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Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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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Original Drawing by Gio Ponti for Touring Carrozzeria Milan, 1952
By Gio Ponti
Located in Dronten, NL
Important drawing by Gio Ponti of the Diamante line for Touring Carrozzeria Milan. A similar example pictured on page 167 of Gio Ponti: The Complete Work by Lisa Ponti. Ponti's ca...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Gio Ponti Sketch "Disegni per Vasi Incrociatifor", Italy, 1950
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A wonderfully whimsical concept drawing of two vases. Authentication papers from the Gio Ponti archives provided with drawing.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Gio Ponti Sketch of a City Plan, Italy, 1960s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
A sketch of a city plan based on his triangular plan philosophy. Authentication papers from the Gio Ponti archives provided with drawing.
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Paper

Important Original Drawing by Gio Ponti for Touring Carrozzeria Milan, 1952
By Gio Ponti
Located in Dronten, NL
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Paper

Gio Ponti Sketch "Disegni per Vasi Incrociatifor", Italy 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
A wonderfully whimsical concept drawing of a vase. Authentication papers from the Gio Ponti archives provided with drawing.
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Paper

Ceramic Tiles with La Conversazione Classica Designed by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Weesp, NL
La Conversazione Classica designed by Gio Ponti ceramic tiles. New old stock beautiful set of ceramic tiles with a famous design made by Gio Ponti in 1925 for ceramic producer Richar...
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1970s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Large Original Drawing by Gio Ponti for Touring Carrozzeria, Milan, 1952
By Gio Ponti
Located in Dronten, NL
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Paper

Gio Ponti & Paolo de Poli Il Sole Enameled Copper 1956 Padova
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Il Sole enameled copper original idea by Gio Ponti produced in 1956 by Paolo de Poli, Padova. Signature, date and original label on the back. Licterature: Paolo De Poli L’Arte dell...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Copper

Gio Ponti Painting "I Gemelli"
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti painting "I Gemelli", 1970, Italy. A colorful portrayal by Gio Ponti. Acrylic on Prespex (Plexiglas) singed by Gio Ponti on the front, while the paint work is reversed pain...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Acrylic, Plexiglass

Gio Ponti Painting "Donna Con Cappellino"
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti painting "Donna Con Cappellino" 1972, Italy. A colorful portrayal by Gio Ponti. Acrylic on Prespex (Plexiglas) singed by Gio Ponti on the front, while the paint work is rev...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Gio Ponti Hand Painted Concept Window Panels, Italy 1970s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
A rare set of paintings on perplex panels by Gio Ponti, similar to the one used for the Taranto Cathedral, designed by Ponti.
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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

Gio Ponti Four Original "Bacco" Ceramics for Richard Ginori
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
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 Wall Decorations

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Large Gio Ponti Study for Window at Shui-Hing Department Store, Singapore, 1978
By Gio Ponti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Reverse hand-painted Plexiglass in a light-box frame five inches deep. 102.5 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Sold with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives. Proven...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Wall Decorations

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Giò Ponti, 1930, Ceramic Wall Tiles
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
N.4 ceramic wall tiles, 1930, square form, each framed, each signed Richard Ginori S.Cristoforo Milano Giò Ponti.
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Set of Six Ceramic Tiles by Gio Ponti
By Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Rare set of 6 ceramic tiles by Gio Ponti. Part of the "Ermione" collection, this set shows traditional works of the countryside.
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"Fantasia Italiana" Plate by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A plate designed by Gio Ponti as part of the "Fantasia Italiana" series, produced in the late 1960s by Ceramiche Franco Pozzi. This plate is in immaculate condition, never having bee...
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