Fabulous and super rare pair of 'Regolo' sofas designed by GianFranco Fini for Poltronova,Italy in 1974. Both sofa frames are signed with 'Poltronova' labels.
This pair of sofas come with fabulous provenance , they were originally owned by French actress ,Corinne Clery , best known as the Bond girl from the 'Moonraker 'movie,and were then acquired by Italian film producer Fernando Ghia (producer of the oscar nominated film 'The Mission' in 1986), when the actress left Rome. Fernando Ghia passed away in 2005 whereby the sofas were inherited by his brother Manlio Ghia. We have a hand signed letter of provenance from Manlio Ghia confirming this extremely interesting provenance which will be provided to the buyer.
Fini's 'Regolo' sofas are extremely rare and were handcrafted to order in russian pine wood by Poltronova's artisans for a very short period and therefore very few were produced and so are super rare today, to find a pair of the larger, three seat sofas, is unbelievably rare. Each sofa features integral storage space for books ,magazines and objects beneath each armrest.
The upholstery on both sofas have been completely renovated including new foam throughout and are finished in superb high quality 'Musco' mohair fabric by 'De Ploeg' which is extremely hard wearing with a 200,000 Martindale rating. We have kept original photos of the sofas with their original cushions in place ,the original foam had crumbled and slumped thereby losing their form.
The influence of Mario Ceroli's pine wood sculptures can clearly be seen in the form of Fini's 'regolo' sofas. Fini and Ceroli were close friends and co-designed a joint collaborative installation exhibited at the 1975 Venice Biennale the year after the 'regolo' sofa was designed. Fini and Ceroli also collaborated together on various scenographic projects such as the theatre set for the production 'Norma' held ar the Scala theatre in Milan in 1972.
Interestingly there is also a resemblance in structure and form to some of Donald Judds wooden furniture designs of the 1980s.
Fini had earlier worked as both an artist and architect in Rome during the early 1960s to early 1970s period. In the early to mid 1960s he was mainly working as an artist in Rome where he held one man exhibitions at several of Romes most prestigious art galleries culminating in him exhibiting his steel 'L.E.A' sculpture at the Rome Biennale in 1968, the L.E.A was almost a precursor in form to his famous 'programma' stainless steel light sculpture designed for 'new lamp' in 1970. He is best known for his series of superlative hand crafted light sculptures that he designed for the italian lighting company 'New lamp', showing influences such as the minimalist art of Max Bill and the italian 'arte programmata' and kinetic art movements of the 1960s, Fini's lamps have become some of the most valuable and sought after italian lighting of the entire mid century period . Please see IMAGE 9 which illustrates a few of Fini's other designs, the 'monade' chair , the 'Programma' light sculpture, the 'Quasar' light sculpture , the 'Interior' light sculpture and the 'Quanta' light sculpture'
During the late 1960s Fini was part of the artists collective that centred around the community of Nancy Marotta's 'Mana art Market' gallery in Rome which was one of the first ventures to promote design art before the phrase was coined. Nancy, wife of famed italian artist Gino Marotta ,promoted designs mostly hand crafted as multiples, by her close artist friends among them Lucio Fontana, Paolo Scheggi, Enrico Castellani,Getulio Alviani.Gianni Colombo,Mario Ceroli,Jannis Kounellis, David Morris Rauschenberg and of course Gino Marotta. in 1969 Fini produced a wonderful avant garde spherical dome lounge chair titled 'monade' finished in pale blue plexiglass for the 'Mana art market' gallery which featured a swivel down semi spherical plexiglass dome so the sitter could become completely enclosed within the dome, this beautiful chair even featured an integral hi fi system !
During the same period Fini also designed the interiors for several Valentino fashion boutiques in Rome(1969), Paris(1971),Munich (1972) and New York (1974).
'Domus', issue 552, November 1975, page 111, (see image 10)
'Facendo Mobili Con Poltronova', pages 58-59, Pier Carlo Santini, Poltronova, 1977
'Forme Moderne' number 1 , February 2009, pages 58-59, Juno edizioni, Rome, 2009
The pine wood frames , ie without seating cushions, measures :
86.5" wide x 39.37" x 21.65" high or 220 x 100 x 55cm high
Including the cushions the total height increases to 25.6" high or 65cm high
Measure: Seating height is 15" or 38 cm. The armrests are 16.53" or 42cm high.