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

    Private collection, London

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923–1978, London, 1990, p. 166 for similar examplesUgo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’Arte Si Innamora Dell’Industria, New York, 2009, 174, 252–253 for similar examples and pp. 178–179 for detailed photographs of similar figurinesGermano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 104, fig. 160 for a similar example

  • 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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Rare “Quadro luminoso” wall light

ca. 1950s
Brass, painted metal, painted wood, earthenware.
3 x 23 3/4 x 13 in. (7.6 x 60.3 x 33 cm)
Light manufactured by Greco, Italy. Figure manufactured by Gabbianelli, Italy. Interior of figure painted with “P.3.V.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 24,000 


14 December 2011
New York