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Brass Day Bed by Borsani and Sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro , circa 1958

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Beautiful and important brass single bed or day bed circa 1958-1963 by Osvaldo Borsani and famed italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The small series of Borsani beds designed in collaboration with Pomodoro were produced in several different designs ,each in very limited numbers and all hand made by the Arredamento Borsani in Varedo, italy. This series of beds never went into serial industrial production , a fact confirmed to me by the Arredamento Borsani archives. Beginning in the late 1950s,Osvaldo Borsani collaborated with many great artists such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Agenore Fabbri, Aligi Sassu and Arnaldo Pomodoro, amongst others entrusting each to provide decorative elements to his designs. The brass headboard features a series of heavy cast solid brass interlocking geometric elements each featuring a beautiful organic three dimensional surface finish by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro creating a supremely elegant and timeless repetitive motif . The bed still retains all its original decorative brass nuts ,bolts and finials which feature the same three dimensional decorative finish as the decorative sculptural forms contained in the headboard. We have had a new bespoke mattress and bolster pillow made with a natural latex foam surface as they would have originally had which also has the benefit that latex breathes. The mattress has an opulent decorative buttoned finish . Botht the mattress and pillow have been finished in 100% wool 'PLOEGWOOL' fabric by the high quality Dutch fabric manufacturer DE PLOEG. MATTRESS DIMENSIONS : Width 100cm x length 200cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 6ft 6.74inch BOLSTER PILLOW DIMENSIONS: Width 100cm diameter 24cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 9.45inch The mattress is supported on a 20mm ( 0.75 inch ) thick plywood board ,with breathing holes, which spans across the transverse brass plated steel frame elements. When used as a day bed SEATING HEIGHT 42cm / 16.54inch CONDITION: The heavy cast sculptural headboard elements by Arnaldo Pomodoro are solid brass which has a surface varnish finish , some areas of the underlying brass surface finish has darkened areas through natural brass patination. You can polish these areas back to shiny brass and revarnish but we prefer to leave them as they are to prove their age and authenticity. The four headboard and footboard vertical posts are brass plated steel, this also has darkening of the brass finish due to natural patination, again these can be polished and revarnished but again we prefer to leave them as they are. The structural side members and transverse mattress supporting elements are made from steel which are painted a brass/gold colour and are all original, the paint finish is worn in places but again can easily be repainted with gold paint or powder coating The overall structure is very strong,rigid and very stable. Overall a nice, honest and authentic original example of a rare design. The buyer could always choose to polish and revarnish the brass elements in the future should they wish to but at this stage it is wiser to leave the frame in its original condition proving the originality of this example. PLEASE ASK FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILED CONDITION REPORT PHOTOS LITERATURE : A similar example is published in :- Roberto Aloi ;Arredamento Moderno, Modern Furnishing, Milan, 1964, p. 295

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 48.04 in. x W 42.13 in. x D 81.11 in.H 122 cm x W 107 cm x D 206 cm
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU930113835811
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