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  • Literature

    Loris Manna, Gio Ponti: Le Maioliche, Milan, 2000, p.31, fig. 19, p.41, fig. 31 for period images of similar examples
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920–1976, Milan, 2004, p. 47 for a similar example
    Gio Ponti, Oggetti di design 1925 – 1970, exh. cat., Galleria Babuino Novecento, Rome, 2007, pp.14–15 for similar examples
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p.28, fig. 61, p.29 fig. 64 A
    Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p.37, fig. 53, p.21, fig. 12 for similar examples

  • 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 ‘Grottesco’ lidded vase

circa 1928
Gilt and glazed porcelain.
20 in (50.8 cm) high, 6 5/8 in (16.8 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Richard-Ginori, Italy. Underside with three decals 'RICHARD-GINORI/PITTORIA/DI DOCCIA', 'RICHARD/GINORI/23=6' and 'GROTTESCO'.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York