Gio Ponti - Design Masters New York Monday, December 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, France

  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 26; Ugo La Pietra,ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 26, fig. 54; Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 20, fig. 10

  • 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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Large covered vase

ca. 1928
Gilt glazed porcelain.
25 in. (63.5 cm.) high, 4 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) diameter
Manufactured by Richard-Ginori, Italy. Underside of lid with paper label in ink “dec628e,” underside of vase painted “RICHARD/GINORI/29 = 7” and with decal with “RICHARD-GINORI/PITTORIA/DIDOCCIA.”

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $86,500

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York