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

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  • Provenance

    Lost City Arts, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    "Across the Seas Collaboration for the New Singer Collection," Interiors, December 1951, p. 126 for the cabinet, p. 128 for the wall shelf
    "Modern by Singer," Domus, no. 267, February 1952, p. 51

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection, New York


Cabinet with bookcase

circa 1951
Walnut-veneered wood, painted wood, glass, brass.
78 1/2 x 78 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (199.4 x 199.4 x 45.1 cm)
Produced by Singer & Sons, New York, for the "Modern by Singer" furniture line. Likely executed by Giordano Chiesa, Milan, Italy. Underside of three drawers ink-stamped MADE IN ITALY. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $31,250

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New York Auction 6 June 2018