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  • Provenance

    Dulciora offices, Milan

  • Literature

    'Across the seas collaborations for the new Singer collection', Interiors, December 1951, p. 127
    'Studio legale a Milano', Domus, no. 286, September 1953, p. 34
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 170-71, fig. 359
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 243

  • 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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Set of twelve armchairs, from the Dulciora offices, Milan

circa 1950
Stained beech, brass, vinyl.
Each: 95 x 56.5 x 57 cm (37 3/8 x 22 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.)
Manufactured by Figli di Amedeo Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £28,750

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
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Modern Masters

London Auction 26 April 2017