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  • Provenance

    Galleria Cristiani, Turin
    Acquired from above by the previous owner in mid-2000

  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti. L'Arte si Innamora dell'Industria, Milan, 2009, p. 85 (model illustrated)
    Sophie Bouilhet-Duman, Dominique Forest and Salvatore Licitra, eds., Gio Ponti. Archi-Designer, Paris, 2018, p. 76 (model illustrated)

  • 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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Swivel chair designed for the Montecatini Office Building, Milan

aluminium, synthetic leather and Bakelite
80.5 x 50.6 x 39.4 cm (31 3/4 x 19 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.)
Executed circa 1938 and manufactured by Ditta Parma Antonio e Figli.

£500 - 700 

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Heatwave: Online Auction

Online Auction 14 - 22 July 2021