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

    Count Cantoni-Marca, Lombardy

  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, L’ Arredamento Moderno, Milan, 1934, fig. 324 for a similar example of the table
    'Il nuovo negozio di Fontana-Arte a Roma', Domus, no. 131, November 1938, p. 66 for a similar example of the table
    Laura Falconi, Fontana Arte: Una Storia Trasparente, Milan, 1998, p. 200, fig. 16, p. 202, fig. 32 for similar examples of the table
    Lucia Miodini, Gio Ponti: Gli anni Trenta, Milan, 2001, p. 103 for a drawing of a similar example of the table

  • 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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Occasional table and free-standing shelving unit, designed for Count Cantoni-Marca, Lombardy

circa 1930
Burr walnut-veneered wood, chromium-plated brass, glass.
Table: 51.8 cm (20 3/8 in.) high, 60 cm (23 5/8 in.) diameter
Shelving unit: 64.5 x 76.5 x 34.8 cm (25 3/8 x 30 1/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Glass incised SECURIT. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for £22,500

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018