Pair of armchairs, designed for the VI Triennale, Milan

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    'Un'abitazione dimostrativa alla VI Triennale', Domus, no. 103, July 1936, pp. 15, 17, 19
    'Una collezione di poltrone', Domus, no. 129, September 1938, p. 51
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 83
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, pp. 111-12
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 102-03

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the VI Milan Triennale, 1936.

  • 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

Pair of armchairs, designed for the VI Triennale, Milan

circa 1936
Walnut, fabric.
Each: 71.5 x 68 x 73.4 cm (28 1/8 x 26 3/4 x 28 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Casa e Giardino, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£7,000 - 9,000 

sold for £10,625

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta E Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019
mhortaecosta@phillips.com

Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018