Ceiling light, model no. 5254

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  • Exhibited

    'Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer', Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 18 October 2018-5 May 2019

  • Literature

    'Casa P. a Milano', Domus, no. 100, April 1936, p. 27
    Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogue Raisonné 1921-1986, Milan, 2000, p. 256
    Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its History, Artists and Techniques, Catalogue 1921-2007, vol. 1, Turin, 2007, The Blue Catalogue (appendix), pl. 139

  • Artist Bio

    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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Gio Ponti

Ceiling light, model no. 5254

1931-1935
Cordonato glass with gold leaf inclusions, copper.
76 cm (29 7/8 in.) drop
Produced by Venini & C., Murano, Italy.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

sold for £60,000

Contact Specialist
Antonia King
Interim Head of Sale
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Design

London Auction 17 October 2019