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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Liguria, Italy, 1958-1959
    Thence by descent
    Private collection, Milan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Mostra a Villa Olmo', Domus, no. 335, October 1957, p. 43
    Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni '40 e '50, Bari, 1992, p. 62, fig. 43
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 238, fig. 501
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 186

  • 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 'Mariposa' armchair, model no. 851, from a private villa, Liguria

circa 1958
Stained walnut, vinyl.
96.5 x 81.5 x 82.5 cm (37 7/8 x 32 1/8 x 32 1/2 in.)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £31,250

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Modern Masters: Design Evening Sale

London Auction 27 April 2016