooking Lake Maggiore, the villa was built at the peak of Mollino’s powers and was soon followed by houses in the Alpine ski resort at Cervinia in 1954. Many of the designs first featured at the Casa Cattaneo were later developed for the Cervinia resort, and it stands as the only villa of its type ever designed by Mollino.

The furniture’s combination of modern and traditional styles compliments the architecture of the villa, which remains as one of the few Mollino-designed building still standing.

Highlights of the sale will include a dining suite, comprising of two oak dining tables and ten chairs, valued at £500,000 - £700,000.

Christie’s was previously responsible for the 2005 sale in which Mollino’s oak and glass table designed for the Casa Orengo in 1949 sold for $3,824,000 – breaking the World Record price for a piece of 20th century furniture. Today the item still holds the record as both the most expensive piece of Mollino furniture and Italian Post-War design ever sold at auction.


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