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Gabriella Crespi

Italian
Italian

Bronze discs that open up like clamshells for storage and fold back in to become side tables. Sleek cubes barely suspended off the ground that transform into full-size dining tables. Clean-lined boxes that contain multilevel shelving. Looking at the work of Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, born in 1922 and who still produced furniture in her Milan studio until her death in 2017, it’s hard to believe that many of these highly functional pieces — modernist Rubik’s Cubes of materials, colors and ergonomics — were created decades ago.

Among her best-known creations, the bronze Ellisse table, 1976, and her bronze-and-lacquer Yang-Yin bar, 1979, encapsulate a designer who had a strong dualism in her vision, mixing humble and precious materials, for instance, or creating geometric shapes that were softened by sensual surfaces. Crespi began studying architecture in 1944 at the Politecnico, in Milan, where she was among just a handful of women, and became profoundly influenced by the work of Charles-Édouard "Le Corbusier" Jeanneret  and Frank Lloyd Wright. After getting married and having children, she launched her own collections, from jewelry to furniture, and soon gained a loyal following, with design houses such as Maison Dior snapping pieces up for their own lines.

She began work on her most iconic collection, Plurimi, in the late 1960s, and the series — including her Dama table, which plays on the themes of volume, light and adaptability that Crespi has explored throughout her career — flourished through the 1970s and early ’80s. Then there is her famed Z desk, from a mid-1970s series, which manages to be both stylish and humorous, looking like it’s ready to leap off the floor at any moment. Well-born and beautiful, Crespi garnered attention among the jet set. She was a muse to Valentino, and her pieces appeared in the homes of Princess Grace of Monaco, the Shah of Iran and Greek shipping magnate George Livanos. 

In 1987, with her children now adults, the designer surprised everyone when she moved to the foot of the Indian Himalayas to study with the guru Sri Muniraj. This turned into a 20-year self-imposed exile that, if anything, made her pieces even more sought-after by collectors. 

Iconic Designs from Gabriella Crespi
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Fungo Table Lamp
Fungo Table Lamp
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
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Creator: Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Style Split Reed Rattan Six Drawer Dresser
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Culver City, CA
Gabriella Crespi Style Split Reed Rattan Six Drawer DresserSplit reed rattan six drawer dresser or chest with an asymmetrical radiating pattern and patinated bronze hardware designed...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Turtle Vide-Poche or Sculpture in Silvered Metal
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Very realistic Turtle designed by Gabriella Crespi in '70s. The turtle has the structure in Silvered Metal, the shell could be opened and inside you can put some jewelry or little ob...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Desk/Bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia
By Gabriella Crespi, Mobilia
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern desk/bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gabriella Crespi

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Wood

Gabriella Crespi Vintage Brass Nickel Plexiglass Chandelier Pendant Fungo, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vienna, AT
Gabriella Crespi vintage brass nickel plexiglass chandelier or pendant Fungo designed 1970s Italy. Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) Gabriella Crespi presented her collections in Milan in...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass, Nickel

Gabriella Crespi Rectangular Red Picture Frame Photo in Lucite, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular red picture frame signed by the Italian designer Gabriella Crespi (original plate shown in photos) made of Lucite, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass, Glass, Plastic

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Table Lighter, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi table lighter made with plexiglass and brass. M A engraved on the brass. Originla sticker still attached. 1970s, made in Italy. The lighter is in...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver Plate

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Gold Frame Desk, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi gold brass frame for a stylish desk. 1970s, made in Italy. In excellent condition with no structural damages or repairs. An amazing and seldo...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Silver Plated Vase by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire
Rare hand worked and chiselled silver plated vase in the form of a Ram. Designed by Gabriella Crespi part of the “Animalia” series possibly for Christian Dior. Signed underneath, It...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Silver Plate

21st Bohemian 72 Collection Rattan Lounge Chair Ottoman Set by Gabriella Crespi
By Gubi, Gabriella Crespi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bohemian Gabriella Crespi

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Fabric, Rattan

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box in Brass and Plexiglass '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

21st Bohemian 72 Collection Rattan Lounge Chair Designed by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi, Gubi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bohemian Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Fabric, Rattan

Gabriella Crespi Umbrella Stand
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Umbrella stand designed and signed by Gabriella Crespi in burl wood and brass in very good condition from 1970.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Silver Plated Bowl by Gabriella Crespi / Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Walnut style.
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Silver Plate

"Photophore" Candle Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Huge rock and Murano glass Barovier e Toso candle lamp designed by Gabriella Crespi. Brass candles support. Expertise by Archivio Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Stone, Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box in Brass and Plexiglass '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Lucite and Chrome Decorative Box, Italy 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Rome, IT
Rare box in lucite and chrome in the shape of a rhombus signed by the Italian designer Gabriella Crespi as shown in photos. Made in Italy in the 1970s. Conditions are good consid...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Gabriella Crespi Centerpiece Bowl
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Polished steel and copper, stamped "Gabriella Crespi Breva".
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Copper

21st Century Bohemian 72 Collection Rattan Ottoman by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi, Gubi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bohemian Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Fabric, Rattan

21st Century Bohemian 72 Collection Rattan Sofa Designed by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi, Gubi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bohemian Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Fabric, Rattan

Gabriella Crespi Rare Pair of "Scultura Piccolo" Tables in Brass 1970s 'Signed'
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important pair of "Scultura piccolo" tables in brass from the Plurimi Series by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1970's (signed, “Gabriella Crespi, BEV.” on the lower back corner). P...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Table Lamp Fungo in Nickelplated Brass and Perspex
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Iconic Table Lamp model "Fungo" (literally "Mushroom") designed by the great artist Gabriella Crespi in '70s. The lamp has a nickel-plated Brass structure and the diffuser is in Bras...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

21st Century Bohemian 72 Rattan and Brass Lantern Floor Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
By Gubi, Gabriella Crespi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Signed Gabriella Crespi Brass Frame
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Rare Gabriella Crespi gold brass frame with oval shape with fixed standing base. Signed "Gabriella Crespi" on the back side. Italy, 1970.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Plurimi Table in Wood and Metal Green and Silver
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Very rare coffee or centre table designed by the artist Gabriella Crespi for the series Plurimi. The table was designed in '70 and this example was produced in '80s, rare version in ...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Steel

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box in Brass and Plexiglass, '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative Oval box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Per...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Bamboo and Brass Trimmed Buffet by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Austin, TX
Italian Mid Century Modern buffet with 2 doors and 4 drawers. The gilt brass frame, which emulates bamboo, showcases the body of the cabinet that is covered in a bamboo veneer.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Rare Due Rane Frogs Pair of Animali Table Lamps, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Miami, FL
A super rare pair of large sculpture lamps by Gabriella Crespi. "Due Rane" belongs to the Animali Serie and were created with the ancient lost wax technique in 1973, (same year as "C...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Circular Seven Fotos Nickel Table Frame, Italy 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
Gabriella Crespi seven fotos circular nickel picture frame, Italy 1970s Signed Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi “Puzzle” Brass Black Opaline Console Table 1973
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Paris, FR
This Puzzle console table made by Gabriella Crespi is part of the série Plurimi from 1973. The design was composed of several sections that could be used independently as consoles or...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) Set of three modernist bud vases Silvered brass and glass, Signed on base . Italy, 1970s Dimensions: 7 H x 2.5 Diameter Priced and sold as a set.  
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Bottle Holder in Cork and Metal, Italy 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
Gabriella Crespi bottle holder in cork and metal, Italy 1970s Signed Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Jewelry Box in Brass and Plexiglass '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Set of 8 Sedia 73 Gray Leather Chairs
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Miami, FL
A set of 8 chairs by Gabriella Crespi. The design is quite striking in its perfect simplicity, clean modern lines with the polished metal contrasting with the organic beauty of the l...
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1980s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Caleidoscopio floor lamp by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
Caleidoscopio floor lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1970. Signed and numbered exemplar. Example provided with certificate of authenticity released by Archivio Gabriella Crespi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Italy , 1970's
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Lucite pyramid mounted to an angled base of patinated brass. Signed on the base. OUR REFERENCE N8738    
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi, Tray Table, Signed, circa 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Gabriella Crespi, Tray table, Painted wood, brass, Signed, circa 1970. Measures: Height 50 cm, width 62 cm, depth 38.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Wood and Brass Box, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in San Diego, CA
Wood and brass box by Gabriella Crespi. Signed, Italy, 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

60's 70's Early Modernist SilverPlated Cigarette Box by Gabriella Crespi, Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in London, GB
a rare early modernist silver plated cigarette box by Gabriella Crespi, Engraved Signature, circa 1960's to 1970's
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi Rare Signed Bamboo and Brass Box, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Gabriella Crespi rare large hinged box from the Rising Sun Series with lacquered bamboo strips framed in polished brass sides, and cherrywood interior, Italy, 1970s.  Impressed with ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Vase 1955 Brass Bamboo Signed Crespi Gabriella, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milano, IT
Gabriella Crespi vase 1955 brass bamboo signed Gabriella Crespi Italy, measures: Heights 40 cm and 29 cm.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Pair of Pitchers, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
A superb pair of Gabriella Crespi 1970s pitchers. Both pieces are signed.
Category

1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi, Very Large "Fungo" Table Lamp, Brass, Acrylic, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very large "Fungo" table lamp. Designed and produced by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1970s. In cast brass and acrylic. Features double signatures, one to lampshade and one to the bas...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box Italian, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Gabriella Crespi brass pill cigarette card box Italian, 1970s Measures: 4.4 inches wide on each side 0.3 inches deep Born in 1922, Gabriella Crespi studies architecture at the...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Signed Burl Wood and Brass Cigar, Jewellery Box
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in London, GB
A Gabriella Crespi solid burl wood and brass hinged cigar, jewellery box with brass surround, signed on the back "Gabriella Crespi"  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Brass and Cork Decorative Box by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1970, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Girona, Spain
Brass and cork decorative box by Gabriella Crespi Brass and cork. Signed circa 1970, Italy Very good vintage condition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Bamboo Brass Fungo Table Lamp Rising Sun Series, 1973, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vienna, AT
A vintage bamboo brass Fungo table lamp, which was designed by Gabriella Crespi, 1973, Italy. Important design! This beautiful and rare table lamp Fungo from the Rising Sun Series ...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Gabriella Crespi Box / Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Rare signed piece by Gabriella Crespi.
Category

1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi Wood and Brass Parrot Box, Italy 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' box. Wood and brass. Signed Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Table Lamp in Brass and Glass and Fabric Lampshade
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Table Lamp model designed by the great artist Gabriella Crespi in '70s. The lamp has a Brass structure, the lamp is decorated with a wonderful glass egg and the diffuser is in Fabric...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Signed Gabriella Crespi Desk Accessories
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Signed Gabriella Crespi desk accessories, brass and acrylic.
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1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Acrylic

Ashtray Shell Shaped in Wood and Brass by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful wooden ashtray designed by Gabriella Crespi in the 50's. The ashtray has a round brass base, which supports the central body in hollowed wood in the shape of a shell. Thi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Pheasant Sculpture, Italy, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Naples, IT
Rare pheasant sculpture signed Gabriella Crespi with a murano glass egg, made in Italy, in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Silver Plate

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box in Brass and Plexiglass '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Decorative box designed in '70 by Gabriella Crespi. The box is in plexiglass and brass, on the brass is present the signature of the author. Good condition, patina of time. Perfect ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi, Paire of Candle Spikes, Italy, circa 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Gabriella Crespi, Paire of Candle Spikes, Gilt bronze and shells, Italy, circa 1970. Measures: Width 36 cm, Depth 25 cm, Height 34 cm.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Bronze

Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
Caleidoscopio floor lamp by Gabriella Crespi. Italy, circa 1970 Signed and numbered exemplar. Example provided with certificate of authenticity released by Archivio Gabriella Crespi....
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Metal Letter Opener in Shape of Seahorse '70s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Very peculiar letter opener designed by Gabriella Crespi in '70s. The letter opener has a very beautiful handle in shape of seahorse, the object is in metal. There is the signature o...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi Golden Gold-Plated Wine Cups
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Gorgeous detailed gold-plated bronze wine cup sculptures by Gabriella Crespi from the 1970s. Signed on the bottom. This piece is in excellent condition.  
Category

1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Gold Plate

Gabriella Crespi's Set of Silvered Brass and Glass Goblets
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Gabriella Crespi Beautiful set of six silvered brass and glass goblets The items are signed on base. Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Gabriella Crespi furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gabriella Crespi collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 73 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Gabriella Crespi's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fulvio Bianconi, Bruno Gambone and Sergio Asti. Prices for Gabriella Crespi furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $799 and tops out at $180,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,690 on average.

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