Utopia: Lost and Found /01 April 2008


Fabio Lenci

prototype dining set, model 230
Italy, 1970
plastic, upholstery, enameled resin, stainless steel, pine
59 w × 30¼ h in (150 × 77 cm)

Dining set includes: six chairs, six leaves and one table base that doubles as storage for the chairs when the set is not in use and original trolley. Sold with four prototype chair bases, one hand-crafted wooden form. Master mold-maker Giovanni Sacchi assisted with the production of this table, but due to the difficulty of design, few complete dining sets were ever produced. Signed with molded manufacturer's mark to underside of each: [Bernini Made In Italy Model 230/S Design F. Lenci].

provenance: Bernini Family, Italy

literature: Italy: The New Italian Landscape, Ambasz, pg. 122

estimate: $9,000–12,000

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