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

    “Oceania” ocean liner, Italy

  • Exhibited

    One dining chair from the present lot was exhibited in “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Triennale, Milan, May 6–July 24, 2011

  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan, 2002, p. 90Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: II Progetto Degli Interni Navali, 1948-1953, Milan, 2007, pp. 120-121 and 126-129Ugo La Pietra, ed, Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 224-25, figs. 463-65Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 51 fig. 80 and p. 105, fig. 161Daria Guarnati, ed., “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Aria D’Italia VIII, Milan, 2011, pp. 75 and 82

  • 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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Set of ten “Africa” dining chairs, from the first class dining room of the “Oceania” ocean liner,

ca. 1951
Stained ash, fabric, brass
Each: 33 1/8 in. (84 cm) high
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (10).

$20,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $62,500


14 December 2011
New York