Gio Ponti - Design Evening New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Como

  • Literature

    "Arredate semplicemente la vostra casa, con gusto, con economia, con freschezza," Stile, no. 4, April 1941, p. 37 for a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips would like to thank Brian Kish for his assistance cataloguing the present lot.

  • 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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Rare bookcase

circa 1941
Maple, brass.
71 x 77 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (180.3 x 196.9 x 40 cm)
Likely produced by Casa e Giardino, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $52,500

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Cordelia Lembo
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Design Evening

New York Auction 12 December 2017