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Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

Italian, 1891-1979
Italian, 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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Creator: Gio Ponti
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 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

Fontana Arte Hand Mirror by Italian Architect Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Chicago, IL
A hand mirror, model number 1168, designed by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte with beveled glass edges and black glass backing. With original box and certificate of authenticity. Designed...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Mirror

Gio Ponti and Carlo Alberto Rossi Rare Bucchero Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti and Carlo Alberto Rossi rare classical Bucchero ceramic vase with two handles, Italy, circa 1951. Signed C. A. Rossi under the base.  Bucchero ware is an Etruscan earthenw...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

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

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Copper

Gio Ponti Richard Ginori Vase Ceramic, 1950, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti Richard Ginori vase ceramic 1950 Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Spherical flower holder Mars Christofle Gallia Gio Ponti 1957
By Gio Ponti
Located in Antwerp, BE
A spherical flower holder in silver plated metal by the famous Italian designer Gio Ponti, created in 1957. This model is called Mars in the Christofle catalogue. With its lovely...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

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

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Copper

Gio Ponti Large Round Vase in Green Ceramic by Richard Ginori 1930s 1940s Italy
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
A large ceramic vase in green ceramic was designed by the Italian designer Gio Ponti and manufactured by Richard Ginori between the 1930s and 1940s. The manufacturer brand is visibl...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

"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

"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

Two Silvered Metal Hands by Gio Ponti for Sabattini, Italy, 1978
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Le Mani or the hands. A silver metal sculpture of two hands designed by Gio Ponti for Sabattini. One hand with 5 the other with 6 fingers. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Wonderfully Patinated 'Soliflore' Vase for Arthur Krupp Milano, 1930s
By Arthur Krupp, Gio Ponti
Located in Tilburg, NL
A truly beautiful so called 'Soliflore' vase designed by Gio Ponti for Arthur Krupp Milano in the 1930s. The shape is simple and sleek, but very elegant. The desirable patina make...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver

70s Gio Ponti ‘Cavallo Grande’ for Sabattini
By Gio Ponti
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Silver plated over stainless steel this sculpture hads been designed in the 1970s by Gio Ponti and made by silversmith Lino Sabatini for the Christofle company in France. The artwork...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Italian Spiral Brass Planter "Casa E Giardino"
By Gio Ponti, Casa e Giardino
Located in Puglia, 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

1957 Spherical Flower Holder Silver Plated Metal by Gio Ponti for Christofle
By Christofle, Gio Ponti
Located in London, GB
This very elegant spherical flower holder was created by the great Italian designer Gio Ponti for Christofle Top luxury brand in 1957, models name "Mars". Silver plated metal with se...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli Large Scale Diavolo Enamel Sculpture
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
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

"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

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

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Copper

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

20th Century Gio Ponti and Lino Sabattini Sculpture Maschera Cornuta, 1978
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Turin, Turin
Now thirty, Sabattini moved from Blevio to Milan, where he found a small laboratory with all the essential tools of his Craft. His contacts with “Domus” became more frequent. This be...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

20th Century Gio Ponti and Lino Sabattini Sculpture Hands, 1978
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Turin, Turin
Now thirty, Sabattini moved from Blevio to Milan, where he found a small laboratory with all the essential tools of his Craft. His contacts with “Domus” became more frequent. This be...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

20th Century Gio Ponti and Lino Sabattini Sculpture Diavolo, 1978
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Turin, Turin
Now thirty, Sabattini moved from Blevio to Milan, where he found a small laboratory with all the essential tools of his craft. His contacts with “Domus” became more frequent. This be...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

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

20th Century Gio Ponti Vase Model Gerbera for Colle '80s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Turin, Turin
Vase model Gerbera designed by the designer and architect Gio Ponti in '80s for the Manufacturer Colle. Very good condition, presence of the brandmark.  
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Glass

Silvered Metal Sculpture "Ex Voto per il diavolo" by Gio Ponti for Sabattini
By Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Silvered metal sculpture "Ex Voto Per Il Diavolo" by the Italian designer Gio Ponti for Sabattini. Made in Italy in 1978. Signed and dated with engraved manufacturer's mark to rev...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal, Steel

20th Century Gio Ponti and Lino Sabattini Sculpture La Luna Strega, 1978
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Turin, Turin
Now thirty, Sabattini moved from Blevio to Milan, where he found a small laboratory with all the essential tools of his craft. His contacts with “Domus” became more frequent. This be...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Metal

20th Century Gio Ponti Lino Sabattini Sculpture Horse in Silver Metal End '70s
By Gio Ponti, Lino Sabattini
Located in Turin, Turin
Statue in silver metal designed by the Maestro Gio Ponti and produced for Lino Sabattini since the end of '70s. The sculpture is in silver metal and represents a horse. This example ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern 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

Gio Ponti for Venini Murano Italian "Morandiane" Blue Green Glass Bottle, 1995
By Gio Ponti
Located in Modena, IT
"Morandiane" glass bottle serie designed by italian artist Gio Ponti for Venini Murano, Blown glass with two-tone incalmo decoration, Manufacturer’s sticker and engraved signature ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Gio Ponti for Ginori Athletic Dish
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti for Ginori athletic dish. Vintage Richard Ginori shaped nut dish/ small saucer from the athletic series designed by Gio Ponti featuring a horse racing pair of mounted jocke...
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1930s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Gio Ponti for Ginori Athletic Dish
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti for Ginori athletic dish. Vintage Richard Ginori shaped nut dish/ small saucer from the athletic series designed by Gio Ponti featuring a pair of female swimmers in competi...
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1930s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Gio’ Ponti Vase Ceramic 1929 Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti vase ceramic 1929 Italy.
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti, Paolo De Poli “Colomba” Italian Midcentury Copper Sculpture, 1956
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
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

Venini 1980's Italian Glass "A Canne" Bottle Vase Sculpture Limited Edition
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gorgeous red, blue and clear glass striped "A Canne" bottle vase limited edition sculpture. Engraved signature to bottom Venini '88 for Iveco. Numbered 95/250. Iveco is one of the...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Blown 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

Bottle with Stopper by Gio Ponti for Venini
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Hand blown incalmo glass decanter in white and green with stopper. Unsigned. Published: Venini: Catalog Raisonné 1921-1986, Diaz de Santillana, pg. 296. Provenance: Private collectio...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Gio Ponti Green Ovoid Ceramic Glazed Shingles Tiles 100, by PdP Hotel Roma, 1964
By Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Exclusive group of 100 ovoid shingles tiles, glazed earthenware by Gio Ponti produced by Ceramica JOO for the wall decoration of the Hotel Parco dei Principi,Roma 1964 Measures: He...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

"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 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

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

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

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

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 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

Gio Ponti Designed Vase for Paolo De Poli
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
Located in Brooklyn, 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

"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

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

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

Gio’ Ponti Vase Ceramic 1929 Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti vase ceramic 1929 Italy.
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Gio Ponti's decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Gio Ponti decorative objects, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 42 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original decorative objects by Gio Ponti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Lino Sabattini, Paolo Venini and Angelo Mangiarotti. Prices for decorative objects by Gio Ponti can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $519 and tops out at $14,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,884.

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