Gio Ponti - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Hotel Royal, Naples
    Acquired from the above, circa 2000

  • Literature

    Domus, no. 317, April 1956, no. 318, May 1956, and no. 325, December 1956, for a Dassi advertisement
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 367, fig. 758, p. 373, fig. 774

  • 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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Dressing table, from the Hotel Royal, Naples

circa 1956
Oak, oak-veneered wood, brass, mirrored glass.
122.2 x 94 x 45.8 cm (48 1/8 x 37 x 18 in.)
Manufactured by Dassi, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £7,500

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London Auction 21 September 2016