Carla Tolomeo (1941-), Italy
Totem Lulle E Pesci chair (unique), 2003.
Teal metallic fabric over green velvet.
Marks: Tolomeo (hand signed on the bottom)
Exhibited: Pisa, I Barocchi, Fondazioni Cerratelli, San Giuliano Terme, 8 July – 25 September 2006
Model illustrated: Carla Tolomeo Mai Sedersi Sugli Allori, Never rest on your laurels 1995-2004, Carla Tolomeo (Milano 2004) No. 272
H: 96 ½” x W: 15 ¾” x D: 15 ¾”
Carla Tolomeo was born near Turin in 1941, but moved with her family to Rome where she studied and attended the ateliers of some of the greatest painters. DeChirico himself noticed her talent when she was a child, and Tolomeo owes most of her vocational training to him. Her paintings have been shown in more than 90 exhibitions around the world. From 1997 onwards she ceased exhibiting her paintings and has since begun an extraordinary production of sculptures which has made her well-known the world over. Carla Tolomeo's inspiration for her chair sculptures comes from the exotic world of theatrical productions and costume design. She covers unique eccentric sculptural chair forms with luxurious fabrics, which most often give their contemporary Pop-sensibility a historical twist. Her sculptures have been exhibited at Hermès in Paris, Neiman Marcus in Dallas and many galleries around Europe and can be found in the the permanent collection of the Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Genoa, Italy. In recent months Tolomeo has worked on the permanent installations of the Hotel Meurice in Paris.
Carla Tolomeo (1941-) Italy
Panca ananassa settee (unique) 2004
Exotic variety of silk and cut silk velvets sewn and sculpted in the form of a spray of various pineapple shapes on a tufted cushion seat and upholstered legs.
Marks: Tolomeo (written on the velvet), Tolomeo script signature (brass plaque)
Exhibited: Fondazioni Cerratelli, Pisa, Italy, Summer 2006
Model illustrated and biographical information on Carla Tolomeo: Il Fogliaccio, July 7th, 2006
For further information see: Carla Tolomeo Mai Sedersi Sugli Allori, Never rest on your laurels 1995-2004, Carla Tolomeo (Milano 2004)
H: 75 ½” x W: 63” x D: 21 ½”