Gio Ponti - Design and Design Art New York Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, pp. 8-11 for similar examples of the secretaire, pp. 10-11 for drawings of similar examples of the secretaire, p. 12-13 for similar use of a broken pediment, and p. 137 for a similar example of the chair

  • 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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Rare and important secretaire and chair

ca. 1930
Secretaire: walnut root-veneered wood, walnut, satinwood, bronze, wood; chair: walnut, fabric, bentwood. Chair with paper label “Mod./358466” (2).
Secretaire: 110 x 40 x 19 5/8 in. (279.4 x 101.6 x 49.8 cm); chair: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm) high

$40,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $45,600

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York