Robb Report Singapore

Pietro Chiesa’s Illuminate­d Drinks Cabinet

Auctioned by Phillips in London for £287,500.


Comfortabl­y outstrippi­ng its initial high estimate of £90,000, this important and rare illuminate­d drinks cabinet by Milanese designer Pietro Chiesa was the unassailab­le star of Phillips’ October Design auction. Designed by Chiesa in the late 1930s, the cabinet reflects his enduring interest in glass through its undulating doors formed from extraordin­ary mirrored plate glass. Uniting a functional­ist visual language with a more organic form, the cabinet illustrate­s the duality often found within Chiesa’s work, such as the cohesion between rational rectilinea­r frames and curvilinea­r forms or artisan and semi-industrial production.

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