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Results | Italian Design & Marcello Fantoni, Ceramics | APRIL 15, 2015

Nearly 80% of lots sold for a premium-inclusive total of €2.24m
On 15 April 2015 PIASA staged their fifth sale of Italian Design. The 286 rigorously
selected lots yielded an overall total of €2,240,000.

Homage to Marcello Fantoni

80% sold by volume – 200% by value
An important section devoted to ceramic artist Marcello Fantoni saw most of the 72
works race past estimate: Fantoni’s amazing dexterity, and the fact that his work is
rarely on the market, sparked tremendous interest among connoisseurs. An untitled,
glazed enamel sculpture (c.1970), coated in transparent glaze to highlight its organic
matter, reflected Fantoni’s work with its pure expression of matter: an approach that
helped emancipate ceramics by propelling them into the field of contemporary art. The
chunky sculpture soared to €12,122 (lot 37).

Top price of the sale was €91,080 for a glazed ceramic panel by Fausto Melotti, made
in collaboration with Seregni for an architectural project by Melchiorre Bega (lot 144).
Melotti was a leader of the Milan abstract movement and considered a precursor of
Minimalism; he produced ceramics of great finesse – as also evident in his Due Corpori
vase (1954) which, after lively bidding, fetched €31,900 (lot 142, est. €25,000-35,000).
There was even fiercer bidding for furniture by Ignazio Gardella, with record prices of
€79,920 for his masterly bookcase (lot 183, est. €30,000-50,000) and €62,520 for his pair
of Digamma armchairs with footrests (lot 182, est. €12,000-18,000).
Other outstanding prices included €47,850 for an original, three-legged table in
Brazilian rosewood and cast iron by Angelo Mangiarotti, edited by La Sorgente del
Mobile in 1972 (lot 229); €51,000 for an Angelo Lelli ceiling-light (lot 138); and €17,860 for
a pair of side-tables by Vittorio Valabrega (lot 78, est. €3,000-4,000).