Osvaldo Borsani leads the first design auction at Sotheby’s Milan

From 21 to 27 June Sotheby’s will keep its first sale ever dedicated to Design to Milano

Until June 12 in connection with the 60th edition of Furniture exhibition, the most important works will be exhibited at Sotheby’s Ion Corso Venezia 16 together with the exhibition of the British designer Tom Dixon entitled ‘TWENTY’ and dedicated to the 20 years of his activity. The goal of the Milanese section of the maison is to celebrate the influence of Italian architects and designers on the history of design in the 20th and 21st centuries.

In the catalog a group of furniture, created and selected by the Milanese designer-architect Osvaldo Borsani for a private residence between 1949 and 1950. The ensemble of these works highlights not only the ingenuity, the extreme attention to detail and the quality of his production, but also Borsani’s collaborations with his contemporaries, i.a. Lucio Fontana and Agenore Fabbri, which he counts among his closest collaborators. One example of these collaborations is a blue and gold-painted ceramic by Lucio Fontana, adapted for lighting.

Lucio Fontana Ceramics with candles. Executed in 1954-1955
painted ceramics, painted wood, brass and metal, 35 x 74 x 70.5 cm; 13 3/4 x 29 1/8 x 27 3/4 in., Ceramics: 69 x 48.5 x 10 cm; 27 3/16 x 19 1/16 x 3 15/16 inches.
Estimate on request

Among the offered parties are Mobile bar by Borsani conceived as a subdivision unit, with triple opening, mirror interior and gold leaf details, using counterweight mechanisms for which bicycle chains have been adopted (estimated at 12,000-18,000 euros). The bar’s elegant shape and soft curves also define the 1950s ideal of the home as a place of social representation. large oval table, also by Borsani, surpassed by a Candoglia marble – the same pink marble from the Cathedral of Milan – with high quality marble maple leaf inserts (estimated: 10,000-15,000 euros). The designer is also present at the auction with some armchairs It is a game table with a marble top adorned with inlaid illustrations, each symbolizing a game, such as chess, cards and dominoes (estimated: 5,000-7,000 euros).

Osvaldo Borsani
Bar cabinet, model n. 6585
designed in 1946
mahogany, brass, metal, lead metal, hardstone and glass
Arredamenti Borsani Varedo Edition, Varedo, Italy
250 x 149 x 62 cm
Estimate: 12,000 – 18,000 EUR

Osvaldo Borsani
Dining table, model No. 6343
designed in 1944
mahogany, Candoglia marble, marble inlays and brass
Arredamenti Osvaldo Borsani Varedo Edition, Varedo, Italy
75 x 219.5 x 110.2 cm
Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 EUR

The auction follows us throughout the twentieth century: from the works made by the rationalists Piero Bottoni, Giuseppe Pagano and Gino Levi Montalcini in the 1920s-40s, to the works of postmodern architects Ettore Sottsass and Gaetano Pescepassing through the great designers of the second post-war period such as Gio Ponti, Gino Sarfatti, Ico Parisi, Max Ingrand and Ignazio Gardella.

Elena Checchi (Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Specialist) commented: “The auctions of Design from Sotheby’s present to collectors from all over the world the best production of this century and the last. Season after season, we have seen a growing interest from our customers for the iconic works of Italian and international designers. With great enthusiasm we present our first design auction in Milan, with pieces by some of the greatest Italian designers, combined with a group of works designed or selected by Osvaldo Borsani between 1949-1950 – a committee that undoubtedly highlights the enthusiasm of the post-war period and the explosive creativity that characterized Italy through the decade.

Gino Sarfatti, Floor Lamp, 1951, est. € 18,000-24,000
Gio Ponti, Proteo Light, 1967, est. € 10,000-15,000
Ico Parisi, Pair of armchairs, est. € 10,000-15,000
Ignazio Gardella, bookshelf, 1950s, est. € 10,000-15,000
Ingo Maurer, Heart Attack, 1997, est. € 15,000-20,000

7-12 JUNE
Sotheby’s Design Edit Highlights & ‘Twenty’
exhibited at Sotheby’s Milan, Corso Venezia 16
Opening hours: 10-19

JUNE 21-27
The auction ‘Design Edit Milan’ is open for bidding

JUNE 23-27
Full exposure

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Sotheby’s Milano

Corso Venezia 16, 20122 Milano
10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 00-18: 00

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