Gio Ponti Polsino Table Lamp, 1967

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Gio Ponti Polsino table lamp from 1967, curved acrylic panels in black and white with polished chrome mounts. Featured in Gio Ponti, The Complete Works, 1923-1978, pg 235.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    6.75 in. H x 8 in. W x 5.37 in. D
    17 cm H x 20 cm W x 14 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Denver, CO
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU127923367752

About Gio Ponti (Artist)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio 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 Columbo 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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2015

Typical response time: 4 hours

Located in Denver, CO

More from this Seller

Gordon & Jane Martz Marshall Studios Walnut with Ceramic Tiles Table Lamp
Gordon & Jane Martz Marshall Studios Walnut with C...
Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Ceramic, Walnut
Rarely seen Gordon & Jane Martz, Marshall Studios, designed table lamp of faceted walnut with studio pottery tile disks. Iconic sgrafitto spiral to each disk and original wooden finial ...
Lightolier Gerald Thurston Double Cone Gooseneck Table Desk Lamps
Lightolier Gerald Thurston Double Cone Gooseneck T...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Metal, Fiberglass
Iconic pair of double cone gooseneck mid-century lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier for table, desk, bedside or task lighting. White surface finish, fiberglass cone sh...
David Cressey Robert Maxwell Earthgender American Craft Pottery Table Lamp
David Cressey Robert Maxwell Earthgender American ...
David Cressey, Robert Maxwell, Earthgender
Ceramic
Striking Mid-Century David Cressey & Robert Maxwell sgraffito decorated studio art pottery table lamp from their workshop, Earthgender. Body of lamp measures 15" tall and 11" diameter, ...
Herb Ritts Lucite "Pretzel" Astrolite Los Angeles Table Lamp
Herb Ritts Lucite "Pretzel" Astrolite Los Angeles ...
Dorothy Thorpe, Astrolite, Herb Ritts
Lucite
Iconic Herb Ritts designed knot acrylic Lucite "Pretzel" table lamp for his company Astrolite, Los Angeles, California. Measures: Height to Lucite finial 26", body of lamp 14" tall, 13"...
1950s Midcentury Studio Art Pottery Table Lamp Sgraffito Figural Decoration
1950s Midcentury Studio Art Pottery Table Lamp Sgr...
Unknown
Ceramic
Fine 1950s organic modernist unsigned Studio Pottery table lamp with a sgraffito decoration of abstracted female figures. Body of lamp approximate 18" tall and 5" dia., to socket cluste...
1960s Pop Art Italian Granite Chrome Sculptural Cluster Bulbs Table Lamp
1960s Pop Art Italian Granite Chrome Sculptural Cl...
Unknown
Chrome, Granite
Spage Age 1960s Pop Art inspired nine bulb table lamp cluster. A light work tabletop sculpture with luxury chrome-plated hardware and fittings and black granite base plate. Unknown desi...
Rare Raymond Loewy Stiffel Adjustable Table Lamp
Rare Raymond Loewy Stiffel Adjustable Table Lamp
Raymond Loewy, Stiffel
Brass, Walnut
A scarce and rare table lamp with two adjustable heads of a Classic design by Raymond Loewy for Stiffel Lighting. Commonly seen in various tension pole lamp configurations, the table ve...
Midcentury Bob Kinzie Affiliated Craftsmen California Studio Pottery Table Lamp
Midcentury Bob Kinzie Affiliated Craftsmen Califor...
Bob Kinzie, Affiliated Craftsmen
Ceramic, Walnut
Tall wheel thrown Studio Pottery table lamp by artisan Bob Kenzie for his workshop Affiliated Craftsmen. A Classic example of the 1960s California Craft movement. Dual earth tone brown ...
Bob Kinzie Affiliated Craftsmen California Studio Pottery Table Lamp
Bob Kinzie Affiliated Craftsmen California Studio ...
Bob Kinzie, Affiliated Craftsmen
Ceramic
Wheel thrown and texture decorated Studio Pottery table lamp by artisan Bob Kenzie for his workshop Affiliated Craftsmen. A Classic example of the 1960s California Craft movement. Dual ...
Industrial Kleigl Theater Spotlight Table Lamp Streamline, Midcentury
Industrial Kleigl Theater Spotlight Table Lamp Str...
Kleigl Bros.
Metal
Classic Mid-Century streamline small table lamp Kleigl theater spotlight on tripod base. Provides accent light in a period Industrial form. Head measures approximate 5" long and 5" tall...
Seguso Sommerso Flavio Poli Attributed Italian Murano Glass Table Lamp
Seguso Sommerso Flavio Poli Attributed Italian Mur...
Flavio Poli, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Glass
1950s Italian Murano glass table lamp. Design attributed to Flavio Poli for the Seguso Vitri D’Arte with finned Sommerso body and Avventurina swirl. Body of lamp approx. 16” tall and 5”...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for George Hanson Travertine Marble Table Lamp
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for George Hanson Travertin...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
Brass, Marble, Oak
Iconic early 1950s white travertine marble table lamp designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Manufactured by George Hanson lighting in various materials, this example with oak and brass fi...