Gio Ponti - Design New York Friday, June 15, 2012 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Gio Ponti 1891-1979, exh. cat., Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1986, p. 146
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 301 fig. 627

  • 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

ca. 1955
Forks and spoons: sterling silver; knives: sterling silver, stainless steel.
Largest utensil (pie server): 10 3/4 in (27.3 cm) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Italy. Comprising a 7-piece setting for 12 people, plus 16 serving pieces. Each knife handle impressed with ‘REED & BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/ STERLING HANDLE’ and each other handle impressed with ‘Reed & Barton/STERLING’ (100).

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $13,750


15 June 2012
New York