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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay

    Marble tabletop with few light scratches and one minor area of restoration fill. Walnut frame repolished with scuffs, scratches, indentations, minute areas of material loss and minor areas of restoration and fill. Brass sabots with surface wear, scratches and areas of oxidation.

  • 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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Dining table

1940s
Verde malachite marble, walnut-veneered wood, walnut, brass.
80 x 195.5 x 90.5 cm (31 1/2 x 76 7/8 x 35 5/8 in.)
Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £40,320

Contact Specialist

Madalena Horta E Costa
Head of Sale, Associate Specialist
+44 20 7318 4019
[email protected]

 

Design

London Auction 12 November 2020