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  • 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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Pair of sconces

ca. 1957
Metal, painted metal. Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Each with paper label “MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA” (2).
Each: 17 x 12 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (43.2 x 31.8 x 12.1 cm)

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $4,320

Saturday @ Phillips

2 June 2007, 10am & 2pm
New York