Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Catania

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, pp. 191-92, 204

  • 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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Set of four side chairs

circa 1951
Mahogany, fabric upholstery, chromium-plated metal.
Each: 35 x 15 x 22 1/2 in. (88.9 x 38.1 x 57.2 cm)
Manufactured by Industria Salotti e Arredamenti, Bergamo, Italy. Reverse of three with metal plaque impressed PONTE S. PIETRO/Bergamo/I.S.A./ARREDAMENTI/NAVALI/ALBERGHIERI. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $9,450

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New York Auction 9 June 2021