Gabriella Crespi Decorative Objects

Gabriella Crespi (Italy, b. 1922)

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 still producing furniture in her Milan studio, 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 Le Corbusier 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. Read more in Introspective magazine

Gabriella Crespi Signed Steel and Lucite Picture Frame, Italy, 1970s
Gabriella Crespi Signed Steel and Lucite Pictur...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames
Steel, Lucite
A rare a stunning table picture frames with the simplicity and elegance typical of Crespi's work.
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Silver Pelican Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Silver Pelica...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Silver Plate, Art Glass
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculpture Rhyton, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculptur...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Silver Plate
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi wild boar rhyton. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Fig Leafs Bowl Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Fig Leafs Bowl Scu...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Gold Plate
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi fig leafs bowl sculpture,  1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition with some signs of ageing but no structural damage. ...
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculptur...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Silver Plate, Art Glass
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi wild boar with Murano blown glass detail sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom pie...
Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella Crespi
Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Picture Frames
Brass
Gabriella Crespi, legendary arbiter of 1970s Italian chic, had a showroom on the Via Borgospesso in Milan which was the point of origin not only of an aesthetic but of an entire life...
Gabriela Crespi Deer Head Bowl
Gabriela Crespi Deer Head Bowl
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Metal
1970s Gabriela Crespi hammered metal with deer heads tray or bowl. Signed on the side.
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Glass, Brass
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.  
Gabriella Crespi Signed Rare 1970s Silver Plate Sewing Box Egg Shape
Gabriella Crespi Signed Rare 1970s Silver Plate...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Silver Plate
Stunning 1970s silver plate sewing box by Italian designer Gabriella Crespi. Minimalist egg shape opening in two with almost complete interior inserts. Monogram "LBB" engraved on sid...
Large Vintage Italian Sculpture by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1955
Large Vintage Italian Sculpture by Gabriella Cr...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures
Metal
Large vintage sculpture with mounted shells, the structure is in metal, design by Gabriella Crespi, signed on the base, Italy, circa 1955 Measure: 13.78in width, 22.44in height Lar...
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames
Brass
Gabriella Crespi square picture frame with alternating bands of brushed and polished brass, Italy, 1973. Signed to reverse "Gabriella Crespi-BREV". This frame comes from a private co...
Gabriella Crespi Bamboo Brass Box Hinged Signed, Italy, 1970s
Gabriella Crespi Bamboo Brass Box Hinged Signed...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes
Brass, Bamboo
Gabriella Crespi bamboo brass box hinged signed, Italy, 1970s. In good original condition with lacquered brass frame and bamboo inlaid top. Signed on the back corner edge of the box.
1970s Italian Round Bark Box with Stainless Ste...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Decorative Boxes
Round bark box with stainless steel band and cork lined interior by Gabriella Crespi. Signed on stainless steel band, Italy, 1970s.
Signed Gabriella Crespi, Box Lucite and Chromed...
Gabriella Crespi
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Chrome, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass
Your chance to own a little Gabriella Crespi! This elegant signed and polished chrome box, Italy, 1970s.
Signed Rare Gabriella Crespi "Antivento" Ashtra...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Brass, Chrome
A rare authentic " Antivento " ashtray or bowl with lid in chromed brass designed and produced by Gabriella Crespi, Milan, Italy around 1973-74. Underside of ashtray impressed with f...
Gabriella Crespi Designed Modernist Picture Frame
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames
Bronze, Shagreen
A Gabriella Crespi designed modernist picture frame. Silvered bronze and shagreen.
Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box ...
Gabriella Crespi
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Brass
Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box Italian 1970's 4.4 inches wide on each side .3 inches deep Born in 1922, Gabriella Crespi studies architecture at the Politecnic...
1970s Italian Round Bark Bowl with Brass Rim by...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Decorative Bowls
Brass, Wood
Round bark bowl with brass rim by Gabriella Crespi. Signed on brass band, Italy, 1970s.
"Photophore" Candle Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Lamps
Huge rock and Murano glass Barovier e Toso candle lamp designed by Gabriella Crespi. Brass candles support. Expertise by Archivio Gabriella Crespi.
1970s Bronze Box Signed by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Brass, Bronze
1970s large brass box with a bronze bird on the top. Signed by Gabriella Crespi Excellent condition.
1970s by Gabriella Crespi Italian Design Hollyw...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Tobacco Accessories
Metal
"Boar" Lighter Gabriella Crespi Italy, 1970s Silver metal. Perfect working order "Grabriella Crespi" signed.
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Pelican Sculp...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Bronze, Art Glass
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
Steel and Leather Box by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1960s Italian Decorative Boxes
Chic leather box with steel accents. Top slides to reveal interior. Signed.
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork Brass Ice Bucket Signed
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Barware
Brass, Glass, Cork
Wonderful and rare ice bucket or desk box designed by Gabriella Crespi in the 1970s. Very textural cork covers contrast with the polished brass ring and a glass inlay. An Ultimate...
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Plexiglass and Chr...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Chrome, Plexiglass
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi in plexiglass and old chrome box for a stylish desk. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in good vintage condition with grey patina on the chrome ...
Brass and Cork Decorative Box by Gabriella Cres...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Brass, Cork
Brass and cork decorative box by Gabriella Crespi Brass and cork. Signed circa 1970, Italy Very good vintage condition.
1970s Bronze Ostrich and Boar by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Bronze, Blown Glass
Boar and ostrich plated silver and Murano blown glass. Toso and Barovier. Signe by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1970. Italy Measure: Boar 15cm x 15cm x 11 cm Ostrich 22cm x 11cm diam...
Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Stunning gilded pheasant with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
Rare Pair of Doves Signed Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Rare pair of silver plated doves with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
Gabriella Crespi Half Moon Picture Frames Mirrors
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Picture Frames
Steel
A nice pair of brushed Steel picture frames (or mirrors) Designed by Gabriella Crespi, engraved signature Left and right. Price is for the pair
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame, Signed
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Picture Frames
Small, handsome brass frame from the illustrious Italian designer. Signed.
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' Box
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass, Wood
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' box. Wood and brass. Signed Gabriella Crespi.
Gabriella Crespi Massive Sawtooth Sculpture
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Sculptures
Sawtooth sculpture signed Gabriella Crespi on base.
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork and Brass Notebook
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian More Desk Accessories
Spectacular find. A very rare intact journal by Gabriella Crespi. Very textural cork covers contrast with the polished brass trim. All the original cork pages are present and unused....
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