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Lot 329: Carved Linoleum Domenico Mortellito1906-1994 Table

Est: $2,000 USD - $3,000 USDPassed
Myers Fine ArtFebruary 09, 2014St. Petersburg, FL, US

Item Overview


A circa-1940 Domenico Mortellito (Italian-American, 1906-1994) carved lacquer linoleum "Wild Horses" table. The classic Art Deco table has all-over crazing and is in "as found" good condition. Measures 15 1/4" high, 12 7/8" wide and 33 1/2" long. There is a table of the same form in the December 1937 "Art Instruction Magazine article on Domenico Mortellito. His art career began when he was able to graduate a year early from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in 1922 and enter Pratt Institute, graduating with a historic award in 1926. He operated his own studio in New York City from 1927 to 1942, during which time he participated in the W.P.A. and T.R.A.P. public programs. The work he produced included murals for World's Fair pavilions, churches, luxury liner ships and trains, architectural decorations for public buildings, sculpture, and furniture. From 1942 to 1945, Mortellito worked in the Pentagon, both as a civilian and as a lieutenant in the Air Force. He designed exhibits, supervised graphic presentations, and designed booklets and brochures. From 1945 to 1979, he worked as a design advisor for the DuPont Company designing exhibits and the 1965 World's Fair Pavilion. He designed marketing materials and product symbols, and supervised the design department. As the chairman of the DuPont Color Council, Mortellito developed innovative printing processes. As an artist, he experimented with a wide range of potential art materials. The table is from the estate of fashion photographer Gene Fenn (1911-2001). Gene also photographed decorative screens and furniture and Mortellito at work carving for the December 1937 "Art Instruction Magazine" in-depth article or Mortellito. Gene studied photography and painting at Cooper Union in New York, and in 1930 assisted Louise Dahl-Wolfe, a rising fashion photographer for "Harper's Bazaar." In 1949, he went to Paris and studied painting under Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote and became part of the artistic milieu of the era. He knew Marcel Duchamp in New York, and in France he met Braque, Chagall, Leger, Miro, Picasso, Van Dongen and Zadkine, whom he photographed. He also came to know Man Ray in whose studio he compiled an unpublished documentary.

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20th Century Decorative Arts

Myers Fine Art
February 09, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

1600 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33704, US


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