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

    Lucano family, Sanremo
    Finarte, Milan, 'Arti Decorative del Novecento', 29 May 1989, lot 243
    Private collection, Milan, acquired from the above
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Wall-mounted shelves and magazine racks from Casa Lucano, Sanremo

circa 1951
Oak-veneered wood, painted wood.
124.8 x 260.8 x 33.4 cm (49 1/8 x 102 5/8 x 13 1/8 in.)
Executed by Giordano Chiesa, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for £22,860

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London Auction 26 April 2023