Gio Ponti - ITALIA Theme Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Italy

  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 367; Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920–1976, Milan, 2004, pp. 54–55 and 84

  • 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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Reclining armchair with ottoman, from the Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento

Rosewood, fabric, metal. 
Chair: 100 cm (39 3/8 in) high; ottoman: 41.5 x 47 x 42.5 cm (16 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 16 3/4 in)
Underside of seat impressed with ‘NORSK/PAT NR/96981’ (2)

£1,800 - 2,400 

Sold for £2,750

ITALIA Theme Sale

30 June 2010