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

    Giovanni Moreno, Cairo Montenotte, 1940
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    "In visita alle case," Domus, no. 113, May 1937, p. 41, fig. 5 for a similar example
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, p. 32 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 61, fig. 139 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present coffee table was gifted to Giovanni Moreno as part of a suite of furniture commissioned from Gio Ponti on the occasion of the former's wedding in 1940. The remainder of the suite included a dining table, six chairs, a buffet, and two armchairs.

  • 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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Unique tiered coffee table

circa 1940
Elm burl-veneered wood, maple, aluminum, glass.
19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm) high, 34 1/4 in. (87 cm) diameter
Executed by Fratelli Strada, Cesano Maderno, Italy. Underside with paper label printed with FS/Fratelli STRADA - Cesano Maderno/INDUSTRIA MOBILI - ARREDAMENTI and handwritten with Sig. Dott. Giovanni Moreno/Pretore/Cairo Montenotte. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $60,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016