Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris

  • Literature

    Loris Manna, Gio Ponti: Le Maioliche, Milan, 2000, pp. 143, fig. 69 for a preliminary drawing of the motifs, 174-181 for similar examples from the series
    Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 19, fig. 4 for a similar example

  • 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 plate, from the ‘Venatoria’ series

circa 1923-30
Porcelain, glaze, gold leaf.
3 cm (1 1/8 in) high, 34 cm (13 3/8 in) diameter
Manufactured by Richard-Ginori, Italy. Underside with manufacturer’s decal ‘RICHARD-GINORI/MANIFATFURA DI COCCIA/ITALIE’ and painted with ‘Richard/Ginori’, ’37-8’, impressed with ‘ITALIE’.

£7,000 - 9,000 


26 April 2012