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'Cesto' Fruit/Bread Bowl by Lino Sabattini



Italian for basket, this "Cesto" Sabattini piece is made of a single piece of heavy gage silver plated metal wire. The single piece is coiled in the shape of an oval bowl. Functional and beautiful, this piece is perfect as a centerpiece or a bread basket for dinner engagements.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Width: 13.75 in. (34.93 cm)Depth: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Silver Plate,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU797725564332

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    to United States 0, arrives in 3-8 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Palm Desert, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Maker

Lino Sabattini

Lino Sabattini (1925–2016) was the preeminent figure in modern Italian silver and metalware design. His expansive and diverse body of work is marked by its strength and boldness, whether in dynamic forms that suggest the thrust and power of Italian Futurist art and design or light and curvaceous biomorphic pieces. 

Sabattini was largely self-taught as a designer. Born in the northern Italian town of Correggio, he learned metal-smithing techniques while working in the studio of a maker of brass tableware. He also served as an apprentice of sorts to the expatriate German ceramist Roland Hettner, who taught Sabattini about fluidity of form and showed him how shapes derive from the behavior of materials. At age 30, Sabattini opened a studio in Milan, and his work quickly came to the attention of Giò Ponti, who decided to publish it in Domus, his influential design and architecture magazine. Ponti also arranged for Sabattini’s creations to be included in a 1956 exhibition of contemporary Italian design in Paris. The principals of Christofle, the revered French silverware maker, were so impressed that they hired the young designer as the firm’s artistic director, a post he held until 1963. Sabattini, who would also go on to design ceramic wares for Rosenthal, returned home to open Argenteria Sabattini in Bregnano, a company still in business today.

A designer with a questing curiosity and ever-evolving aesthetic sensibility, Sabattini can’t be pinned down to one particular style. His best-known work, the Como coffee and tea service of 1956, has an elegant, attenuated and energetic form; his Stairs coffee and tea service (1971), meanwhile, is a clever group of simple columnar shapes in stepped heights, which nest together in a compact arrangement. Other Sabattini pieces have dramatic angles, or sweeping, wing-like flourishes, or consist of perforated ovoids somehow reminiscent of sculptures by Brancusi. In any style, Sabattini produces objects of singular fascination.

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