Wall-mounted chest of drawers, designed for the Hotel Royal, Naples

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  • Provenance

    Hotel Royal, Naples
    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Gio Ponti, oggetti di design 1925-1970, exh. cat., Galleria Babuino Novecento, Rome, 2007, pp. 33, 78
    Fabrizio Mautone, Gio Ponti e la committenza Fernandes, Naples, 2009, p. 35, fig. 18, for the hotel floor plan, p. 38, figs. 21, 22

  • 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

Wall-mounted chest of drawers, designed for the Hotel Royal, Naples

1953
Mahogany, mahogany-veneered wood, brass.
79.5 x 100.3 x 47 cm (31 1/4 x 39 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Manufactured by Dassi, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 

sold for £65,000

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

Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018