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Jumbo Table in Golden Calacatta by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, c. 1968

$27,000

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This pièce de résistance is considered the holy grail of 'Jumbo' cocktail tables due to the rare golden Calacatta marble which features dramatic veins in gold and grey. The 'Jumbo' table is already extremely sought after and original early production examples are extremely rare. The white, grey and gold Calacatta marble is the most sought after due to the deep gold veining - and this particular example is an original early production example with incredible provenance from circa 1968, ideal for a collector or an interior designer who has a client who wants only the best of the best. Produced by Knoll International, the 'Jumbo' cocktail table was designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965, originally for Gavina Italy. This example was produced around 1968 for Credit Suisse Bank's office in Atlanta Georgia, then held by an employee since 1990 when the bank moved locations until we acquired it this year. Also part of the Credit Suisse collection included Charles Pfister lounge chairs signed with early Knoll labels, which is available for sale, please see our other listings or contact us for more details. Perfect fit for a Postmodern or Mid-Century Modern home, this Jumbo table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International in white gold and gray Calacatta marble would also work great in a Contemporary or Transitional home or office. Also consider a splash of juxtaposition in a Traditional, Classical, French, Spanish, Mediterranean, Mixed-Style, Asian, or Minimalistic styled room. Great for a designer residential or commercial project, due to its strength and sturdiness, would be apt for a hotel, lobby lounge, restaurant, retail boutique, designer showroom or studio, executive or creative office, or public space such as a library or museum. PROVENANCE: Credit Suisse Bank, Georgia, c. 1967. MEASUREMENTS: H 14.25" x W 44.5" x D 44.5" CONDITION: Good vintage condition with light age appropriate wear. Wear includes some small minor chips to feet, light scratches and staining to the top. Overall extremely attractive early production example. Ideal 'original Knoll' collectors example with expected desirable patina and age.

Details

  • Creator
    Gae Aulenti (Designer),Knoll (Maker)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)Width: 44.5 in. (113.03 cm)Depth: 44.5 in. (113.03 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    c. 1968
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good vintage condition with light age appropriate wear. See description for greater details.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221941842

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About Gae Aulenti (Designer)

The Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti will forever be best remembered for her work with museums, in particular her 1980-86 renovation of a Beaux Arts Paris train station to create the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay. Aulenti — whose first name, short for Gaetana, is pronounced “guy” — should also be recalled for her tough intellectual spirit and for working steadily when few women found successful architectural careers in postwar Italy.

     After she graduated from the Milan Polytechic in 1954, Aulenti opened an architectural office. She also joined the staff of the progressive architectural magazine Casabella, whose editorial line was that the establishment, orthodox modernism of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus, had outlived it usefulness. When their movement for fresh approaches to architecture and design received a sympathetic hearing, Aulenti found patrons — most prominently Gianni Agnelli, of Fiat, who later employed her to renovate the Palazzo Grassi in Venice for use as an arts exhibition space.

     Commissions for showrooms and other corporate spaces brought Aulenti to furniture design. She felt that furniture should never dominate a room. Her chairs and sofas — low-slung, with rounded enameled metal frames and ample seats — and tables, particularly her 1972 marble “Jumbo” coffee table for Knoll, project solidity and sturdiness. In lighting design, however, Aulenti is bravura. Each work has a marvelous sculptural presence. Pieces such as her “Pipistrello” table lamp and “Quadrifoglio” pendant are a perfect marriage of organically-shaped glass and high-tech fixtures. Others have a futuristic elegance—and some even have a touch of personality. Aulenti’s “Pileino” and “La Ruspa” table lamps each look almost like little robots. Her lighting pieces are an artful grace note in the career of a woman who believed in strength.

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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