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

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Chicago

  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, Esempi di arredamento moderno di tutto il mondo: Tavoli, tavolini, carrelli, Milan, 1950, fig. 38
    D.B., "Across the seas collaboration for the new Singer collection," Interiors, December 1951, p. 124
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 200
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 160

  • 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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Coffee table, from the "Modern by Singer" series

circa 1948
Walnut, brass, glass.
14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) high, 39 in. (99.1 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Singer & Sons, New York. Underside of table ink-stamped MADE IN ITALY and glass tabletop acid-etched TEMPERATO/RAGAZZI. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$25,000 - 35,000 

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New York Auction 9 December 2020