Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Wedding gift from Reed & Barton to Lisa Licitra Ponti
    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Gio Ponti 1891-1979, exh. cat., Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1986, p. 146
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 300–01 for similar 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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‘Diamond’ flatware service

circa 1955
Forks and spoons: precious metal; knives: precious metal, stainless steel.
Largest utensil (pie server): 27.2 cm (10 3/4 in) long
Manufactured by Reed Barton, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Italy. Comprising 24 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 butter knives, 12 dinner spoons, 12 dessert spoons, 1 serving fork, 1 pie server, 1 master butter knife, 3 serving spoons. Each knife handle marked with ‘REED BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE’, each other handle marked with ‘Reed Barton’ and ‘STERLING’ (90).

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £18,750

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London 25 April 2013 2pm