Gio Ponti - Modern Masters London Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    'Per Singer, New York', Domus, no. 323, October 1956, p. 44
    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 234 for a similar example
    Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 172

  • Catalogue Essay

    An example of the present lot design is part of the interior of Villa Nemazee, Teheran.

  • 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 coffee table

Stained walnut, nickel-plated brass, brass, glass.
34.5 cm (13 5/8 in.) high, 100 cm (39 3/8 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Cantieri Carugati, Rovellasca, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £68,750

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Modern Masters

London Auction 26 April 2017