Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:32:11

Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture is original furniture created by the renowned Italian designer Gio Ponti.

History & Description

Gio Ponti was an Italian furniture designer, architect, artist, publisher and industrial designer.

Considered to be one of the most important Italian designers and architects of the twentieth century, Gio Ponti’s career spanned over six decades and crossed numerous artistic boundaries, including Neo-Classicism, Surrealism, Modernism and Minimalism.

Some of his most noted furniture designs include the “Due Foglie” sofa, the “Distex” angular armchair and the 1957 “Superleggera” chair, which was so light that it was said that a child using only one finger could lift it. Gio Ponti also created a range of lamps for companies such as Venini, Fontana Arte and Artemide. His most famous lamp is the “Billia” lamp, which was created in 1931.

Guide for collectors

Gio Ponti was one of the most important furniture designers of the twentieth century and as a result there is a large demand for his works. Accordingly, his furniture regularly appears at national auction houses.

However, as a general rule his most important, and therefore more valuable, items are sold through international auctioneers such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

During his career Gio Ponti designed a variety of furniture, including chairs, bookcases, desks and tables. However, perhaps the most desirable to collectors are his famous “Superleggera” chairs and “Billia” lamps.

Notable auction sales

On March 23rd 2006 at Christie’s in London, a bureau bookcase, designed by Gio Ponti, circa 1950, realised a price of £102,000.

On December 15th 2011 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a custom made table, designed by Gio Ponti, circa 1954, realised a price of $140,000.

On April 18th 2005 at Sotheby’s in Milan, a walnut desk with mirror, designed by Gio Ponti, circa 1929, realised a price of €102,000.

On March 23rd 2006 at Christie’s in London, a study centre table, designed by Gio Ponti, circa 1950, realised a price of $98,400.

 

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