Italian design protagonist in the great auctions in Milan and Paris. From Ponti to Scarpa to Gae Aulenti-

Italian design protagonist in the great auctions in Milan and Paris. From Ponti to Scarpa to Gae Aulenti-
Italian design protagonist in the great auctions in Milan and Paris. From Ponti to Scarpa to Gae Aulenti-

the Big Auction at the same time in London, between Christie’s and Sotheby’s, raised 159.4 million pounds (122 million in 2020 and 173 in 2019). Now the collectors are flying to Milan and Paris on the wings of the best Design.

A refined interlude of enchantments at the end of October, still stationed in the Old Continent, precede the spotlight on the States for the mega sales scheduled for November. These are essential events for lovers of the subject, which is dominated by the multifaceted genius of our country.

The creations of Ponti, Scarpa, Bellini, Aulenti, Gardella dot a triptych of auctions that condenses the history of twentieth-century design. Eyes on the world capital of Design, Milan, where Cambi will be holding Design 200 on 27 October. Two hundred lots in a single evening. With a selection of lighting works, chairs and tables signed by Italian and international artists from the 1950s to the early 1970s. The top lot in the catalog a 1954 Dahlia Chandelier signed by the French Max Ingrand. A superb lamp with colored crystal petals, supported by a nickel-plated and zapped brass structure. The estimate of 15,000-20,000 euros.

The Dahlia chandelier by Max Ingrand, at Cambi in Milan, on October 27, estimates 15,000-20,000 euros

Ingrand was the artistic director from ’54 to ’64 of the famous FontanaArte, an icon company in the sector founded by Luigi Fontana and Gio Ponti. Among the many classics he designed there is also a floor lamp model 2020 and the low table model 1817/1. Both are made of crystal and are estimated at 6,000-8,000 euros.

Among the sofas, a mention for the Camaleonda model sofa by Mario Bellini (5,000-7,000). Versatile, decomposable, scenographic: swollen and simple shapes for a furniture classic. And for the Pair of sofas, signed Afra and Tobia Scarpa (4,000-6,000), whose original design, in 1969, won the Compasso d’Oro.

On the Seine

From Milan to Paris, where Artcurial focuses its attention on our country on October 28th. One hundred and eighty lots made by masters such as Mario Ceroli, Nanda Vigo, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gae Aulenti and Gio Ponti. Of the latter i top lot of the catalog. A pair of Vienna straw armchairs model n. 489, built by Cassina in the 1950s (30,000-40,000) and a very important Table Count Rosso in wood covered with carmine linoleum (25 thousand-35 thousand), coming from the majestic dining room of the ocean liner Count Rosso launched in Trieste in 1927. Here too Max Ingrand appears, with a Dahlia chandelier this time with blue smoky glass diffusers (24,000-30,000).

A pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti, at Artcurial in Paris, on October 28th. Estimate: 30 thousand-40 thousand euros

There is also room for a selection of iconic works by Mario Ceroli in Russian pine. This is the series of Furniture in the Valley, whose design is based on the rhythmic iteration of identical elements gathered within a solid structure. A round table is part of it Wind rose (8 thousand-12 thousand), two very high-backed chairs (2 thousand-3 thousand) and a three-seater sofa (6 thousand-9 thousand).

Boetto closes the tour of enchantments, which on 27 October in Genoa offers a captivating catalog suitable for all budgets, with estimates that do not exceed a thousand euros. Two river sessions of over 700 lots in which the Quattro wall lamps, 60s, by Albano Poli and other Quattro wall lamps, 40s by Barovier & Toso in satin iridescent crystal stand out (800-900 euros each).

The appointments at the end of October are not over. Amart is scheduled in Milan (Museo della Permanente, 27-31 October) a fair that turns the spotlight on antiques that has become the reference point for the Italian and international antiques and art market ( And as if that weren’t enough, from 25 to 29 October, again in Milan, Mog -Milano Open Galleries will take place – with over forty galleries that extend their opening hours to the evening to host numerous exclusive events, meetings and presentations spread throughout the city (


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