Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi, eds., Il Design Italiano Degli Anni ’50, Milan, 1985, pp. 234-235 for examples of other flatware designed by Gio Ponti; Ugo La Pietra, ed. Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 300-301 and 308-309 for examples of other flatware designed by Gio Ponti

  • 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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“Diamond” flatware service for twelve

designed 1958
Forks and spoons: sterling silver; knives: sterling silver, polished stainless steel.
Dinner knife: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA. Each fork and spoon impressed with “Reed & Barton/STERLING;” knives impressed with “REED & BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE.” Comprising 12 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 butter knives, 12 soup spoons, 12 teaspoons, olive fork, serving fork, serving spoon, two salad servers, soup ladle, sauce ladle, cheese knife, fish knife, cake server, candle snuffer, jam spoon, sugar spoon, and salt spoon (86).

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $16,250


25 May 2011
New York