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  • Provenance

    Wright, Important 20th Century Design, Chicago, May 20, 2007, lot 169

  • Literature

    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 165
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 211
    Ugo La Pietra, ed, Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 344, fig. 722

  • 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. 575

ca. 1960
Brass, tubular brass, painted metal.
Each: 15 5/8 x 16 x 4 in. (39.7 x 40.6 x 10.2 cm)
Manufactured by Lumi, Italy. Reverse of each with manufacturer’s label impressed with “LUMI” (2).

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

Design

14 December 2011
New York