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Auction: Design
was auctioned on: 14 December 2011
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Gio Ponti

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Estimate: US$12,000 - US$18,000
Price realised:  US$28,750
Lot number 213, Views: 81

Gio Ponti Pair of wall lights, model no. 12661 ca. 1957 Painted metal, brass. Each:12 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 5 in. (31.8 x 40 x 12.7 cm) Manufactured by Arredoluce, Italy. Reverse of each with paper label with “MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA” and with paper label with “Gio Ponti Archives/09001/131.” Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (2).
Literature “Rich Ticket Office,” Forum, March 1959, p. 119 Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work, 1923-1978, Cambridge, 1990, pp. 178 and 217 Alberto Bassi, “Arredoluce: Quando Milano era la luce: Sottsass, Vigo, Castiglioni, Ponti,” Casabella, September 2002, p. 83 Michele Porcu and Attilio Stocchi, Gio Ponti: tre ville inventate: Planchart, Arreaza, Nemazee, Milan, 2003, pp. 97-98 Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 248 Gio Ponti, Oggetti di design 1925-1970, exh. cat., Galleria Babuino Novecento, Rome, 2007, p. 67 Bernd Polster, Claudia Neumann and Markus Schüler, et al., AZ Design, Milan, 2008, p. 404, fig. 5 Artist Bio 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. View More Works

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Design
Date of the auction: 14 Dec 2011
Address: Phillips
New York