The double doors of this truly funky piece of 1960s furniture conceal an illuminated mirrored bar. The column and base are made of wood coated with a lacquer resin whilst the cabinet is coated with malachite-dyed goatskin, finished off with a transparent lacquer coating. Ornamental hinges and prominent doorknockers round of this eccentric conversation piece. The electrification is working and the key is in place.
Aldo Tura (1909-1963) was an Italian furniture designer best known for his mid-century tables and lamps. Combining his interest in Art Deco and Art Nouveau with low-slung minimalist design of the 1940s and 50s, he often utilized unusual materials like parchment, egg shell, and goatskin, frequently employing wheels and casters in his designs. Born in 1909, Tura began manufacturing his signature furniture in the 1930s, focusing on limited production of handcrafted designs produced within the confines of traditional craftsmanship.
Dimensions: 157 cm height, 80 cm width and 41 cm depth
Condition: besides one crack and hairline to the back of the column very good condition with usual signs of age and wear
Provenance: Austrian private collection
Auction result comparison: DAVID RAGO, 3 MARCH 2013, Lambertville, lot 859 (for a similar illuminated bar cabinet by Aldo Tura)