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  • Provenance

    Phillips, New York, "Design," December 15, 2015, lot 220
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Eugenio Gentili, "Il mobile pieghevole," Domus, no. 207, March 1946, p. 28

  • 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 an Important French Collection

14

Cabinet with integrated folding table and benches

circa 1944
Ash, ash-veneered wood.
Closed: 75 x 59 7/8 x 15 3/4 in. (190.5 x 152.1 x 40 cm)
Fully extended: 75 x 59 7/8 x 57 in. (190.5 x 152.1 x 144.8 cm)

Produced by Casa e Giardino, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $13,860

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Design

New York Auction 9 June 2021