Lot 279

Rare Gaetano Pesce TALL Vase / Vessel

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Gaetano Pesce (Italian, 1939-2024); Meritalia (Italy)
Marking(s); notes: Meritalia label
Materials: sculpted resin
Dimensions (H, W, D): 21.5"h, 6.5"dia
Additional Information: Provenance: PDA Gallery, Naples, Florida. "The collection was ready and it was proposed during 2008’s Salone del Mobile. But after a while, some incomprehensions were generated with the new Fish managers who determined the end of my cooperation with them and with what I created; this matter took juridical form in November 2010 with my final outgoing from the company. For obvious reasons and because of new ideas frying in my mind, during the following months I put together a new collection which I offered to Vanna and Giulio Meroni’s care and to the great quality and expertise of their cooperators: a series of new objects, ranging in different categories, with the addition of a group of table, floor and wall lamps. We decided the new venture would have taken the name of Le Edizioni del Pesce. At this point you already understood that these form a new branch of the well-known and esteemed Meritalia, whose resources market knowledge and technical ability are a warranty of success for this new production. I must say at last that, after the long years of my cooperation with Meritalia, I am certain I’m working with people of whom I know ethical qualities and productive curiosities and this is for me a promise of success for what we are making and will make in the future." - Gaetano Pesce, New York, 10.2011 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/939590857?share=copy


“We have been collectors for 20 years. We are so privileged to be at a point in life where we can share and indulge our passion for design through PDA Gallery. The narratives surrounding Italian radical, postmodernism and avant-garde design were so fascinating. As the years have gone on, we have focused almost exclusively on Sottsass, Pesce, and other Italian masters. Finding and riding the line between art and design is what really excites us. We collect what we love but we have a few rules. Every piece must be out of production, unique or extremely early. Most importantly, every piece must invoke emotion on sight. At the end of the day I think we
love extremes. We love the austerity of early modernism, the grandeur of French and Italian Art Deco, and the fun and experimentation in Italian radical design. The mix is everything.

Oh Gaetano! The last of the Italian masters. The world is so fortunate to have rediscovered him in recent years. What an incredible time to be embracing imperfect design in a deeply troubled world. His recent popularity - to us anyway - is a collective need to find beauty in chaos, beauty in imperfection, to try to make sense of it all or to just embrace the incoherence. He gave a new lens through which to view the world and for that we are eternally grateful.” – Kelly and Mike Mahigel, Owners of PDA Gallery, Naples, Florida.


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