Gio Ponti - Design New York Monday, June 10, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model is also installed in the entrance hall of the Quadri Luminosi in Palazzo Ponti, Via Spreafico Monza.

  • 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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Ceiling light

circa 1955
Polished brass, painted brass, opaque glass.
5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) drop; 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm) diameter
Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $81,250

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New York 11 June 2013 11am