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  • A drawing of a similar model armchair published in Domus, no. 12, 1928.
    © Archivio Domus – Editoriale Domus S.p.A.


    • Provenance

      Private collection, Milan

    • Literature

      Domus, no. 12, 1928, p. 87 for a similar example
      Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 44 for a similar example

    • 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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Early armchair

circa 1928
Cherry, rush.
109.7 x 74.8 x 87.7 cm (43 1/4 x 29 1/2 x 34 1/2 in.)
Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Full Cataloguing

£6,000 - 8,000 

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design
+44 20 7901 7944


London Auction 26 April 2023