Gio Ponti - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fiell Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    Exhibited: Gio Ponti: Arte Applicata, Centro Internazionale di Brera, Milan, 1982

  • Literature

    Cornelio Brandini, Gio Ponti: Arte Applicata, exh. cat., Centro Internazionale di Brera, Milan, 1987, illustrated p. 18, fig. 106; Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 201, fig. 432

  • 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 RAI Headquarters, Milan, Italy

ca. 1939
Walnut root-veneered wood, glass, brass.
16 in. (40.6 cm) high, 28 5/8 in. (72.7 cm) diameter
Produced by Giordano Chiesa, Italy.  Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $46,600

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York