Thinking Italian Art and Design Evening Sale

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Date of the auction: 22.10.2020

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ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994)

ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994) Celant signed and dated 'Boetti 67' (on the reverse) industrial paint on wood 9 ½ x 7 ⅛ x 2 ¾in. (24 x 18 x 7cm.) Executed in 1967 Provenance Private Collection, United Kingdom

Lot #: 130

Estimate: £35,000 - £50,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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MARIO SCHIFANO (1934-1998)

MARIO SCHIFANO (1934-1998) Cementoferro 6 (Concrete iron 6) signed, titled and dated 'Schifano Febbraio 60 Cementoferro 6' (on the reverse) concrete and iron on canvas laid down on board 66 ⅞ x 63in. (170 x 160cm.) Executed in 1960 Provenance Studio Casoli, Milan. Acquired from the above by the

Lot #: 131

Estimate: £100,000 - £150,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006)

Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006) Un po' lavorato signed 'Rotella' (lower left); signed, titled and dated 'Rotella "Un po' lavorato" 1959' (on the reverse) décollage on canvas 43 ¼ x 36 ⅝in. (110 x 93cm.) Executed circa 1959 Provenance P. Cascella Collection, Rome. Galleria Primo Piano, Rome. Private

Lot #: 132

Estimate: £70,000 - £100,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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MARIO SCHIFANO (1934-1998)

MARIO SCHIFANO (1934-1998) Compagni compagni (Comrades Comrades) signed 'Schifano' (on the reverse of the central element) spray paint on canvas and Plexiglas, in three parts overall: 111 ⅛ x 78 ¾in. (300 x 200cm.) Painted in 1968 Provenance Studio Marconi, Milan. Acquired from the above by the

Lot #: 133

Estimate: £350,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GIO PONTI (1891-1979)

GIO PONTI (1891-1979) Large chandelier brass, painted brass, opaque glass 34 ¼ x 68 ½in. (87 x 174cm.) Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy, circa 1968 Provenance Private colleciton, Milan, circa 1968; Thence by descent

Lot #: 134

Estimate: £30,000 - £40,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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FAUSTO MELOTTI (1901-1986)

FAUSTO MELOTTI (1901-1986) Notturno alle Haway (Nocturne in Haway) brass and copper 41 ⅜ x 27 ⅛ x 8 ⅝in. (105 x 69 x 22cm.) Executed in 1976 Provenance Private Collection, Milan. Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lot #: 135

Estimate: £150,000 - £200,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968) [Concetto spaziale] signed and dated 'l. fontana 58' (lower right) pencil on canvas 39 ⅜ x 49 ¼in. (100 x 125cm.) Painted in 1958 Provenance Galleria Blu, Milan. Here acquired from the family of the present owner in 1970 and thence by descent to the present owner

Lot #: 136

Estimate: £700,000 - £1,000,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973)

CARLO MOLLINO (1905-1973) Unique and Important Dining Suite, Designed For Ada and Cesare Minola ebonised wood, maple, brass, original glass, original leather upholstery table 30 ¼ x 87 x 38 ½in. (77 x 221 x 98cm.) each chair 31 ¾ x 18 ½ x 22in. (80.5 x 47 x 56cm.) Executed by Apelli & Varesio

Lot #: 137

Estimate: £1,200,000 - £1,800,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GINO DE DOMINICIS (1947-1998)

GINO DE DOMINICIS (1947-1998) Untitled signed 'G. De Dominicis' (on the reverse) gold leaf, chalk and tempera on board, in artist's box with glass 81 ½ x 19 ¾ x 9 ⅝in. (207 x 50 x 24.5cm.) Executed in 1996 Provenance Private Collection, Milan. Thence by descent to the present owner

Lot #: 138

Estimate: £180,000 - £220,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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JANNIS KOUNELLIS (1936-2017)

JANNIS KOUNELLIS (1936-2017) Untitled pencil and tempera on paper 59 x 78in. (150x198cm.) Executed in 1959-60 Provenance Galleria Christian Stein, Milan. (Acquired directly from the artist). Private Collection

Lot #: 139

Estimate: £400,000 - £600,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994)

ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994) Mappa (Map) signed 'alighiero e boetti' (on the overlap) embroidery 44 ⅛ x 69 ¼in. (112 x 176cm.) Executed in 1984 Provenance Galleria Toselli, Milan. Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1985

Lot #: 140

Estimate: £800,000 - £1,200,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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PINO PASCALI (1935–1968)

PINO PASCALI (1935–1968) Contraerea (Anti-Aircraft) painted iron, aluminum and plastic 67 x 56 ¼ x 37 ½in. (170 x 143 x 95 cm.) Executed in 1965 Provenance Galleria Enzo Sperone, Turin. Private Collection, Italy. Thence by descent to the present owner

Lot #: 141

Estimate: £2,500,000 - £3,500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIANO FABRO (1936-2007)

LUCIANO FABRO (1936-2007) Contatto. Tautologia (Contact. Tautology) aluminum, in two parts (i) 1 ⅛ x 116 x ¼in. (3 x 294.5 x 0.5cm.) (ii) 1 ⅛ x 115 ¼ x ¼in. (3 x 292.7 x 0.5cm.) overall: 1 ⅛ x 231 ⅛ x ¼in. (cm 3 x 587.2 x 0.5cm.) Executed in 1967, this work is unique Provenance Galleria de

Lot #: 142

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994)

ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994) Il progressivo svanire della consuetudine (The progressive disappearance of habit) ballpoint pen on paper laid down on canvas, in five parts each: 39. ⅜ x 27. ½in. (100 x 70cm.) overall: 39. ⅜ x 137. ¾in. (100 x 350cm.) Executed in 1974 Provenance Private collection, La

Lot #: 143

Estimate: £500,000 - £700,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GIO PONTI (1891-1979) & PIETRO CHIESA (1892-1948)

GIO PONTI (1891-1979) & PIETRO CHIESA (1892-1948) Pair of rare 'Sculture da Tavolo' (Table Sculptures) each signed on the reverse 'Gio Ponti Pietro Chiesa' leaded coloured glass, clear glass with floral murrine, patinated bronze frames and bases red 23 ½ x 11 x 8 ¼in. (59.7 x 28 x 21cm.) blue 23 ¾ x

Lot #: 144

Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIANO FABRO (1936-2007)

LUCIANO FABRO (1936-2007) Struttura ortogonale assoggettata ai quattro vertici a tensione (Orthogonal structure subjected to tension at the four vertices) polished steel pipes 35 ⅞ x 82 ⅝in. (91 x 210cm.) Executed in 1964-1969 Provenance Galleria Mario Pieroni, Pescara. Galleria Arte Borgogna

Lot #: 145

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994)

ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940-1994) Lot composed of two works: (i) Asta di misurazione (Measurement pole) (ii)Triplo metro (Triple meter) (ii) titled 'triplo metro' (on the side) (i) painted iron (ii) hand-made intervention on bamboo cane (i) 63 x ½in. (160 x 1.2cm.) (ii) 78 ¾ x ¾in. (300 x 1.8cm

Lot #: 146

Estimate: £350,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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MARIO MERZ (1925-2003)

MARIO MERZ (1925-2003) Untitled soil, glass and neon numbers overall dimensions variable Executed in 1971 Provenance Galleria Christian Stein, Milan. Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

Lot #: 147

Estimate: £350,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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RICCARDO DALISI (B. 1931)

RICCARDO DALISI (B. 1931) Rare 'Pasternacchio' chair painted beech wood 45 ¾ x 25 ¼ x 19 ¾in. (139 x 64 x 50cm.) Executed in 1979 Provenance Fabrizio Garghetti private collection, Milan; Acqiured from the above by the present owner

Lot #: 148

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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MARIO MERZ (1925-2003)

MARIO MERZ (1925-2003) Untitled (i) beeswax and fabric (ii) beeswax on two iron stands (i) 5 ½ x 25 ¾ x 7 ½in. (14 x 65.5 x 19cm.) (ii) 8 ⅞ x 24 ¼ x 3 ⅞in. (22.6 x 61.5 x 9.8cm.) each stand: 16 x 23 ⅝ x 11 ⅝in. (40.5 x 60 x 29.5cm) Executed in 1969 Provenance Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin

Lot #: 149

Estimate: £120,000 - £180,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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PIERO MANZONI (1933–1963)

PIERO MANZONI (1933–1963) Linea m 6,98 (Line m 6,98) titled and inscribed '1⅖9' (on the label) ink on paper, cardboard tube 8 ½ x 2 ½ x 2 ½in. (21.5 x 6.5 x 6.5cm.) Executed in 1959 Provenance Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen. Collection P. G. Woog, Geneva. Anon. Sale, Sotheby's London, 2 July 1998, lot

Lot #: 150

Estimate: £80,000 - £120,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968) [Concetto Spaziale, forma] painted iron 42 ⅛ x 24 ¾ x 30 ½in. (107 x 62.8 x 77.6cm.) Executed in 1957 Provenance F. Grosso Collection, Turin. Anon. sale, Sotheby’s London, 22 October 2001, lot 29. Private Collection, Europe. Anon. sale Sotheby’s London, 20 October 2008, lot

Lot #: 151

Estimate: £2,500,000 - £3,500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968) Concetto spaziale signed ‘l. fontana‘ (bottom right); signed and titled ‘l. Fontana Concetto spaziale’ (on the reverse) oil and graffiti on canvas 51 ⅛ x 38 ¼in. (130 x 97cm.) Painted in 1962 Provenance Galerie Arditti, Paris. H. M. Vieth Collection, Hellerup. Anon. sale

Lot #: 152

Estimate: £800,000 - £1,200,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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PIERO DORAZIO (1927-2005)

PIERO DORAZIO (1927-2005) Tiber II signed 'Dorazio ’58' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Piero Dorazio 1958 Tiber II' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 63 x 51 ⅛in. (160 x 130cm.) Painted in 1958 Provenance Piero Dorazio Collection, Todi Private Collection, Italy Thence by descent to present

Lot #: 153

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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ETTORE SOTTSASS (1917-2007)

ETTORE SOTTSASS (1917-2007) Opera Cosmica signed and dated ‘Sottsass 58’ (lower right); titled, signed, dated and inscribed ‘Ettore Sottsass Jr. “Opera Cosmica” (pre-memphis) 1958’ (on the reverse) tempera and paper collage on Masonite 74 ¾ x 6 ¼in. (190 x 16cm.) in artist's frame Executed in 1958

Lot #: 154

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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SALVATORE SCARPITTA (1919-2007)

SALVATORE SCARPITTA (1919-2007) Red Ladder n. 2 signed, titled and dated twice '1960 Salvatore Scarpitta 1960 “red ladder 2”' (on the stretcher) bandages and mixed media 21 x 20in. (53.3 x 50.8cm.) Executed in 1960 Provenance Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Galleria Notizie, Turin. Private

Lot #: 155

Estimate: £650,000 - £850,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GIO PONTI (1891-1979)

GIO PONTI (1891-1979) Large 'Vaso delle Donne e dei Fiori' underside signed under glaze 'Ginori', '1019' hand-painted glazed earthenware 19 ½ x 16 ¼in. (49.5 x 41cm.) Designed 1924, executed by Richard Ginori, Italy, late 1920s Provenance Private collection, Southern Germany, late 1920s; Thence by

Lot #: 156

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968) Ceramica, base di tavolino: Fiori (Ceramic, small table base: Flowers) signed 'l. fontana' (on the base) glazed terracotta 18 ¾ x 14 ⅛ x 14 ⅛in. (47.7 x 36 x 36cm.) Executed in 1953-1954 Provenance Private Collection, Milan. Galleria & Co., Milan. Acquired from the above by

Lot #: 157

Estimate: £100,000 - £150,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GIULIO PAOLINI (b. 1940)

GIULIO PAOLINI (b. 1940) Lo spazio (The space) shaped painted plywood, in eights parts each: 4 x 4 x 0 ¼in. (10 x 10 x 0.5cm.) 'i' element: 4 x 1 x 0 ¼in. (10 x 2.4 x 0.5cm.) overall dimensions variable Executed in 1967; this work is no. 3 from an edition of 7 Provenance Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone

Lot #: 158

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020

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GIO POMODORO (1930-2002)

GIO POMODORO (1930-2002) Unique centre table marble with pietra dura inlays, bronze 30 x 86 ⅝ x 33in. (76.5 x 220 x 84cm.) Executed in 1987 Provenance Christie's, Paris, Arts Décoratifs du 20ème Siècle, 19 May 2005, lot 260; Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lot #: 159

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 22 Oct 2020