Marco Zanini (Italian, born 1954) for Memphis 'Baykal': An Early Glazed Ceramic Vase and Flower, designed 1982

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Lot 129
Marco Zanini (Italian, born 1954) for Memphis
'Baykal': An Early Glazed Ceramic Vase and Flower, designed 1982

£ 800 - 1,200
US$ 1,000 - 1,500
Marco Zanini (Italian, born 1954) for Memphis
'Baykal': An Early Glazed Ceramic Vase and Flower, designed 1982
the stylised flower form, glazed in blue, green, black, purple and red, as a separate element, drops into the aperture of the vase; the mauve glaze of the vase being of a satin finish, and the flower in gloss
48cm high, unmarked (2)

Footnotes

  • This item was purchased by the vendor from the 'Memphis in London' exhibition held at Liberty, London, from 15 February until 6 March 1983. The exhibition showcased for the first time in the UK the work of the Memphis group of designers. It included other works by Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, Martine Bedin, Gerard Taylor, George James Sowden, Michele de Lucci, Barbara Radice, and Andrea Branzi.

    This lot is an early handmade example that preceded the subsequent manufactured series of Zanini's designs for Memphis Milano.

    In the leaflet, 'Memphis in London', Stephen Bailey says of the Memphis-look: 'If you ask 'why?' when you look at Memphis, then you have the answer in your own question. Memphis is intended to be an affront to good taste and to 'good' design and is meant to make you question your assumptions about what good furniture should be.

    Why you are being importuned to do this now is a result of the recent history of Italian design, of the ambitions and directions of some of its leading figures and of the international malaise that affected what were hitherto regarded as essential truths in modern furniture. In fact, despite the name, Memphis is essentially Italian: It is a deliberate exercise in style.'
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Marco Zanini (Italian, born 1954) for Memphis 'Baykal': An Early Glazed Ceramic Vase and Flower, designed 1982
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