Designed by Paolo Buffa and Giovanni Gariboldi, rare important rectangular mirror with carved painted and gilt wood decorations on original mirrored glass. This exquisite elegant mirror is grand in scale and comprised of applied or three-dimensional carved hand-painted and gilt wood naturalistic (such as flowers and leaves) and classical (such as trumpet, bow and arrows) motifs.
Giovanni Gariboldi became the main designer of ceramics at Richard Ginori, after Gio Ponti’s gradual departure commencing in 1931. Initially trained as an architect, he also sometimes turned to designing furniture that was in sync with the prevailing Milanese ambient and proved very successful.
In fact he was a frequent collaborator of another great Milan architect and designer, Paolo Buffa, whose furniture he was commissioned to embellish with elegant flourishes in intarsia, metal engravings, handles, and sabots. Gariboldi’s experience in fine-tuning those brilliant minutae resurfaced much later into some large scale furniture series. His designs stand out in virtue of their pictorial approach.
R. Aloi, L’ Arredamento Moderno, Milan, 1949, pp. 168, 170, 575