Gio Ponti - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Lino Sabattini, Italy

  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi, eds., Il Design Italiano Degli Anni ’50, Milan, 1985, illustrated p. 199
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, illustrated p. 185
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, illustrated p. 307 along with a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2008 French silver manufacturer Christofle produced a limited edition of the present teapot in a slightly smaller size.

  • 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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Prototype teapot

Silver-plated metal, oak.
5 1/8 x 17 1.4 x 4 in. (13 x 46.7 x 10.2 cm)
Executed by Lino Sabattini, Italy. Side stamped SABATTINI ITALY--DESIGN GIÒ PONTI 1956. Underside stamped with manufacturer's cipher and SABATTINI/ITALY. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $70,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016