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

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, Cambridge, 1990, p. 184
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, pp. 64-65
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 301
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 251
    Perri Lee Roberts, Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design, exh. cat., Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, 2017, p. 118

  • Catalogue Essay

    Pieces from this dining service belong to the permanent collection of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Denver Art Museum.

  • 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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"Domus" flatware service for 16

circa 1956
Stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) long
Manufactured by Krupp Italiana, Milan, Italy. Each utensil impressed DOMUS/NICRO/ITALY/FRASER'S. Comprising 16 dinner forks, 16 salad forks, 16 dinner knives, 16 soup spoons, and 16 dinner spoons (80).

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $8,125

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New York Auction 29 July 2020