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

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Florence

  • Literature

    Società Ceramica Richard-Ginori: Ceramiche Moderne d'Arte, sales catalogue, Florence, 1930, p. 78

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present models were exhibited at the IV Milan Triennale, 1930.

    Phillips wishes to thank Dott.ssa Oliva Rucellai for her assistance in cataloguing the present lot.

  • 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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Two rare lidded boxes, model nos. 853 S and 848 S

circa 1930
Biscuit porcelain with gilding.
Left: 27.8 cm (10 7/8 in.) high, 19.6 cm (7 3/4 in.) diameter
Right: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.) high, 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.) diameter

Manufactured by Manifattura Richard-Ginori di Doccia, Florence, Italy. Underside of each with manufacturer's mark DOCCIA. Each box together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £10,160

Contact Specialist

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


London Auction 26 April 2023