Gio Ponti - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    The present side chair is identical to those designed for Casa Ceccato in Milan in 1950. The structure of the table is similar to others found in the Vedani Offices in 1950, while the brass crossbars and sabots are identical to a Ponti table at the Italian Institute of Culture in Stockholm, designed in 1954.

  • 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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Table and side chair

circa 1950
Table: stained wood, etched glass, brass.
Chair: stained wood, fabric, brass.

Table: 30 x 64 1/4 x 30 in. (76.2 x 163.2 x 76.2 cm)
Chair: 34 x 16 1/4 x 18 in. (86.4 x 41.3 x 45.7 cm)

Glass produced by Fontana Arte, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $25,000

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Cordelia Lembo
Specialist, Head of Sale
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New York Auction 12 December 2017