Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips wishes to thank Dott.ssa Oliva Rucellai for her assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    The present 'Ermione' design was inspired by traditional motifs from eighteenth-century Milanese majolica. Gio Ponti applied the motif to different forms in both monochrome and polychrome variations. The unique combination of the present vase's form and the application of the 'Ermione' motif across the entire surface suggests the work might have been a prova.

  • 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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Unique vase, from the ‘Ermione’ series

late 1920s-1930s
Earthenware, cobalt blue and clear glazes.
33 cm (12 7/8 in.) high
Produced by Richard-Ginori, San Cristoforo, Italy. Underside marked ERMIONE/S. CRISTOFORO/ITALIA/7.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £26,460

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021