Rare ceiling light

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  • Provenance

    Hotel Baita dei Pini, Bormio, Italy

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot has been registered in the Arredoluce Archives, Italy, as number 1791712.

  • 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

Rare ceiling light

circa 1965
Brass, tubular brass, opaque glass, painted aluminium.
110 x 96 x 17 cm (43 1/4 x 37 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

sold for £20,000

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Design

London Auction 27 April 2017