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  • Literature

    Stile, February 1947, for an article on the papier-mâché series; Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 46 and p. 136 for similar ceramic examples; Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, pp. 103, 151, and 165 for similar ceramic examples; Ugo La Pietra, ed. Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 77, fig. 182, 170, fig. 358, 172, fig. 360 for similar ceramic examples

  • 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 wall mounted sculpture

c. 1946
Painted papier-mâché.
15 x 26.5 x 9 cm. (5 7/8 x 10 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Manufactured by Dal Monte, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £7,500

Design

7 April 2011
London