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Gio Ponti Ceramics

Giò Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)
Giò Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Giò 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 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 Original for Franco Pozzi Ceramic Plate White and Orange, 60s Italy
By Franco Pozzi, Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, IT
Prestigious ceramic plate serie "Fantasia Italiana" designed by master Gio Ponti for Franco Pozzi, Gallarate 60s Italy. The platter is white with an orange disc on the front. Gio Po...
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1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Enamel

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 Ceramics

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Ceramic

1947 Hand Painted Ceramic Sicilian Jug and Two Glasses Designed by Giò Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Set of three Art Deco ceramic pieces made in Santo Stefano di Camastra in 1947, totally handcrafted and painted. They have been made by an original Giò Ponti decor, him in that perio...
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Mid-20th Century Sicilian Art Deco Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Two Art Deco Ceramic Plates Designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A pair of original Italian ceramic plates designed by Gio Ponti in the 1930s. They are in good conditions and published.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Tea Set for Pozzi Ginori in Blue and White Ceramic, 1970s
By Pozzi-Ginori, Gio Ponti
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 Ceramic Tile for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
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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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage 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

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

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 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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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Ceramics

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Ceramic

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 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 Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Gio Ponti Four Original "Bacco" Ceramics for Richard Ginori
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Morbio Inferiore, CH
Numbered ceramics from the series, "Bacco." Painted and signed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. Titles of the ceramics: Il raccolto (The harvest) Il trasporto (The transport...
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1930s 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 Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
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

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 for S.C. Richard Set of Two Ceramic Plates, circa 1935
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Set of Plates by Gio Ponti Glazed Ceramic Vintage, Italy, 1967
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Single Gio Ponti Plate, Italy, 1960s
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