Gio Ponti - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    G&G Longo Arredamenti, Rome, 1950s
    Private collection, Rome

  • Literature

    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni '40 e '50, Bari, 1992, p. 148, fig. 7

  • 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 illuminated sideboard

circa 1950
Burr walnut-veneered wood, sapele-veneered wood, walnut-veneered wood, walnut, brass, glass, mirrored glass.
118.5 x 280.5 x 55.5 cm (46 5/8 x 110 3/8 x 21 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Dassi, Milan, Italy. Retailed by G&G Longo Arredamenti, Rome, Italy. Interior with metal label impressed G&G. LONGO/ARREDAMENTI/VIA Q. SELLA 7-13/VIA FLAVIA 56-64/ROMA. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for £131,250

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018