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

    Private collection, Milan, 1940s
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    'In visita alle case', Domus, no. 113, May 1937, p. 41, fig. 5
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, p. 32
    Fabio Benzi, Il Déco in Italia, Milan, 2004, p. 169, fig. 235
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 61, fig. 139

  • 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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Rare coffee table

Burr walnut-veneered wood, walnut, glass.
41.4 cm (16 1/4 in.) high, 105.5 cm (41 1/2 in.) diameter
Executed by Giordano Chiesa, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £100,000

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London Auction 21 September 2016