Gio Ponti - Design London Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    'Spedizione per Stoccolma N. 5', Domus, no. 282, May 1953, p. 36 for a similar example
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 166 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L' arte si innamora dell' industria, New York, 2009, p. 184, fig. 378, p. 189, figs. 392-394 for similar examples

  • 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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Pair of wall-mounted illuminated bedside units

circa 1960
Walnut, walnut-veneered wood, painted aluminium, brass.
Each: 74.5 x 61.5 x 42.5 cm (29 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Dassi and Stilnovo, Milan, Italy. Each light fixture impressed with stilnovo/ITALY. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £13,750

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London Auction 20 September 2017