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Gio Ponti Furniture

Gio Ponti (Italy, 1891-1979)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism. Ponti designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers — and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.

     The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus is reflected in his work: as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre. In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new; his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity. In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti — along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso — found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work. Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped “Distex” chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Columbo and others.

     His signature furniture piece — the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere — is the sleek “Superleggera” chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their “Architetturra” series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

     Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph, written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

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Vase by Gio Ponti
Nicholas Kilner
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Vase by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Modern Ceramics
Large-scale vase by Gio Ponti, ironstone with anthracite oxidized glaze, manufactured by Ginori, Italy 1933, with "Certificate of Authenticity" from the Gio Ponti Archive.
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Gio Ponti Bench from the "Liviano" at the Universi...
Gio Ponti, Luigi Scremin
20th Century Italian Benches
Walnut
Gio Ponti was awarded in 1937 to design the interiors of two buildings, "Il Bo" and "Liviano", at the University of Padua. It took Ponti almost a decade to design the Liviano’s building...
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Rare Dinette Table Attributed to Gio Ponti, 1950
Arredamenti ISA
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Center Tables
Brass, Walnut
Very important dinette table attributed to Gio Ponti, circa 1950. Center table, three feet. Produced by Arredamenti ISA Bergamo original label on verso. Laminated walnut, wood, brass....
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Gio Ponti Headboards from Hotel Royal, Naples, 1955
Compendio Gallery
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Gio Ponti Headboards from Hotel Royal, Naples, 195...
Gio Ponti, Giordano Chiesa
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Beds
Walnut
A pair of headboards by Gio Ponti from the furniture of the Hotel Royal in Naples, 1955. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa by Dassi. Walnut with two tiered shelving, magazine rack and int...
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Gio Ponti Vanity from Royal Hotel Naples
eccola
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Gio Ponti Vanity from Royal Hotel Naples
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Vanities
Nickel, Oak
Ponti piece of perfection from the Royal Hotel in Naples with nickel mirror and nickel swank sabots.
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Six Gio Ponti Chairs by Cassina, Italy circa 1951
Jochum Rodgers
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Six Gio Ponti Chairs by Cassina, Italy circa 1951
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Faux Leather, Upholstery, Walnut
Six Gio Ponti chairs by Cassina, Italy circa 1951
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Marvelous Gold Leaf Dresser With Ebonized Details
Reeves Antiques
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Marvelous Gold Leaf Dresser With Ebonized Details
Gio Ponti, James Mont
Vintage 1950s North American Hollywood Regency Dressers
Ebony, Gold, Gold Leaf
Interesting and Stunning Gold Leaf Dresser with Ebonized body. Newly restored in excellent condition, this dresser was built in circa 1955. A bold statement for any room! In the style o...
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Large Mid-Century Modern Chest with Recessed Pulls...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Handsome chest of drawers with distinctive recessed rectangular pulls and lock (with key) on the top drawer. Six wide drawers with ample storage space. Light blond wood is finished with...
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Croupier Chair
Nilufar Gallery
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Croupier Chair
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs
Ash frame with woven cane seat and back, brass footrest
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Gio Ponti for Venini Decanter
Exhibit Modern
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Gio Ponti for Venini Decanter
Venini, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Gio Ponti for Venini glass bottle with stopper. Incalmo glass technique. Signed with the 3 line acid stamp "Venini Murano Italia".
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Apta Daybed
W.J. Gravener Antiques
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Apta Daybed
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Day Beds
Metal
This particular piece was formerly in the home of Gio Ponti's granddaughter. Scarce daybed model "A013" by Gio Ponti. Part of the Domus "Apta" interior design project created in 1970. ...
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Italian Modern Walnut and Brass Executive Desk, Gi...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks
The rectangular top with rounded edges above drawer cabinets each with two drawers, flanking angled geometric legs terminating in brass sabots- comes with certificate of authenticity f...
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1950s Italian Lounge Chair Attributed to Gio Ponti...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Metal, Upholstery
This 1950s Italian lounge chair has been recovered in a 'Grasshopper-Green' wool upholstery. Identical examples have been sold with the certificate of verification from the Gio Ponti Ar...
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Incredible Bold Pink Velvet Italian Lounge Chair
Marco Zanuso, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet
Stunning and bold Pink Velvet Lounge chair made in Italy, circa 1955. New foam fully restored. In the style of Marco Zanuso or Gio Ponti.
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Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori "La Goletta" Ceramic ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Decorative Art
Porcelain, Rattan
Ceramic plaque by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori entitiled "La Goletta". Painted porcelain with period rattan frame. Excellent condition with minor surface blemishes (possibly original du...
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Brass Wall Mirror, Attributed to Gio Ponti, 1950
Compendio Gallery
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Brass Wall Mirror, Attributed to Gio Ponti, 1950
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Wood
Wall mirror attributed to Gio Ponti brass, mirror and wood all original condition, circa 1950 Measures:h 84 cm ; 65 x 3 cm
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1950s Rare Executive Desk by Gio Ponti for Rima
Moioli Gallery
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1950s Rare Executive Desk by Gio Ponti for Rima
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Laminate, Metal, Walnut
Rare executive desk Lacquered metal, brass, walnut wood, laminate. Produced by Rima, 1950s Original conditions Manufacturer's label and Certificate of Authenticity from the Gio Ponti A...
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Set of Three Plates by Gio Ponti
Compasso
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Set of Three Plates by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Centerpieces
Ceramic
Beautiful set of three plates by Gio Ponti, model GP by Franco Pozzi.
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1960s Rare Floor Lamp "Polsino" with Steel Handle ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps
Metal, Plastic
Lamp - Polsino - designed for Guzzini in 1967 Very rare in this floor lamp version Literature : Domus 450 ( May 1967 ) , p . 30 ; Domus 483 ( February 1970 ) , p . 44; Lisa Licitra Po...
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Mmodel 656 Leggera Chair by Gio Ponti
Galleria Michela Cattai
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Mmodel 656 Leggera Chair by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Faux Leather, Wood
Model 646 Leggera chair, 1950s for Cassina, designed by the Italian architect Gio Ponti
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Orange Superleggera Stool after Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Paint, Rush, Wood
Vintage Italian orange stool/ or bench with basket weave rush seat.
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Caminati 'Conte Biancamano' Rattan Armchair
LA Studio
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Caminati 'Conte Biancamano' Rattan Armchair
Gio Ponti, Vittorio Bonacina
Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs
Rattan
Conte Biancamano Armchair by Gio Ponti and edited by Vittorio Bonacina, hand made in rattan.
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1930s Gio Ponti Candleholder
Casablanca
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1930s Gio Ponti Candleholder
Gio Ponti, Maison Christofle
Vintage 1930s Candle Stands
1930s candleholder by Gio Ponti for House Christofle in silvered metal. Two interlaced support crossed by an arrow. Signed G.Ponti and Christofle on the base. Signed and numbered on the...
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Excellent Sculptural Tri-Leg Italian Borsani Style...
Ico Parisi, Osvaldo Borsani, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Glass, Walnut
Beautiful Italian nightstands in the style of Osvaldo Borsani. The Night stand have a glass top with a marbled effect or "slag glass." They have nice patinead brass hardware and leg cap...
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Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs
Le Lampade
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Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Wood
Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs
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Plate Attributed to Gio Ponti for Ginori,1930s
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Porcelain
Withe porcelain with red mat enameling and true gold "Serenata " decoration. Signed Ginori. 1930s. Reference : Catalog Porro n.34 pag.124 2006 Catalog Sotheby,s n. MI 256 ...
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Rare Gio Ponti Wall Lights for Greco
rewire
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Rare Gio Ponti Wall Lights for Greco
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum
A rare pair of exterior wall lights in lacquered aluminum with acrylic diffusers
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Set of 10 "Leggera" Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti for...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs
Rush, Wood
Scarce set of 10 "Leggera" chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Wood frame and woven rush.
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Dining Table by Gio Ponti for M. Singer and Son
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Italian walnut round dining table with four 16" leaves on brass boots. Includes extra support leg. Measures 104" with leaves.
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Italian 1950s Mirror Attributed to Gio Ponti
Vittorio Ragone Antique & Design
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Italian 1950s Mirror Attributed to Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Italian 1950s mirror attributed to Gio Ponti.
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Pair of Stands from the Royal Hotel, Naples by Gio...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Luggage Racks
Ash, Brass
Provenance: The Royal Hotel, Naples | Private collection, Rome Literature: Gio Ponti e la committenza Fernandes, Mautone, ppg. 43, 46 Exhibited Camere D’Artista: Italian Design 1930-1...
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Leggera Chairs, Set of Six by Gio Ponti for Cassin...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs
Ash, Silk
Provenance: Private collection, Rome. Literature: Gio Ponti: A World, Romanelli, pg. 60 Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920-1976, Falconi, pg. 242 Gio Ponti: L’Arte Si Innamora D...
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Extreme long Italian Credenza, 1940s, tambour doors
MORENTZ
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Extreme long Italian Credenza, 1940s, tambour door...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Glass, Wood
Highly unusual Italian credenza, design attributed to Gio Ponti, Italy late 1940s. This proportions of this sideboard are very special, the low and long shape gives it a real gentle a...
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1960s Brass Tripod Arrow Marble Gueridon with Trip...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Marble
Small Tripod Table, Signed 4000 Italy. Marble Top Dia: 12 x Base Dia: 17 x H: 21.25 in.
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Pair of Gilt Brass Framed Mirrors by Gio Ponti, 1950s
Galerie Martel-Greiner
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Pair of Gilt Brass Framed Mirrors by Gio Ponti, 19...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Wood
Pair of high gilt brass framed mirrors by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s. Wood structure. Prov: Hôtel Bristol de Merano. Bibliography: Rivista dell' Aredamento Août 1957, n°52, Similar pa...
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Exquisite Early 1950s Wicker Mirror or Picture Fra...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Picture Frames
Wicker
Rare wicker frame by Gio' Ponti , these frames were used for drawings, paintings and can be used also for a mirror. One of this frame has also been used by Gio' Ponti in his apartment...
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Gio Ponti Dishes
Il Paralume
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Gio Ponti Dishes
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Ceramics
Giò Ponti-Richard Ginori, six ceramic dishes polychrome decoration with horse-drawn carriages. Under the base manufacturer's stamp and "Creazione La Forte Italy," circa 1960. Diameter ...
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Gio Ponti, Nifea Chair
Zigzag Modern
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Gio Ponti, Nifea Chair
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Gio Ponti for Reguitti, Italy, circa 1958. A rare "Nifea" folding chair with the original cane in excellent condition. Wood frame also in perfect order.
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Set of Chairs Model Leggera by Gio Ponti, Italy 1950
LA Studio
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Set of Chairs Model Leggera by Gio Ponti, Italy 19...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Side Chairs
Ash, Velvet
Set of six chairs Leggera model designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina . Made of black lacquered ash wood with seat in green mint velvet cotton. Italy 1950 .
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Walnut Base and Glass-Top, Mid-Century Italian Mod...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Very nice mid century modern coffee table (3/4" )possibly designed by Gio Ponti.
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Coffee Table by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte
Wright Now
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Coffee Table by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Mahogany
Provenance: Gallery Arnaud, Milan | Important private collection, Italy | Wright, important 20th century design, 22 May 2007, lot 624 | Private collection. Literature: Esempi: Tavoli, ...
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Gio Ponti "Diamond" Sterling Flatware for Reed & B...
Gio Ponti, Reed & Barton
Vintage 1950s American Tableware
Sterling Silver
Classic and elegant flatware in the "Diamond" pattern. A large set consisting of eight six-piece place settings plus eight serving pieces--a total of 54 pieces. Measurements: 9-7/8" kni...
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Italian Coffee Table
Plum Collective
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Italian Coffee Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Modernist two tiered/two toned coffee table attributed to Gio Ponti. Featuring stylized antique brass sabots.
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Gio Ponti Coffee Table, Cassina Edition, circa 195...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Wood
Gio Ponti (1891-1979), coffee table from "the Parco del Principi" Hotel, Edition Cassina, Aluminium base and blue-green laminate wood top, Circa 1954, Italy. Height: 40 cm, diameter 80 ...
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Fontana Arte "Pirellone" Floor Lamp by Gio Ponti
Alkimya
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Fontana Arte "Pirellone" Floor Lamp by Gio Ponti
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps
Glass, Metal
"Pirellone " born in 1967 designed by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte , this famous floor lamp is made with two pieces of curved glass held in place by metal elements at the base and the top...
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Italian Travertine, Walnut and Brass Dining Table ...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Travertine, Walnut
A striking Italian dining table that seats four and is often attributed to Gio Ponti for Singer and Sons. The table has a nice aged patina on the travertine, walnut and brass elements.
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Rare Executive Desk by Gio Ponti
Michel Contessa
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Rare Executive Desk by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
A rare late 1940s executive desk by Gio Ponti. Bowed rosewood desk featuring original inset green glass top, (signed Fontana Arte). Tapered legs, four locking drawers, open shelf. Sold ...
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Gio Ponti Side Tables
Orange
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Gio Ponti Side Tables
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Side Tables
Walnut
Exquisite pair of Gio Ponti side tables. Fantastic scale and signature Gio Ponti lines. A variant of 1940 designs for University of Padua, later adapted for the Banca Nazionale del Lavo...
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Gio Ponti Desk
Orange
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Gio Ponti Desk
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Desks
Brass, Walnut
Exquisite desk by Gio Ponti. Original brass hardware. Impressive in size and scale with two pull-out drawers flanking each side of the desk. A fantastic example of Gio Ponti design. A v...
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Gio Ponti Desk for the University of Padua
Orange
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Gio Ponti Desk for the University of Padua
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Desks
Brass, Walnut
Incredible Gio Ponti desk from the University of Padua. Three pull-out drawers with beautiful brass detailing. Fantastic and functional size, would make an excellent writing desk, vanit...
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Pair of Elegant Italian Chairs in the Style of Gio...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
A pair of unusual Italian chairs in the style of Gio Ponti. Solid brass legs, high backs, very modern and elegant.
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Sterling Silver Coffee and Tea Service by Gio Pont...
Gio Ponti, John Prip
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sterling Silver
Rattan, Sterling Silver
Reed & Barton’s “The Diamond,” a sterling silver dinner service comprising flatware and serving pieces, was designed in 1958 by Gio Ponti and John Axel Prip. The angular waistlines, bea...
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Game Table by Gio Ponti
Enrica De Micheli
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Game Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Famous game table designed by Gio Ponti for Reguitti as marked on the back. Reversible top, green velvet or wood( palisander).. Brass sides in the corners.
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Set of Two 1950s Armchairs by Gio Ponti with StoolOn Hold
Espace Camille
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Set of Two 1950s Armchairs by Gio Ponti with Stool...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Brass, Steel, Velvet, Wood
Very nice set of mustard yellow velvet Italian armchairs by Gio Ponti and one matching stool from around 1950. Original condition and upholstery. The chairs can use some extra stuffing ...
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Gio Ponti Armchair Model 803, Italy, 1954
Walter Design
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Gio Ponti Armchair Model 803, Italy, 1954
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs
Fabric
Gio Ponti armchair model 803, Italy, 1954. Cassina, 
Italy, 1954. 
Vinyl, upholstery, walnut
. Measurements: 29.5 W x 33 D x 31 H inches. Gio Ponti: l'Arte Si Innamora dell'Industria,...
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Pair of Candlesticks Attributed to Gio Ponti
Art of Vintage
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Pair of Candlesticks Attributed to Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Brass, Metal
Pair of brass and black enameled candlesticks attributed to Gio Ponti, Italy.
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1950s Folding Beech Chair "Ninfea" by Gio Ponti
Deposito A
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1950s Folding Beech Chair "Ninfea" by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs
Leather, Wood
Original leather armchair to be restored, in good condition, rare model in leather,.
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"Polsino" Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
Donzella Ltd.
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"Polsino" Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, Dino Gavina Studio Simon
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Large, curved perspex panels in bright orange and white. Polished chrome mounts and one Edison socket. Made by and sold through Gavina. Literature: Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-19...
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1930s Rare Fontana Arte Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Moioli Gallery
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1930s Rare Fontana Arte Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Wood
Stunning and rare coffee table by Fontana Arte, late 1930s, wood and glass, original metal label.
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Gio Ponti Vanity
Orange
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Gio Ponti Vanity
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Vanities
Elegant vanity by Gio Ponti. Rosewood vanity with green inlaid stamped glass top by Fontana Arte. (Stamped Fontana on underside of glass) Tapered legs and open shelf. Very rare piece. E...
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