Gio Ponti - Design New York Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Liberty's, London; Private Collection, London

  • Exhibited

    "Gio Ponti," Ferdinand Ludquist Company, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1955; Galleria del Sole, Milan, 1956; Liberty's, London, 1957

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 177; Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 197, fig. 416; Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920-1976, Rome, 2007, p. 177

  • 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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Important chest of drawers

ca. 1955
Painted wood, mahogany-veneered wood, rosewood-veneered wood, elm-veneered wood, walnut-veneered wood, oak, brass.
35 1/4 x 72 7/8 x 20 3/4 in. (89.5 x 185.1 x 52.7 cm.)
Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy and designed for Gio Ponti’s exhibition staged by the Ferdinand Lundquist company in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Ponti Archives.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $92,500


17 Dec 2008 2pm
New York