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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Ferrara
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Alcuni negozi moderni in Italia', Domus, no. 80 , August 1934, p. 40, figs. 1-2 for a larger example
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 49 for a larger example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 70, fig. 166
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, pp. 64-65 for a larger example

  • 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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Property from a Private Italian Collection

20

Early ceiling light

circa 1931
Chromium-plated metal, opaque glass.
50 cm (19 5/8 in.) high, 50 cm (19 5/8 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Luigi Fontana & C., Milan, Italy.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £22,500

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

Modern Masters: Design Evening Sale

London Auction 27 April 2016