Gio Ponti - Design London Thursday, May 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2008

  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’Arte si innamora dell’Industria, New York, 2009, p. 390

  • Catalogue Essay

    The label on the present lot indicates that it was previously part of a retail window display and not for sale.

  • 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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Large 'Ex Voto per il Diavolo' sculpture

circa 1978
Silver-plated metal.
49.2 x 46.3 x 19.3 cm (19 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.)
Executed by Lino Sabattini, Italy. Reverse impressed with facsimile signature GiòPonti. Interior with paper label printed NON IN VENDITA/PER LA VETRINA SOLO. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design
+44 20 7901 7944


London Auction 12 May 2022