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  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, 1996, pp. 300-301 and 308-309 for examples of other flatware designed by Gio Ponti

  • 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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‘Diamond’ flatware service for 12

designed 1958
Forks and spoons: white metal; knives: white metal, polished steel. 
Dinner knife: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) long
Manufactured by Reed & Barton, USA.  Each fork and spoon impressed with ‘Reed & Barton/STERLING’; knives impressed with ‘Reed & Barton /MIRRORSTELE/STERLING HANDLE’.  Comprising 12 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 butter knives, 12 soup spoons, 12 teaspoons, 12 dessert spoons, two crab forks, one olive fork, two serving forks, one serving spoon, one serrated spoon, one slotted spoon, one jam spoon, two soup ladles, one sauce ladle, one cheese knife, one fish knife and one cake server (99).

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £7,500


25 Sept 2008, 2pm