Gio Ponti - Design New York Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Augustus transatlantic ocean liner, Italy, 1950
    Peter Knego, California
    Acquired from the above, 2012

  • Literature

    Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: Le navi, Il progetto degli interni navali 1948-1953, Viareggio, 2007, p. 33, fig. 41

  • 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 of a West Coast Collector


Pair of armchairs, from the First Class Ballroom of the Augustus transatlantic ocean liner

Fabric, painted wood.
Each: 28 1/2 x 26 x 27 3/4 in. (72.4 x 66 x 70.5 cm)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $47,500

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New York Auction 15 December 2015 1pm