Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, Esempi di arredamento moderno di tutto il mondo: Tavoli, tavolini, carrelli, Milan, 1950, fig. 38
    D.B., "Across the seas collaboration for the new Singer collection," Interiors, December 1951, p. 124
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 200
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 160

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gio Ponti originally designed the present model table in 1948 for Casa Cremaschi in Milan. Ponti went on to create numerous variants of this table, including a version that he created for the American furniture manufacturer Singer & Sons, a collaboration that introduced Ponti and other Italian designers such as Carlo Mollino and Ico Parisi to American audiences.

  • 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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Coffee table, from the "Modern by Singer" series

circa 1948
Walnut, brass, glass.
15 in. (38.1 cm) high, 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Singer & Sons, New York. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $18,750

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New York Auction 29 July 2020