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  • Provenance

    Giovanni Rovella, Catania

  • Literature

    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 112 for a similar example

  • 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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Cabinet

circa 1937
Beech-veneered wood, beech, birch, painted wood.
37 1/2 x 55 x 20 1/2 in. (95.3 x 139.7 x 52.1 cm)
Interior of cabinet with paper label inscribed in pencil Dr. Giovanni Rovella/Viale Reg. Margherita/14 and other faded text; reverse of cabinet with remnants of paper label. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $63,000

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Design

New York Auction 9 December 2020