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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Modena

  • Exhibited

    ‘Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer’, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 18 October 2018-5 May 2019

  • Literature

    ''Proposte per la casa' alla XI Triennale', Domus, no. 337, December 1957, p. 34
    Pier Carlo Santini, Gli anni del Design Italiano, Ritratto di Cesare Cassina, Milan, 1981, p. 109
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 181
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 239, 286-87
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 249
    Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas, Dominique Forest and Salvatore Licitra, eds., Gio Ponti: archi-designer, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2018, pp. 152, 229

  • 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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Prototype demountable 'Round' easy chair, model no. 852

circa 1954
Vinyl, ash-veneered plywood, chromium-plated brass, chromium-plated steel.
73 x 60.5 x 74.3 cm (28 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 29 1/4 in.)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £60,000

Contact Specialist

Madalena Horta E Costa
Head of Sale, Associate Specialist
+44 20 7318 4019
[email protected]

Design

London Auction 19 June 2020