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12 Brass Leg Chairs by Pagani Partner of Gio Ponti & Lina Bo Bardi, 1952, Arflex

$42,000Asking Price

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Amazing set of twelve restored 'Campanula' dining chairs with beautiful tapered form brass legs by Italian architect Carlo Pagani (architectural partner of both Gio Ponti and Lina Bo Bardi) for Arflex, Italy, 1952. This beautiful set includes a pair of the extremely rare 'Campanula' carver chairs i.e. the rare variant of the campanula model with armrests which traditionally were placed at the head and foot of a large dining table, the original 'campanula' carver chairs are almost never found today so this is an extremely rare opportunity to find a large and complete traditional 'campanula' dining setup. These chairs are early examples identified by their artisan crafted solid wood frames and some of the chairs still retain their original early fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels which we managed to save from the original upholstery and have sewn back onto the new fabric . We have photographic documentation of the entire restoration process Restoration details: These chairs have had their upholstery completely restored in our upholstery shop , stripping each chair right back to its bare wood frame and then applying new high quality rubber seat and backrest support webbing by the original Italian manufacturer 'Pirelli', then new latex foam has been applied throughout replacing the old, dry and crumbling original foam and finally the chairs have been finished in a new, deep cotton velvet fabric with a rich elegant matt finish. The beautiful elegant tapered form brass legs have been sympathetically and lightly hand polished and may still exhibit some small signs of user wear commensurate with originality age and use. We did not want to machine polish the legs as it can take away at lot of the original vintage appeal. Carlo Pagani worked in the offices of Gio Ponti and collaborated and partnered Gio Ponti on several important projects which were documented in the Italian design journals of the period such as the August 1940 issue of Domus. In 1940, see scan attached in the photo section, Carlo Pagani started up his own architectural practice "Studio Bo and Pagani" in Via Gesu , Milan in partnership with modernist icon Lina Bo Bardi . In 1943 Pagani and Linda Bo became joint deputy editors of the famous Domus and Quaderni di Domus design periodicals until the magazines suspension in January 1945. In 1945 Domus commissioned Carlo Pagani and Lina Bo with photographer Federico Patellani to document and evaluate the situation of the destroyed country. Lina Bo, Pagani and Bruno Zevi then established the weekly magazine A – Attualità, Architettura, Abitazione, Literature illustratng the 'campanula' chair:- 'ARFLEX 51-81', page 16, Daniele Baroni, A Lucini e C, Milan, 1981 Original 'Arflex' manufacturers catalog dated 1957 illustrates a red example of the rare 'carver' variant of the 'campanula' dining chair with armrests . Please see photo of red chair in the photos attached. 'Domus', APRIL 1954, unpaginated Repertorio 1950-1980', page 71 Gramigna, 1985, (see black and white photo with 1952 date) ”New furniture” fig 126, page 42, Hatje, 1952.

Details

  • Creator
    Carlo Pagani (Designer),Arflex (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.88 in. (83.5 cm)Width: 21.66 in. (55 cm)Depth: 22.84 in. (58 cm)Seat Height: 18.9 in. (48 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 12
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1952
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Rewoven. Refinished. Replacements made: New interior Latex and Pantera foam. Wear consistent with age and use. Please refer to the "restoration details" section of my description which detaiils the restoration process that has been undertaken on these chairs .,The new cotton velvet fabric is 'ZInc Jensen Moonbeam'.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930117613982

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    Ships From: bergen op zoom, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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