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  • Provenance

    Fondazione Livio e Maria Garzanti, Forlì

  • Literature

    Franco Bertoni, Gio Ponti: ‘Idee’ d'arte e di architettura a Imola e in Romagna, Imola, 2012, p. 196

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aldo Garzanti commissioned Gio Ponti to design the building and interiors for the Fondazione Livio e Maria Garzanti in Forlì in the 1950s. Garzanti was an Italian publisher and businessman who later devoted himself to philanthropy, setting up the foundation to support artists.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Desk, designed for the Fondazione Livio e Maria Garzanti, Forlì

1953-1957
laminated plywood, stained beech-veneered wood, stained beech, brass
79.5 x 149.5 x 59.7 cm (31 1/4 x 58 7/8 x 23 1/2 in.)
Manufactured by ISA, Bergamo, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives. Produced 1953-1957.

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 100,000 
€8,800-11,300
$10,000-12,800

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018