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

    Domus, no. 141, September 1939, n.p. for a similar example
    Laura Falconi, Fontana Arte: Una Storia Trasparente, Milan, 1998, p. 210, fig. 84 for a similar example
    Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. I 1928-1939, Cologne, 2006, p. 530 for a similar example
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interior, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 240 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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Illuminated cocktail cabinet

ca. 1940
Cerused oak, painted oak, brass, glass.
64 x 37 5/8 x 18 in. (162.6 x 95.6 x 45.7 cm)
Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Italy. Reverse of cabinet and stand impressed with “FX.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 24,000 


14 December 2011
New York