The first Sotheby’s design auction in Milan

Following the exhibition of some highlights at the Palazzo Serbelloni during the design week, Sotheby’s Milan Design Edit Milan announces its first ever-dedicated auction of Italian design masters from the 1950s to the postmodern.

Piero Bottani, chairman, 1936, est. € 8,000-10,000

A few days after the end of Salone del Mobile and Design Week, Sotheby’s Milano is ready for its first design auction: Design Edit Milan. The highlights of the first sale dedicated to the house’s Italian headquarters were previewed in Palazzo Serbelloni’s galleries alongside British designer Tom Dixon’s creations and are back on display to the public and more extensive from 23rd to 27th June, while from 21st to 21st 27. officially opens the bids to win the major celebrities in Italian design. The opening sale celebrates the work and influence of Italian architects and designers on the history of design in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the golden age pieces from the 1950s Italian project to the creations of postmodern architects. Collected on a fascinating journey through the entire twentieth century, the creations of the rationalists appear in the catalog Piero Bottoni, Giuseppe Pagano And Gino Levi Montalcinitogether with a selection of furniture by Osvaldo Borsani, Gio Ponti, Ignazio Gardella, when the research of Ettore Sottsass And Gaetano Pesce.

Lucio Fontana, Lucio Fontana, Ceiling lamp with ceramic
Lucio Fontana, Lucio Fontana, Ceiling lamp with ceramic


“Sotheby’s Design Auctions have always presented collectors from around the world with the best production of this century and the last. Season after season, we have found a growing interest from our customers in the iconic works of Italian and international designers. With great enthusiasm we present our first design auction in Milan, with works by some of the greatest Italian designers, combined with a group of works designed or selected by Osvaldo Borsani between 1949-1950 – a selection that undoubtedly highlights the ‘post-war enthusiasm’ and the explosive creativity that characterized Italy through the decade ”. Like this Elena Checchi20th Century Design specialist at Sotheby’s, comments on the opening auction in Milan, which also supports the wave of growing interest in the sector coming from Paris, where Important design sale reached 24.6 million euros, which is the second highest total in Europe for a sale of the English house dedicated to this category.

Pietro Chiesa, consul and mirror, approx.  1931, estimated € 8,000-12,000
Pietro Chiesa, consul and mirror, approx. 1931, estimated € 8,000-12,000


Among the most anticipated lots are a group of furniture created or chosen between 1949 and 1950 by the designer and architect Osvaldo Borsani for a private residence, a committee that also highlights the very precious and peculiar collaboration with the visual artists of the time, from Lucio Fontana to Agenore Fabbri. An example of this is a blue and gold painted ceramic by Lucio Fontana and adapted for lighting. Also at Borsani there is a dividing bar (estimated 12,000-18,000 euros) and a large oval table with a Candoglia marble slab, the same pink marble from Milan Cathedral (estimated 10,000-15,000 euros). Among other highlights, a pair of armchairs by Ico Parisi from 1952 (estimated 10,000-15,000 euros), a floor lamp on Gino Sarfatti from 1951 (estimated 18,000-24,000 euros), an armchair of Piero Bottani from 1936 (€ 8,000-10,000), Gio Ponti And Pietro Chiesaconsole and mirror, approx. 1931 (€ 8,000-12,000) and a library from the 1950s Ignazio Gardella (€ 10,000-15,000).

– Cristina Masturzo

Design editing Milan
Sotheby’s Milano
Auction: June 21-27
Exhibition: 23 – 27 June
Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16, Milano

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