Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Giordano Chiesa, Milan
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The painting in the present lot was exhibited in Gio Ponti's exhibition 'Accanto alla architettura' at the Galleria del Sole, Milan, in 1955. An image of the exhibition hang is published with Lot 14, 'Angelo'.

  • 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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Property from a Milanese Estate



circa 1950
Oil on canvas laid on board, in artist's frame.
45 x 35.3 x 2 cm (17 3/4 x 13 7/8 x 0 3/4 in.)
55.5 x 45.8 x 5.5 cm (21 7/8 x 18 x 2 1/8 in.), including frame

Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£7,000 - 9,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £69,300

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design
+44 20 7901 7944
[email protected]


London Auction 2 November 2022