Gio Ponti - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hotel Baita dei Pini, Bormio, Italy, circa 1965

  • Literature

    Arredoluce, sales catalogue, Monza, 1960s, n.p.
    "Le produzioni protagoniste del nuovo albergo Parco dei Principi di Roma," Domus, no. 425, April 1965, pp. 52, 66, 73 for the larger example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 372, fig. 773

  • 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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Pair of chandeliers

circa 1965
Opaque glass, brass.
Each: 38 in. (96.5 cm) drop, 67 1/4 in. (170.8 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $125,000

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Design Masters

New York Auction 15 December 2015 5pm