Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | Phillips

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  • The present coffee table in Casa di Fantasia, Milan, 1950s.  
    Credit: © Gio Ponti Archives.
    • Provenance

      Lucano family, Milan
      Giordano Chiesa, Milan, acquired from the above
      Thence by descent to the present owner

    • Literature

      Gio Ponti, 'Casa di fantasia', Domus, no. 270, May 1952, illustrated pp. 28, 33

    • 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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Coffee table from Casa di Fantasia, Milan

circa 1951
Burr walnut-veneered wood, glass, brass.
40.6 x 89.3 x 49 cm (15 7/8 x 35 1/8 x 19 1/4 in.)
Executed by Giordano Chiesa, Milan, Italy. Underside of glass top acid-etched PROTEX. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Full Cataloguing

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £82,550

Contact Specialist

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


London Auction 26 April 2023