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  • Literature

    "'Proposte per la casa' alla XI Triennale," Domus, no. 337, December 1957, pp. 33, 35
    "La nuova sede dell'Alitalia a New York," Domus, no. 354, May 1959, pp. 7, 9, 11
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 248
    Alberto Bassi, Italian Lighting Design 1945-2000, Milan, 2004, p. 83
    Anty Pansera et. al., Arredoluce: Catalogo ragionato 1943-1987, Milan, 2018, pp. 58, 187, 312

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model wall light was exhibited at the XI Milan Triennale, 1957.

    The present lot has been registered in the Arredoluce Archives, Italy, as numbers 8199218 and 7965763.

  • 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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Pair of wall lights, model no. 12661

circa 1957
Patinated brass, painted brass, painted steel.
Each: 12 1/4 x 16 x 5 1/4 in. (31.1 x 40.6 x 13.3 cm)
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Reverse of one with manufacturer's label printed, AL/MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $20,000

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New York Auction 6 June 2018