Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan, 2002, p. 123 for a similar example
    Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design, exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art, New Haven, 2005, p. 245 for a drawing and an advertisement
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 300-301 for similar examples

  • 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

circa 1958
Forks and spoons: sterling silver.
Knives: sterling silver, stainless steel.

Largest utensil: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Italy. Forks and spoons impressed, Reed & Barton/STERLING, hollow handle pieces impressed, REED & BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE. Comprising 20 dinner forks, 20 salad forks, 20 dinner knives, 20 butter knives, 20 dinner spoons, 23 dessert spoons, 6 cocktail forks, 5 serving pieces, and a bottle opener (135).

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 6 June 2018