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  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), no. 128, August 1938, pp. 16-18 for similar examples
    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il mobile déco italiano, Bari, 1988, p. 220, fig. 35
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 112 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    A similar example of the present lot was exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Paris, 1937.

  • 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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Early cabinet

circa 1937
Walnut-veneered wood, walnut, mirrored glass, coloured glass, glass, brass.
149 x 159.6 x 40 cm (58 5/8 x 62 7/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £22,500

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