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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Forlì

  • Literature

    Domus, no. 78, June 1934, p. III for a similar example
    "Una abitazione dimostrativa alla VI Triennale," Domus, no. 103, July 1936, pp. 18, 22 for a similar example
    Sergio Montefusco, Fontana Arte: repertorio 1933-1943 dalle immagini dell’epoca, Genoa, 2012, p. 35 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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Folding mirror

circa 1934
Walnut-veneered wood, nickel-plated brass, mirrored glass.
53 x 46 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (134.6 x 118.1 x 32.4 cm), fully extended
Manufactured by Luigi Fontana & C., Turin, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $17,640

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New York Auction 9 December 2020