Gio Ponti - Design: Online Auction New York Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Frankie Rullo, Illinois, acquired circa 1962
    Thence by descent to the present owner, 1978

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, Cambridge, 1990, p. 184
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, pp. 64-65
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 301
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 251
    Perri Lee Roberts, Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the Twentieth-Century Aesthetics of Design, exh. cat., Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, 2017, p. 118

  • 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, Illinois


"Domus" flatware service for 10

circa 1956
Stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) long
Manufactured by Fraser's and Krupp Italiana, Milan, Italy. 56 utensils impressed DOMUS/NICRO/ITALY/FRASER'S and 6 utensils impressed KRUPP/NICRO/MILANO. Comprising 13 salad forks, 13 dinner forks, 10 dinner knives, 13 soup spoons, and 13 dinner spoons (62).

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $3,780

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