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  • Provenance

    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, ‘Design’, April 24, 2008, lot 125

  • Literature

    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 185
    Alberto Bassi, Italian Lighting Design: 1945-2000, Milan, 2004, p. 83
    Ugo La Pietra,ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 329, fig. 687, p. 331. fig. 693

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA COLLECTOR

255

Wall light

1960
Brass, painted brass, painted metal.
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 4 3/8 in (40 x 40 x 11 cm)
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Italy. Reverse with manufacturer's paper label ‘MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA’.

Estimate
$10,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $20,000

Design

12 December 2012
New York