Gio Ponti - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Phillips
  • Description

    Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

  • Provenance

    Conte Grande Ocean Liner
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1961)
    Dorotheum, Vienna, 20 May 2015, lot 195
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: Le Navi, Milan, 2007 (another example illustrated, pp. 61 and 63)

  • 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 Armchairs

walnut and green velvet upholstery
each 81 x 71 x 79 cm (31 7/8 x 27 7/8 x 31 1/8 in.)
Designed in 1949 for the Conte Grande Ocean Liner and manufactured by Cassina, Mena, this work is accompanied by a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £5,670

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 28 October - 5 November 2020