Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Della Rocca, Turin, "Design," April 21, 2010, lot 33
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    "Il cristallo negli uffici," Domus, no. 135, March 1939, p. 47 for a similar example
    Perri Lee Roberts, Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design, exh. cat., Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, 2017, p. 58

  • 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 Private Collection, Switzerland


Desk, from the Vetrocoke offices, Milan

circa 1939
Vitrex glass, sycamore-veneered wood, walnut, nickel-plated metal, rubber.
26 3/4 x 37 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. (67.9 x 94.9 x 41.3 cm)
Tabletop acid-etched VITREX. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $32,760

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New York Auction 9 December 2020