Pair Of Carlo Enrico Rava Consoles – ZH141


Pair of extraordinary consoles designed by Carlo Enrico Rava and made in Milan, 1940. The piece was commissioned for one Milanese family that collected Japanese art. Its detailing features gold gilt on ivory finished gesso, with a broken pediment on top, the center panels are filled with an antique Japanese print.

Creator: Carlo Enrico Rava (Designer)
Place of Origin: Italy
Date of Manufacture: 1940
Materials & Techniques: Gesso, Wood, Glass, Print, Ivory
Condition: Good Condition
Dimensions: 76 in. H 193 cm H // 34 in. d 86 cm d
Dealer Reference Number: ZH141

Dealer Location: 29 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Dealer Phone Number: 212-924-6330


Carlo Enrico Rava

Carlo Enrico Rava was born in Italy in 1903; he completed his studies in design and architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and formed the rationalist group, Gruppo 7. They believed that in beginning the Rationalist movement and using reasoning and applying methodology in the place of feeling, or sensory assumptions they could achieve a richer form of knowledge.

Throughout his career, Rava was known to express his views on the future direction of Italian design, as his own personal style went against the norm at the time. During the 1930’s, Gio Ponti criticized Rava’s designs as being excessive and reflective of his preference towards luxury, which at the time was viewed as insensitive towards to country’s economic position. Rava continued to work on designs that reflected his originality and displayed his forward thinking concepts, which have been credited for influencing post-war Italy’s modernist style.