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

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  • Provenance

    Palazzo Gallini, Voghera, Italy

  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, exh., cat, Design Museum, London, 2002, p. 82 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 372, figs. 768 and 770

  • 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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Pair of wall lights, from the Palazzo Gallini, Voghera

circa 1956
Anodised aluminum.
Each: 37 x 48 x 10.5 cm (14 5/8 x 18 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Manufactured by Candle, Italy. Reverse each with paper label ‘11058/Gio Ponti Archives’. Together with a certificate of Authenticity
from the Gio Ponti Archives (2).

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £5,000


26 April 2012