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

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$25,000
Price realised:  US$62,500
Lot number 216, Views: 113

Gio Ponti Set of ten “Africa” dining chairs, from the first class dining room of the “Oceania” ocean liner, ca. 1951 Stained ash, fabric, brass Each: 33 1/8 in. (84 cm) high Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives (10).
Provenance “Oceania” ocean liner, Italy Exhibited One dining chair from the present lot was exhibited in “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Triennale, Milan, May 6–July 24, 2011 Literature Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan, 2002, p. 90Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: II Progetto Degli Interni Navali, 1948-1953, Milan, 2007, pp. 120-121 and 126-129Ugo La Pietra, ed, Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 224-25, figs. 463-65Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 51 fig. 80 and p. 105, fig. 161Daria Guarnati, ed., “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Aria D’Italia VIII, Milan, 2011, pp. 75 and 82 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