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

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  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, pp. 300-301 and 308-309 for examples of other flatware designed by Gio Ponti

  • 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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“Diamond” flatware service

designed 1958
All forks and spoons: sterling silver; knives: sterling silver, polished steel.
Carving knife: 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA.  Each fork and spoon impressed “Reed & Barton/STERLING”: knives impressed “Reed & Barton/STERLING/MIRRORSTEEL.”  Comprising ten dinner knives, ten butter knives, ten soup spoons, ten teaspoons, ten iced tea spoons, ten dinner forks, ten salad forks, ten seafood forks, three serving spoons, two cold meat forks, two pickle forks, one cheese knife, one cake server, one carving knife, one carving fork, one olive fork, one lemon fork, one large butter knife, one jelly server, one small ladle, one sugar spoon (97).

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,500

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York