A LARGE MID-CENTURY MODERN ONYX AND ABALONE INLAID RESIN COFFEE TABLE, POSSIBLY ARTURO PANI, CIRCA 1960s, the rectangular clear resin top composed of carefully arranged flat cut panels of white, brown and mustard veined onyx amidst sparkling abalone shell shards, raised on a pair of gold-painted cast stone Corinthian capitals. Height: 14 3/4 Length: 60" Depth: 30 1/4" Note: Arturo Pani (Mexican 1915-1981) an acclaimed designer from Mexico who during his early years was educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1935, Pani returned to Mexico City and was quickly snatched up and made Senior Designer by the De La Pena, Lascurain y Compania an interior design and decorating firm. Soon his talent, as well as having been born into an esteemed family, led him to the top echelon of Mexico City society and their interiors. His success was heightened by important commercial design commissions for some of the salons and lobbies of the finest hotels found in Mexico City. Over the years, Arturo Pani built a good reputation for his talented work, and his fame spread across the globe. During the 50s, 60s and 70s Acapulco became a "must go" vacation hot spot for high society and Pani designed some truly original furniture using resin and indigenous materials such as gilt wrought-iron, glass, stones, onyx, shells and abalone. His "Acapulco Look" can be found in the coffee table offered here with its' use of onyx and sparkling pieces of abalone in a resin body. Provenance: Lifelong Collection of Clocks and Antiques, Navasota, Texas.
Good condition with some light wear in areas throughout but the resin is surprisingly still fairly clear considering its' age and use. The pair of cast stone capital supports are in good shape with expected small nicks, scratches, and normal surface buildup from age and use. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS." NO REFUNDS will be issued based on condition.