Important Italian Design /06 December 2005

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Carlo Mollino

Devalle settee
Galleria Colombari
Italy, 1939/1994
velvet over wood frame
72 w × 30 d × 40 h in (183 × 76 × 102 cm)

The Devalle house was a conceptual project in which Mollino utilized the walls, ceilings, and small details to create a complete environment. Galleria Colombari produced a limited edition reissue of this design in 1994.

provenance: Rossella Colombari, Milano

exhibited: Sedie e Arredi, 1991, Galleria Sozzani, MilanoCarlo Mollino: Sedie e Arredi, 1994, Darmstadt Museum, Darmstadt

literature: Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography, Brino, pg. 71Carlo Mollino, Ferrari, pg. 83Carlo Mollino- Catalog dei Mobili, Colombari, pg. 23

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,200

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Carlo Mollino 1905–1973

As a child, Carlo Mollino was smitten by the engineering work of his father and his infatuation led him to the study of constructional engineering and architecture at the University of Turin. After graduating, Mollino worked at his father’s studio before founding his own architectural and interior design practice run out of the same space. He built several famed structures including the Società Ippica Torinese (1937-40, now destroyed), Casa del Sole, Cervinia (1947-54) and the Teatro Regio Torino (1965-73) as well as several private homes and apartments.

Aside from architecture and interior design, Mollino possessed a love of race cars; he created sweptback cars for himself to race and even set a record at Le Mans that remained unbroken for two years. An expert skier obsessed with aerodynamics and clean lines, Mollino wrote a book on the subject. Not only did he love speed and the sleek bodies of automobiles but the voluptuous curves of the female form inspired a series of erotic photographs featuring nude models on and around his own furniture designs. The idealized female form and aerodynamics motivated his design aesthetic, curved backs, slim ankles, and hourglass shapes abound in his furniture designs. Moving away from the austerity of the Modernist movement, Mollino imbued his furniture with a sense of the feminine and the surreal.

Auction Results Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino

set of six dining chairs from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $216,000

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $215,000

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $206,500

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $180,000

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $161,000

Carlo Mollino

desk from Reale Mutua Assicurazioni
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $156,000

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $156,000

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $132,000

Carlo Mollino

bed from the Casa Minola
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $120,000

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $80,500

Carlo Mollino

dining table from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $54,000

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $54,000

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $45,600

Carlo Mollino

cabinet from the Ferro residence, Torino
estimate: $35,000–40,000
result: $42,000

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $42,000

Carlo Mollino

Chair from Casa del Sole
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $38,750

Carlo Mollino

Casa del Sole chair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500

Carlo Mollino

Suora floor lamp
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $35,000

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $35,000

Carlo Mollino

set of eight chairs from Lutrario Hall, Turin
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $35,000

Carlo Mollino

Suora floor lamp
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $26,250

Carlo Mollino

bed from the Casa Minola
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $26,000

Carlo Mollino

Suora floor lamp
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $23,750

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervina
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $22,500

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