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    Alix De Saint-Hilaire

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    Martin Jalabert

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    Alix De Saint-Hilaire

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    Martin Jalabert

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    m.jalabert@piasa.fr

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    Dora Blary
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  • A lot to come for the end of this year

  • Ecole ITALIENNE du XIXème siècle 
    Adoration des mages 
    Panneau doublé 
    49 x 34 cm 
    Restaurations anciennes

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    Isabelle  MILSZTEIN
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Results | Italian design acclaimed at Piasa

Italian Design was in the spotlight at PIASA on November 26 with a sale
of nearly 300 lots, including an exceptional section devoted to the work of
Gabriella Crespi. Three hours of keen bidding, both in the saleroom and over
the telephone, yielded a premium-inclusive €2 million.
Gabriella Crespi, Timeless
A rigorously selected array of works by Gabriella Crespi, all accompanied by
certificates from the designer’s archives, saw top prices of €52,320 for her incredible
Sheherazadebed (lot 49) – a superb example of her delight in conceiving new forms – and
€51,040 for her iconic steel, wood and glass Z desk(lot 64). Works in metal – especially
brass – are Crespi’s hallmark, and connoisseurs eagerly sent her Tavola Sculptura(lot
25), an important work from her Plurimi series, to €45,940 (est. €20,000-30,000). This
exceptional Crespi tribute also prompted outstanding results for her oval wood and
brass bar – €42,110 (lot 29); and for her Rising Sun series in wood and bamboo, with an
ensemble of table and chairs (lot 7) taking €9,570 and her Fungo lampsmaking €9 500
and €10 200.
Italian design
These high prices were followed by works of Italian Design by the leading names of the
20th and 21st centuries.
The top price of the sale, €88,600, rewarded Franco Albini’s remarkably modern
looking pair of neon and lacquered-metal ceiling-lights from the 1950s (lot 137), made for
the INA head office in Parma, and consigned from an important European collection
(est. €45,000-65,000).
Two masterful Claudio Salocchi Centrobookcases in palissandre and white-lacquered
wood – veritable works of sculpture – sold for €59,970 and €43,380 respectively (est.
€15,000-20,000).
Other pieces to prompt fierce bidding included three ceramics by Fausto Melotti,
considered a pioneer of Minimalism and Arte Povera. His work veered towards pure
abstraction, with Melotti asserting that ‘Art is an angelic, geometric state of mind that
appeals not to the senses but to the intellect.’ His ceramic Due Corpi(lot 121), in a more
plastic style, sold for €35,730; and the two vases that followed (lots 122/123) for €15,310
and €47,210 respectively.
This third sale of Italian Design, paying tribute to the amazing skill of generations
of Italian craftsmen and artists and confirmed the reputation of PIASA’s Design
department in this sought-after field.