'Diavolessa' preparatory drawing

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  • Provenance

    Lino Sabattini, Italy
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 377

  • 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

'Diavolessa' preparatory drawing

1970s
Pencil and pen on paper, glass, rubber.
74.8 x 74.8 x 2.3 cm (29 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 0 7/8 in.) including frame

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

sold for £7,500

Contact Specialist
Antonia King
Interim Head of Sale
+44 20 7901 7944
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Design

London Auction 17 October 2019