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  • Provenance

    Casa Ceccato, Milan; Christie’s, 20th-Century Decorative Art and Design, London, March 23, 2006, lot 5

  • Literature

    “Particolari di una Casa.” Domus 256, April 1951, illustrated p. 30; Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’Arte Si Innamora Dell’Industria, New York, 2009, pp. 342–343, 373 for a discussion of the commission; Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti:The Complete Work 1923–1978, Cambridge, MA, 1990, p. 145 for a discussion of the commission

  • 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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Dressing table and side chair, from Casa Ceccato, Milan

ca. 1950
Dressing table: rosewood-veneered wood, brass, mirrored glass, glass; chair: stained mahogany, fabric, brass.
Dressing table: 47 3/4 × 45 1/2 × 17 in. (121.3 × 115.6 × 43.2 cm.); chair: 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm.) high
Produced by cabinetmaker Giordano Chiesa, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (2).

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $47,500

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York