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Cesare Lacca Midcentury Beech and Brass Italian Serving Bar Cart Italy, 1950s

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Amazing midcentury Italian beechwood bar cart with brass finishes. This trolley was designed by Cesare Lacca in Italy during the 1950s. This wonderful piece has two shelves, with a solid beech frame with its original crystal shelves. The top shelf has a separate compartment for a 3 bottle holder. A brass handle with carved wooden grips completes the piece. The four wheels have brass covers. A wonderful trolley bar trolley that will add charm and elegance to your bar as the item is presented in its original vintage condition. For a cheaper and safer shipment, the cart could be shipped disassembled. Please do ask for it when requesting a shipping quote. Born in Naples in 1929, Italian architect-designer Cesare Lacca created modernist furniture and metal objects throughout the 1950s. Although the details of his personal life and professional training remain lost in history, there are enough surviving primary sources documenting his many elegant brass designs for which he is best known and which garner high prices from collectors. Like many Italian designers in the 20th century, Lacca moved to Milan after World War II to kickstart his career. Even before he was 21, his work was selected by a group of American curators to be included in the historic Italy at Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today exhibition which visited 12 US museums between 1950 and 1953, the first major Italian design exhibition. outside Italy. The exhibition presented the best and brightest Italian designers who have embraced modernist principles and rejuvenated traditional Italian craftsmanship, such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini and Gio Ponti In the exhibition catalog, curator Meyric R. Roger highlights Lacca's expert creations in brass, underlining "the variety and quality of his creations", which "place him high among the architects-designers who lead the current [modernist] movement ". Rogers adds: "The quality of his work ... provides [s] all the necessary decorative efficacy without effort or exaggeration." Lacca has designed a large number of tea and serving trolleys in his career, which make up a large part of what is available on the vintage market today, as well as magazine racks and coffee tables. Lacca's most iconic tea trolley was produced by the Italian brand Cassina and features sculpted beech, cedar, teak or walnut with brass details, a glass top and a removable glass tray. Lacca also designed high-backed lounge chairs, which were regularly featured in Arredoluce advertisements for Angelo Lelli’s lighting. Incidentally, Lacca’s lighting designs—at least one of which was on display at the 1950 Brooklyn Museum exhibition— are difficult to source and often sell well above estimated prices at art auctions. Almost all of Lacca’s known designs were created in the 1950s, and unfortunately, we do not know how his career developed from the 1960s. Today, Cesare Lacca is appreciated for his contribution to the Italian design identity; his ability to fashion brass into the Italian postwar design conversation; and his timeless, highly sought-after serving trolleys.

Details

  • Attributed to
    Cesare Lacca (Illustrator)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.78 in. (68 cm)Width: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Depth: 33.08 in. (84 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The carriage has been professionally polished and keeping all its originality.
  • Seller Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3067323544632

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