“Diamond” flatware service for 24

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    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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Gio Ponti

“Diamond” flatware service for 24

circa 1958
Sterling silver, stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, Taunton, MA. Each fork, spoon, and twelve serving utensils impressed Reed & Barton/STERLING, each hollow handle piece impressed REED & BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE. Comprising 24 dinner forks, 24 salad forks, 24 dinner knives, 24 butter knives, 24 soup spoons, 24 dessert spoons, 24 demitasse spoons, 2 cold meat forks, 1 cheese knife, 1 cake knife, 1 master butter knife, 2 pierced serving spoons, 2 serving spoons, 2 jelly servers, 1 cream ladle, 1 master sugar spoon, 1 gravy ladle, and 1 cocktail fork (183).

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$12,000 - 18,000 

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New York Auction 17 December 2019