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Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

Gio Ponti (Italy, 1891–1979)
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 (1891–1979) 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 Colombo 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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Gio Ponti Le Bottiglie Abitate Complete Series of Five Ceramic Bottles, 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Gio Ponti, Le Bottiglie Abitate, Complete Series of five ceramic bottles in gold lustreware, Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola Production. (Brand mark under the base) Limited Edition fro...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Luster

Gio Ponti, Paolo De Poli “Colomba” Italian Midcentury Copper Sculpture, 1956
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Modena, IT
Italian sculpture "Colomba" embossed copper with polychrome enamel decoration designed by Gio Ponti and produced by De Poli, signed De Poli under, 1950s. Bibliography: A. Bassi, ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Copper

Gio Ponti Designed Vase for Paolo De Poli
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Hudson, NY
Battuto hand-hammered copper conical vessel enameled in mottled colors. Stamped and signed to the underside with an old Gumps paper label.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Copper

Gio Ponti Red Stripes Ceramic Vase for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Gio Ponti red stripes ceramic vase for Richard Ginori San Cristoforo Milano, Italy, 1930s. VAse Model No. 5772 Ref : Gio Ponti / Ceramica e Architettura / G.C. Bojani, C. Piersanti...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

1930s Gio Ponti for Nino Ferrari Art Deco Italian Copper Vase
By Gio Ponti, Nino Ferrari
Located in Brescia, IT
Wrought copper vase "Nino Ferrari" engraved on the base Perfect condition.
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Copper

Venini A Canne Bottle Vase
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gorgeous red, blue and clear glass striped "A Canne" bottle vase sculpture. Engraved signature Venini '88 for Iveco to bottom. Numbered 95/250.       
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Gio Ponti Set of Two Ceramic Vases 1930, Richard Ginori San Cristoforo Milano
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of two colorful ceramic vases, designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Richard Ginori in the 1930s. Manufacturer brand stamped on the base. Measurement: Height 12.5 x diameter ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Midcentury Paolo De Poli Green Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo de Poli (1905–1996) in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Made of green enameled copper and brass, circa 1...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Copper, Brass, Enamel

Vase by Gio Ponti Produced by Richard Ginori, Italy, 1928
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
White porcelain vase decorated with gold leaves on the sides, raised on an oval socle. The front of the vase decorated with Copia, the Goddess of Abundance. OUR REFERENCE N10100
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Italian Spiral Brass Planter "Casa E Giardino"
By Gio Ponti, Casa e Giardino
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Rare brass planter, designed by Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino, Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Brass

Gio Ponti by Christofle Vase/ Sculpture
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A silver plated architecturally inspired table object. Signed Original unpolished state.
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1950s French Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Opaque Green Italian Enamelled Ceramic Vase by Gio Ponti 20th Century Design
By Richard-Ginori Lavenite, Gio Ponti
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gio Ponti (1891-1979). Ceramic vase Manufactured by Richard Ginori Italy, 1931. Modelled ceramic and enameled in opaque green. Measurements: 23 ø cm x 15 H cm. 7,87 ø inc...
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1930s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti “Il Diavolo" Decorative Mask
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
“Il Diavolo” Gio Ponti large decorative mask for Sabattini. Silver plated. Signed on the bottom.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver

"Maschera Cornuta" Sculpture by Gio Ponti for Sabattini Agenteria
By Gio Ponti, Sabattini Argenteria
Located in Milan, IT
Evocative silver plated Maschera Cornuta sculpture by Gio Ponti for Sabattini Argenteria
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Gio’ Ponti Richard Ginori Vase Ceramic, 1930, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti Richard Ginori vase ceramic, 1930, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Other Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Richard Ginori Vase Ceramic Gold Red, 1940, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio Ponti Richard Ginori vase ceramic gold red 1940 Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Silver Plated Sugar Pot by Gio Ponti for Fratelli Calderoni, 1930s
By Gio Ponti, Calderoni
Located in Varese, Lombardia
A set of 3 sugar pots design by Gio Ponti for Fratelli Calderoni in the 1930s. Made of silver plated metal and marked: "ospedale Fatebenefratelli Fatebenesorelle". Price is referred ...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Gio Ponti Silver Metal Sculpture Model Hand 5 Fingers for Sabattini, Italy
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Milan, Italy
Silver metal model hand 5 fingers designed by Gio Ponti for Sabattini in 1978. Signed.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli Large Scale Diavolo Enamel Sculpture
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Dallas, TX
Devil's face enamel sculpture designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Paolo De Poli in Italy, 1956.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Copper, Enamel

Gio Ponti Design for "Manifattura Rossi" A Bucchero Female Nude Sculpture
By Gio Ponti
Located in Stamford, CT
Carlo Alberto Rossi (Gubbio 1903-1970), Manifattura Rossi a Bucchero Female Sculpture after a Gio Ponti drawing, signed C. A. Rossi, circa 1940 Gio Ponti in the 1940s collaborated w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Paolo De Poli Vase
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Large and beautiful green enameled vase designed by Gio Ponti for De Poli. Signed.
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Fontana Arte Hand Mirror by Italian Architect Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Chicago, IL
A hand mirror designed by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte with beveled glass edges and black glass backing. Designed in 1932, this example most likely produced in the 1990s. Perfect cond...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Mirror

"Grape Harvest," Rare Art Deco Porcelain Sculpture by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Although Gio Ponti, the protean artist, sculptor and designer, was highly prolific over many years in his native Italy, this porcelain sculpture of two young men carrying an enormous...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Gio Ponti Richard Ginori San Cristoforo Ceramic Tile 1930 Signed
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio Ponti Richard Ginori San Cristoforo ceramic tile 1930, with polychrome decorations depicting flowers pot with insects, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti for Venini Italy Light Blue and Gray Glass Bottle Series “Morandiane”
By Gio Ponti, Venini
Located in Modena, IT
Italian famous bottle series "Morandiane" with stopper in blown glass with alternating light blue and gray stripes, designed by Gio Ponti for Venini from 1950. Signature engraved un...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Gio Ponti for Venini Serie “Morandiane” Blue and Green Glass Bottle, 2004
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Modena, IT
Italian famous bottle "Morandiane" serie with stopper in blown glass with alternating sapphire and green stripes, designed by Gio Ponti for Venini from 1950. Signature engraved unde...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Gio Ponti for Venini White and Grey Glass Bottle Serie “Morandiane”
By Gio Ponti, Venini
Located in Modena, IT
Italian famous bottle serie "Morandiane" with stopper in blown glass with alternating white and grey stripes, designed by Gio Ponti for Venini from 1950. Signature engraved under ba...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

GIO PONTI Glass Decanter [Venini Incalmo] Vessel
By Gio Ponti
Located in Hawthorne, CA
An objet d'art from Venini Incalmo glass decanter designed by Gio Ponti, Italian, 20th century. A beautiful slender glass decanter vessel to embellish your decor. Deepest colour sche...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Glass

Two Silvered Metal Hands by Gio Ponti for L. Sabattini, 1978, Italy
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Paris, FR
Two silvered metal hands by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) for L. Sabattini, 1978, Italy. Left hand, and right hand with 6 fingers . Signed: Sabattini Italy-design Gio Ponti, 1978. Dimension...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Pewter Box for Nino Ferrari, Italy, 1940s
By Gio Ponti, Nino Ferrari
Located in Milan, IT
Gio Ponti pewter box for Nino Ferrari, Italy 1940s.
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Silvered Devil's Face by G. Ponti for Lino Sabattini, 1978, Italy
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Paris, FR
The Devil’s face, 1978 by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) for Lino Sabattini, 1978, Italy. Refined silvered metal bended face with pointed hair. Signed and dated: "Sabattini Italy design Gio...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Ceramic Vase or Urn for Richard Ginori, Signed
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This an amazing neoclassic ceramic vase shape by the well known designer Gio Ponti and made for the very well know maker Richard Ginori, This is a 1960s-1970s ceramic, signed as shown.
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Gio Ponti for Venini 'Morandiane' Carafes
By Gio Ponti, Venini
Located in Sharon, CT
A rare pair of Venini Morandiane black and white vertical stripped carafes, with stoppers. By Gio Ponti, circa 1950. The slightly larger is 37 cm. in height. Both signed with the t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

"Horned Mask" Gio Ponti by Sabattini Silver Plated 1970s Italian Design
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brescia, IT
"Horned Mask" Gio Ponti by Sabattini, 1978 Openwork metal sheet.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Horse and Foal Silver Sculpture with Lino Sabattini for Christofle
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti, Christofle
Located in Hingham, MA
1978 Gio Ponti designed silver plated horse sculptures, titled "Cavallo", edition Lino Sabattini for Christofle. Excellent condition. Comes with original Christofle boxes and non-ta...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Very Rare Pavonessa Artpiece by Gio Ponti for De Poli Enamel
By Gio Ponti
Located in Munich, DE
De Poli Italy, 1956 fired enamel over copper engraved signature and inscription "De poli."
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Enamel

Silver Plate Horse Sculpture Titled "Cavallo" by Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Chic modern horse form sculpture in silver plate titled "Cavallo," by legendary designer Gio Ponti & metalsmith Lino Sabattini (Cavallo is Italian for horse). Marked 'Sabattini I...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

"Vetrate Grossa" Glass Sculpture by Gio Ponti, 1966
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
"Vetrata Grossa" glass sculpture by Gio Ponti for Venini. Colored glass block used as sample to compose screens, large windows or as single sculpture. The metal support shown has onl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Glass

"Pennellate" Glass Sculpture by Gio Ponti for Venini
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
"Pennellate" glass sculpture by Gio Ponti for Venini. Colored glass block used as sample to compose screens, large windows or as single sculptures. Also available from the same des...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Glass

"Vetrate Grossa" Glass Sculpture by Gio Ponti
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
"Vetrata Grossa" glass sculpture by Gio Ponti for Venini. Colored glass block used as sample to compose screens, large windows or as single sculpture. The metal support shown has ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Glass Sculpture by Venini
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Glass sculpture by Gio Ponti for Venini. Colored glass block used as sample to compose screens, large windows or as single sculptures. Also available from the same design other pi...
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Late 20th Century Italian Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Glass

Gio Ponti Coffee & Creamer
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Espresso? Latte? Ponti? Anyone?
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver

Art Deco Ponti-esque Vase with Abstracted Tassel-form Handles
By Gio Ponti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Clearly designed by Ponti or a close follower in the late 1920s, this vase features flaring, tassel-form handles and is decorated with Italian peasants carrying baskets of food, flan...
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Early 20th Century Italian Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic