Gio Ponti - Design New York Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fasan restaurant, Lissone
    Acquired from the above
    Sotheby's, Milan, "Design Edit Milan," June 27, 2022, lot 34
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, Cambridge, 1990, p. 170
    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano degli Anni '40 e '50, Bari, 1992, p. 41
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 279

  • 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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Set of eight side chairs, model no. 676

circa 1954
Walnut, brass, fabric upholstery.
Each: 33 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (84.5 x 48.9 x 52.1 cm)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Reverse of five chairs with manufacturer’s brass label printed FIGLI DI AMEDEO CASSINA/TEL 72 38 MEDA (MILANO). Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $30,480

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New York Auction 5 December 2023