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Gio Ponti Ceramics

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
Gio Ponti Ceramic Tile for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Gio Ponti ceramic tile "Il Viandante" for Richard Ginori, San Cristoforo. A man holding an umbrella under the rain. The Wayfarer. Italy 1930s.
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Art Deco Ceramic Inkwell Designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco ceramic inkwell designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. Each side of this hexagonal inkwell features a stylized classical deity designed by Gio Ponti in the Art Deco style...
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti and Guiseppe Rossi Black Bucchero Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1946-1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti & Guiseppe Rossi black Bucchero ceramic vase, Italy, made between 1946 and 1950. Signed "G.Rossi" under the base. Gio Ponti design and produced by Guiseppe Rossi, this exq...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti complete 'Vendemmia' series tiles for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Gio Ponti complete 'Vendemmia' series tiles for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s The four stages of winemaking represented by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. Held by original pewter stru...
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Ceramic Tile by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in London, London
Polychrome Ceramic tile By Gio Ponti For Richard Ginori Titled "La Bevuta" Marked to the reverse Richard Ginori, Made in Italy Impressed initials RGM Italian 1930s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti 20th Century Ceramic Coffee set for Richard, Italy, 1920s
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Gio Ponti 20th century ceramic coffee set for Richard, Italy, 1920s The set is comprised of a coffee pot, sugar bowl, milk jug and six cups and saucers. Gio Ponti, 20th century des...
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

1940s, Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Set of 3 Ceramic Plates
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in London, GB
A rare silver etched set of 3 ceramic plates depicting a wine harvest designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. Dimensions: Larger Plate: 23cm diameter Smaller Plate: 21cm diam...
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1940s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Sterling Silver

The Gardener
By Gio Ponti
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Early Gio Ponti tile "The Gardener" (2142 model, 564T, pattern), a ceramic tile made by Richard-Ginori, circa 1930. Marked "Richard-Ginori St. Cristoforo Milano, 564T. Measures: 9 x ...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Tea Set for Pozzi Ginori in Blue and White Ceramic, 1970s
By Gio Ponti, Pozzi-Ginori
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant ceramic tete à tete tea set designed by Gio Ponti for the Italian manufacturer Pozzi Ginori in the late 1970s. The set is composed of a teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug and two p...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Tile or Ceramic for Richard Ginori, Title "Il Pifferaio"
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a very well-known 1920s ceramic tile designed by Gio Ponti, marked in the back in the mold, R G M, for Richard Ginori Milan. Also marked with the number 120/77 in black.
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

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Gio Ponti Pewter Box for Nino Ferrari, Italy, 1940s
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Gio Ponti Superleggera Chair for Cassina, Italy, 1957
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Pair of Porcelain Wedding Favors by Richard Ginori or Doccia, Italy, 1940s
By Doccia Porcelain, Richard Ginori
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Gio Ponti Le Bottiglie Abitate Complete Series of Five Ceramic Bottles, 1950
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Gio Ponti Original for Franco Pozzi Ceramic Plate White and Orange, 60s Italy
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1947 Hand Painted Ceramic Sicilian Jug and Two Glasses Designed by Giò Ponti
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Gio Ponti ceramics for sale on 1stDibs

Gio Ponti ceramics are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Gio Ponti ceramics there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 15 vintage editions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original Gio Ponti ceramics were created in Italy during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider ceramics by Richard Ginori, Piero Fornasetti and Ettore Sottsass. The prices for Gio Ponti ceramics can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,120 and tops out at $25,439, while pieces like these can sell for $2,500 on average..

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