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Gabriella Crespi

Gabriella Crespi (ITALY, b. 1922–2017)
Gabriella Crespi (ITALY, b. 1922–2017)

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
Rising Sun
Rising Sun
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
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Gabriella Crespi Large Bamboo and Brass 'Fungo' Table Lamp
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Large and rare 'Fungo' table lamp from the Rising Sun Series with lacquered bamboo strips and polished brass details on dome shade atop elegant flared brass base in a brushed gold fi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

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

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Brass

'Scudo' Wall Lamps by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milan, IT
'Scudo' wall lamps by Gabriella Crespi. Italy, 1976. Examples provided with “Certificate of Authenticity” released by Archivio Gabriella Crespi. Brass. Measures: 38 x 19 x H 58 cm. 1...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

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

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Box, Clear Acrylic and Chrome-Plated Brass, Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Gabriella Crespi box, clear acrylic and chrome-plated brass, signed. Medium scale Minimalist oblong lidded box. Signed on the bottom chrome band with engraved signature: Grabriella C...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Chrome

Silver Plated Vase by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Fingest, 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

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Silver Plate

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

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Brass

Set of 6 Service Plate by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Set of six octagonal service plates in amber color lucide and chrome frame. Each plate is signed "Gabriella Crespi".  
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Metal

Iconic Fungo Floor Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Soho, London, GB
One of the most iconic Gabriella Crespi designs, the Fungo lamp is made in brass and acrylic. This piece is especially rare due to the presence of the artist's signature engraved bot...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi "Ostrich" Gilt Bronze and Rock Crystal Figure, Italy, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Malaga, ES
Gabriella Crespi "Ostrich" gilt bronze and rock crystal figure sculpture, Italy, 1970.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Gabriella Crespi

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Rock Crystal, Bronze

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

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Ostrich Sculpture with a Murano Glass Egg, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Baambrugge, NL
Gabriella Crespi ostrich sculpture with a Murano blown glass egg in it, made in Italy, 1970s. Signed. Measures: Height 23 cm, width 11.5 cm, depth 11 cm.
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver Plate

Center Table by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1973
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Hexagonal brass structure, the top inlaid with clear glass pieces. The table can be separated in two halves and be used as consoles. Model “Puzzle” from the Series Plurimi. "Certific...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi 'Fungo' Table Lamp in Brass and Bamboo
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gabriella Crespi, 'Fungo' table lamp, brass, bamboo, Italy, 1970s The 'Fungo' table lamp was designed by Gabriella Crespi as part of the 'Rising Sun' series. On a brass stem that ha...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Rare and Exceptional Large "Caleidoscopo" Table Lamp, 1974
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Rare and Exceptional large “Caleidoscopo” (“Kaleidoscope”) table lamp in brushed stainless steel and white plexiglass by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1974 (signed "Gabriella Crespi" on sh...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Stainless Steel

Gabriella Crespi Pair of Silver and Horn Dolphins
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Naples, IT
Pair of silver and horn dolphins by Gabriella Crespi. Tabletop dolphins in ram’s horns fitted with silver head and tail, signed, "Gabriella Crespi", Italy, circa 1970.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver

Gabriella Crespi Unique and Important "Punto '83" Table 1982
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Important "Punto '83" table in stainless steel with steel mesh tabletop with adjustable height and movable petals by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, 1982. "Punto '83" was created for Milan’...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Stainless Steel

Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining Table, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Miami Beach, FL
House of the Rising Sun collection dining table rendered in rattan and brass designed by Gabriella Crespi, signed and documented, Italy, 1970s. Provenance; private estate in Venezue...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Mirror, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Miami Beach, FL
House of the Rising Sun collection console or wall mirror rendered in rattan, brass, and mirror glass designed by Gabriella Crespi, documented, Italy, 1970s Provenance; private esta...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Pair of "Caleidoscopio" Lights by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Pair of iconic brass "Caleidoscopio" wall lights designed by Gabriella Crespi in the 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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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

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Aluminum, Brass

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Teaset Gocce D'Oro in Golden Bronze
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, IT
Teaset "Gocce d'Oro" designed by Gabriella Crespi in 1970s. The set consists of: Teapot (1 piece) cm 23 x 15 x 15, dairy (1 piece) cm 14 x 8 x 8, accessory element big (6 pieces) cm ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Bronze

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Plurimi Coffe Table Lacquered wood and Brass
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, IT
Coffee table of the series "Plurimi" designed by Gabriella Crespi in 1970s with structure in lacquered wood and brass. The table has a double top that could slide. When the table is ...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi "Fungo" Table lamp in Brass and Plexiglas - Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Beirut, LB
Gabriella Crespi "Fungo" table lamp (= Mushroom) Brass and plexiglass Italy, 1970s Signed Biography: Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) was an Italian architect and designer. She st...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

"Ellisse" Table by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, 2017
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Oval structure with two pull-out shelves, the whole structure clad in Iranian red travertine. This model was created by Crespi in 1976, this table was a special order. Signed, maker’...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Gabriella Crespi

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Travertine

"Obelisco" Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Elegant brass table lamp designed by Gabriella Crespi in 1970. The lamp comes with the Certificate of Archives Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Vintage Brass Nickel Plexiglass Table Lamp Fungo, 1970, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vienna, AT
A Gabriella Crespi vintage brass nickel-plated white plexiglass table lamp Fungo, which was designed and manufactured, 1970, Italy. Gabriella Crespi (17.2.1922-14.2 2017) was a fame...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Rising Sun Collection Rattan Chairs, Set of 8
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in East Hampton, NY
Set of eight bamboo dining chairs, each retain a metal Gabriella Crespi tag. Great original vintage condition. The design is from the Rising Sun series designed and produced in Ital...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Bamboo

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

Gabriella Crespi 1970s Silver Plate Sewing Egg Box
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Atlanta, GA
Exquisite 1970s silver plate sewing box by Italian designer Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017). Streamline egg shape opening in two with almost complete interior inserts. Monogram "LBB" en...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Metal, Silver Plate

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

Gabriella Crespi Brass Cork Vase Holder 1960 Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milano, IT
Gabriella Crespi brass cork vase holder 1960 Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

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

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Brass, Nickel

Gabriella Crespi Table Lamp in Ceramic and Golden Brass, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Naples, IT
Ceramic lamp and golden brass by Gabriella Crespi, (engraved signature). Italy, circa 1970. Measures: Base 24 x 24 cm.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Rare Pair of Gabriella Crespi "Struzzo" Lamps with Real Ostrich Egg Bodies
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in London, GB
A rare pair of Gabriella Crespi "Struzzo" lamps from her "Animali" series with real ostrich egg centres and gilt metal surrounds. Mounted on circular Lucite base and signed on the gi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Metal, 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

Gabriella Crespi Box / Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Rare signed piece by Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

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

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Brass

Iconic Gabriella Crespi Modernist Squared Ashtray, Italy, circa 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare metal ashtray also usable as a frame signed Gabriella Crespi illustrious Italian designer. The ashtray consists of a metal square and two glass plates. The two plates are scre...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gabriella Crespi

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Metal

Steel and Leather Box by Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Hudson, NY
Chic leather box with steel accents. Top slides to reveal interior. Signed.
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1960s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Leather

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.  
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Gold Plate

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

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Brass

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

Materials

Copper

Gabriella Crespi Steel and Copper Charger
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Hudson, NY
Large charger or tray is in beautiful original condition. Stamped "Gabriella Crespi Breva".
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Copper

Gabriella Crespi "Mouflon" model cachepot. Milan, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Naples, IT
Cachepot "Mouflon" model by Gabriella Crespi. Embossed silver, hand chiseled. Signed incussion under the base "Gabriella Crespi".
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver

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

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Silver Plate

Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Stunning gilded pheasant with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame, Signed
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Hudson, NY
Small, handsome brass frame from the illustrious Italian designer. Signed.
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1970s Italian Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Pot Brass Plexiglass Wood, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milano, IT
Gabriella Crespi pot brass plexiglass wood, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Brass

Gabriella Crespi Stainless Steel Photo Frame, Italy, 1960
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Milano, IT
Gabriella Crespi stainless steel photo frame, Italy, 1960.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Metal

Gabriella Crespi Ostrich Sculpture, Italy, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Munich, DE
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi ostrich sculpture with a Murano blown glass egg inside, made in Italy, 1970s.      
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Silver Plate

Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Miami, FL
Minimalist decorative Lucite and brass box by Gabriella Crespi. Signed on the brass.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern 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

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Brass

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Large Real Turtle Shell Box Silver Sculpture, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi large real turtle shell box combined with silver sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition with ageing wear on the sh...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver

Gabriella Crespi Signed Wall Appliques, Pair
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in East Hampton, NY
Rare pair of original ribbed acrylic and brass trim frame large wall sconces; These wall lights are designed by Gabriella Crespi in the 1970s, and they are signed to brass frame.
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1970s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Signed Gabriella Crespi Rattan Collapsible Tray Tables, Pair
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in East Hampton, NY
Collapsible side tables in wicker and rattan, designed by Gabriella Crespi in 1970s and sold exclusively through her boutiques. Crespi stopped designing after ten years of a successf...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Ostrich Set of Two Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi set of two ostrich birds with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and sel...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

Materials

Silver Plate