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  • Provenance

    Montecatini S.A. offices, Milan
    Galleria Cristiani, Turin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Un palazzo del lavoro', Domus, no. 135, March 1939, pp. 36-37 for a similar example
    'L'alluminio entra in casa', Domus, no. 231, December 1948, p. 41 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 85, fig. 191, p. 195, fig. 412 for similar examples
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 118 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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Swivel chair, model no. 1938, designed for the Montecatini S.A. offices, Milan

Painted aluminium, painted steel, steel, vinyl.
74 x 47.5 x 45.5 cm (29 1/8 x 18 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.)
Underside of seat embossed MONTECATINI S.A./MODELLO 1938.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £3,000

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018