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

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il mobile déco italiano, Bari, 1988, p. 208
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 54

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model table designed by Gio Ponti was exhibited as part of the highly acclaimed Sala de Il Labirinto at the III Monza Biennale, room 44, in 1927. According to the exhibition catalogue, Ponti presented ‘a side table for tea, a table, a bed, centrepieces and a corner piece’, which were exhibited with furniture designs by Tomaso Buzzi, Emilio Lancia, Michele Marelli, Venini glass by Napoleone Martinuzzi and a stained glass window by Pietro Chiesa. That year with Buzzi, Lancia, Marelli, Chiesa and Paolo Venini, Ponti had formed the association Il Labirinto, bringing together architects, designers and manufacturers to promote modern design for the home. Their furniture designs were characterised by elegant neoclassical inspired forms finely crafted with precious woods and metal accents as illustrated by the present occasional table with a curl-walnut hexagon shaped tabletop and saber legs with brass sabots.

  • 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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Rare occasional table

circa 1927
Curl walnut-veneered wood, brass.
65.5 x 95 x 83.3 cm (25 3/4 x 37 3/8 x 32 3/4 in.)
Executed by master cabinetmaker Angelo Magnoni, Milan, Italy. Interior of drawer with brass label with facsimile signature Gio Ponti. Underside with manufacturer's paper label printed Magnoni Angelo/EBANISTA/FABBRICA DI MOBILI/Specialita di Mobili e Chiusure per Nego/Via Paolo Frisi, 7/Milan. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£10,000 - 15,000 Ω

Sold for £41,580

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021