Set of twelve dining chairs, designed for the 'Augustus' transatlantic ocean liner

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  • Provenance

    'Augustus' transatlantic ocean liner, Italy, 1950

  • Literature

    Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: II Progetto Degli Interni Navali, 1948-1953, Milan, 2007, pp. 120-21, 126-29 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed, Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 224-25, figs. 463-65 for a similar example
    Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 51, fig. 80, p. 105, fig. 161 for a similar example
    Daria Guarnati, ed., ‘Espressioni di Gio Ponti’, Aria D’Italia VIII, Milan, 2011, pp. 75, 82 for a similar example

  • Artist Bio

    Gio Ponti

    Italian • 1891 - 1979

    Among the most prolific talents to grace twentieth-century design, Gio Ponti defied categorization. Though trained as an architect, he made major contributions to the decorative arts, designing in such disparate materials as ceramics, glass, wood and metal. A gale force of interdisciplinary creativity, Ponti embraced new materials like plastic and aluminum but employed traditional materials such as marble and wood in original, unconventional ways.

    In the industrial realm, he designed buildings, cars, machinery and appliances — notably, the La Cornuta espresso machine for La Pavoni — and founded the ADI (Industrial Designer Association). Among the most special works by Gio Ponti are those that he made in collaboration with master craftsmen such as the cabinetmaker Giordano Chiesa, the illustrator Piero Fornasetti and the enamellist Paolo de Poli.

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Gio Ponti

Set of twelve dining chairs, designed for the 'Augustus' transatlantic ocean liner

Stained teak, fabric.
Each: 80 x 54 x 53 cm (31 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 20 7/8 in)
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (12).

£14,000 - 18,000 

sold for £43,750

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