The first time I saw and bought one of these modernist perpetual calendars was during dealer set-up at a Pier Show in the 1990s. I don’t remember who I bought it from, but I loved it. I remember as soon as I put it out in our glass showcase for sale, the husband and wife, modernist design, duo Nora & John from Bizarre Bizarre walked up and bought it immediately for whatever price I blurted out. I regretted selling it immediately, and even considered buying it back from them, but they sold it during the opening of the show (of course). For the next 10+ years I looked for another one, with no success. Finally at a Palm Springs Modernism fair, I spotted one during set-up (that’s when all the deals happen) and asked a price. I was shocked when the gentleman with the "junky" booth said $750! I started to walk away, but then remembered how long it had taken me to find another one, so I turned around and bought it.
Somehow during a move it got “stuck" in a box and was only recently unearthed during a spring cleaning. I had always attributed the design to Bruno Munari, but I could never find documentation of that. While packing it up for this auction, I posted it on Instagram, just a quick abstract kind of shot, and almost immediately a dealer from Belgium dm’d me and said "nice Tilche”. I was like “Who?" So I immediately Googled "Tilche magnetic calendar" and there it was! Paulo Tilche “TiTe” calendar for his own design store in Milan, Arform, 1956. So we have come full circle with this one, and I hope the next owner loves it as much as I did!