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Italian Custom Wall Unit Bookcase with Ladder in Walnut and Iron

Sale price$39,700.00

Library wall unit, walnut, lacquered iron, brass, leather, Italy, 1950s

Stunning custom made wall unit made in Italy in the 1950s. The bookcase highlights the makers architectural sensibility and refined taste for elegant proportions. The composition is based on four columns, each configured to accommodate various open and closed storage units. The lower level consists of four enclosed cabinets, each retaining its original lacquered colors: turquoise, sun yellow, Chinese red, and antique ivory. The upper section contains open shelves marked by fine contours and apertures along the sides. If desired, the arrangement of the compartments can be adjusted to one's own liking. The sideboard is accompanied by a ladder adorned with leather. It can either be mounted on the wall or securely attached to the elongated brass rim, facilitating access to the upper shelves with ease. The design revolves around the principle that a decoration is subordinate to the constructive element, focusing on the essential composition of geometric forms and usage of materials. The black lacquered elements not only provide structural reinforcement but also significantly shape the design, accentuating the exceptional craftsmanship evident in this wall unit. All in, the bookcase reflects the design principles of the Mid-Century era that rose to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • date of manufacture 1950s
  • dimensions Height 104.73 in. Width 143.31 in. Depth 19.69 in.
  • dimensions Height 266 cm Width 364 cm Depth 50 cm
  • material Brass Iron Leather Walnut
  • origin Italy
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50115529