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  • Provenance

    Dalmine S.p.A. headquarters, Via Brera, Milan

  • Literature

    “Lastre di vetro e cristallo,” Vitrum, no. 34, August 1952, pp. 10–12; Roberto Aloi, “Illuminazione D’oggi,” Esempi, Milan, 1956, p. 237

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lights are the only surviving examples from the set of four produced for the Milan headquarters of Dalmine S.p.A., a manufacturer of steel products.

  • 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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Unique and monumental pair of wall lights, from the entrance hall of the Dalmine S.p.A. headquarters, Via Brera, Milan

ca. 1948
Glass, brushed sheet steel, painted steel.
Each: 61 1/2 × 17 3/4 × 23 5/8 in. (156.2 × 45.1 × 60 cm.)
Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Italy. From the set of four. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (2).

Estimate
$28,000 - 34,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York