Gio Ponti - Design Day Sale London Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Fontana Arte, sales catalogue, Milan, 1968, n.p.
    'domus design', Domus, no. 483, February 1970, n.p.
    Franco Deboni, Fontana Arte: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand, Turin, 2012, figs 22, 282-83 for drawings and an image

  • 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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Property from a Private Italian Collection


'Bilia' table lamp, model no. 2474

circa 1960
Painted aluminium, opaque glass.
44 cm (17 3/8 in.) high
Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Milan, Italy. Underside with manufacturer's plastic label FONTANA ARTE/Made in Italy/220 V/mod. 2474.

£1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for £6,875

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Design Day Sale

London Auction 28 April 2016