Gio Ponti - Design London Friday, June 19, 2020 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design, exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art, New Haven, 2005, p. 245
    Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas, Dominique Forest and Salvatore Licitra, eds., Gio Ponti: archi-designer, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2018, p. 136

  • 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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'Diamond' flatware service

Precious metal, stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 20.7 cm (8 1/8 in.) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, Newport, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Milan, Italy. Each fork and spoon impressed Reed & Barton/STERLING, each hollow handle piece impressed REED & BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE. Comprising 20 dinner forks, 20 salad forks, 20 dinner knives, 20 butter knives, 12 soup spoons, 20 teaspoons, 1 additional butter knife, 1 sugar spoon, 4 serving utensils (118).

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £11,875

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London Auction 19 June 2020