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

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  • Literature

    "Nice Weather for Parties," Vogue, April 15, 1958, pp. 118-19
    Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design, exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 2005, p. 245 for a drawing and an advertisement
    William P. Hood and Jewel Stern, "The Diamond Pattern by Reed & Barton," Silver Magazine, May/June 2007, pp. 14-18, 20-22

  • 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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“Diamond” flatware service for 24

circa 1958
Sterling silver, stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, Newport, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Milan, Italy. Each fork and spoon 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 teaspoons, 12 additional teaspoons, 2 serving spoons, 1 slotted serving spoon, 1 cold meat fork, 1 ladle, 1 cake knife, 1 baby fork, 1 baby spoon, 1 jelly server, 1 cocktail fork (166).

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $40,320

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New York Auction 9 December 2020