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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Domus, no. 317, April 1956, n.p.; no. 318, May 1956, n.p.
    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni '40 e '50, Bari, 2010, p. 151

  • 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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172

Pair of wingback armchairs, designed for the Hotel Royal, Naples

fabric, ebonised wood
each 100.5 x 71.5 x 78.5 cm. (39 5/8 x 28 1/8 x 30 7/8 in.)
Produced circa 1956. Manufactured by Dassi, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
HK$70,000 - 90,000 
€7,600-9,800
$9,000-11,500

Sold for HK$176,400

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 4 December 2020