Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Phillips
  • Exhibited

    Table Normal “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Triennale, Milan, May 6–July 24, 2011

  • Literature

    Loris Manna, Gio Ponti: Le Maioliche, Milan, 2000, p. 39

  • 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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Monumental “Gran Rosso” vase

ca. 1929
Glazed ceramic.
20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm) high, 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) diameter
Produced by Richard-Ginori, Italy. Underside with remnant of paper label with “Richard / Ginori / 1277” and painted with “MADE IN ITALY.”

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $9,375


14 December 2011
New York