Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design, New Haven, 2005, p. 245 for a drawing and an advertisement

  • 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

circa 1958
Forks and spoons: precious metal; knives: precious metal, stainless steel.
Largest utensil: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA and distributed by Arthur Krupp, Italy. Comprising 12 dinner forks, 12 cocktail forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 fruit knives, 12 dinner spoons, 12 dessert spoons, 1 cutting fork, 1 cheese knife, 1 snuffer, 1 cutting knife. Each knife handle marked with ‘REED BARTON/MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE’, each other handle marked with ‘Reed Barton’ and ‘STERLING’ (76).

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £20,000

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London 26 September 2013