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

    Lino Sabattini, Italy
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 262 for the example from Gio Ponti's collection
    Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan, 2002, p. 89 for the example from Gio Ponti's collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, formerly in the collection of its maker Lino Sabattini (b. 1925), is one of two examples produced. The other, which belonged to its designer Gio Ponti, and thence by descent to his daughter Lisa Ponti, is now in a private collection.

    Sabattini, a master metalsmith, began his long career at the age of fourteen in a brass workshop in Como. Inspired by Gio Ponti’s architecture and design magazine Domus—Sabattini’s “Bible”—the latter moved to Milan and established a small basement “laboratorio” where he produced objects and tableware. Ponti himself wandered in one day, and so began a long friendship punctuated by collaborations in silver and brass.

  • 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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“Diavolessa,” or "Cut-Out Thought"

27 5/8 x 24 x 4 1/4 in. (70.2 x 61 x 10.8 cm)
Produced by Sabattini, Italy. From the production of 2. Incised with 'La Diavolessa'/Gio Ponti 1978 per Lino Sabattini/Sabattini Argenteria. Together with a photo of the work signed by Lino Sabattini and a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New York Auction 15 December 2015 5pm