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

    Denis Bosselet, Paris
    Audrey Friedman, New York, 1980s
    Wright, "Important Design," December 9, 2007, lot 129
    Private collection
    Wright, "Design," June 12, 2014, lot 210
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Albrecht Bangert, Italienisches Möbeldesign: Klassiker von 1945 bis 1985, Germany, 1985, illustrated p. 129, cat. no. 90
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, pp. 136-37 for a similar example exhibited at the X Milan Triennale
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 245 for the Triennale table
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 235 for the Triennale table

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot has been requested by Dr. Perri Lee Roberts for the forthcoming exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design,” Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, June 10 – September 17, 2017.

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection


Rare side table

circa 1950
Walnut, pearwood-veneered wood, painted wood, glass.
18 3/4 x 43 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (47.6 x 110.5 x 46.4 cm)
Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti archives.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $150,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016