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

    “Rich Ticket Office,” Forum, March 1959, p. 119
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work, 1923-1978, Cambridge, 1990, pp. 178 and 217
    Alberto Bassi, “Arredoluce: Quando Milano era la luce: Sottsass, Vigo, Castiglioni, Ponti,” Casabella, September 2002, p. 83
    Michele Porcu and Attilio Stocchi, Gio Ponti: tre ville inventate: Planchart, Arreaza, Nemazee, Milan, 2003, pp. 97-98
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 248
    Gio Ponti, Oggetti di design 1925-1970, exh. cat., Galleria Babuino Novecento, Rome, 2007, p. 67
    Bernd Polster, Claudia Neumann and Markus Schüler, et al., AZ Design, Milan, 2008, p. 404, fig. 5

  • 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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Pair of wall lights, model no. 12661

ca. 1957
Painted metal, brass.
Each:12 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 5 in. (31.8 x 40 x 12.7 cm)
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Italy. Reverse of each with paper label with “MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA” and with paper label with “Gio Ponti Archives/09001/131.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (2).

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $28,750


14 December 2011
New York