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Pair of Gio Ponti Black Walnut Lacquered Side Tables from Hotel Royal Naples

$11,829.03per set


Pair of luggage-racks, side tables designed by Gio Ponti and executed by Giordano Chiesa for the Hotel Royal, Naples, 1955 in 2005 arch. Cristina Longo used original items from Hotel Royal in Naples and she has made 10 limited editon pair of stands in black lacquered for a private residence in Rome, Italy ( pubblished in AD ITALY, march 2010) Italian lacquered walnut, brass. Brass details: Handles, foot and seven sections on top (each Stand) this version is with three horizontal slats in the Sub-shelfs and different brass sabots limted edition: n. 10 of 10 Measures: Height 65 cm; 65x 42 cm, height without handle 51,5 cm These items comes directly form the original furniture of the Hotel in Naples (original Hotel Royal invoice). Sold with a copy of a letter of authentication from Lisa Licitra Ponti. a pair of luggage racks from the same private provenience (compendio gallery) was sold in London at Philips Auction in Important design Auction in 21/03/2019 at £30.000 Literature: Fabrizio Mautone Gio Ponti la committenza Fernandest; Electa Napoli 2009 pag 43 and 46. Exhibition: Camere D'Artista: Italian Design 1930-1960, 24 July - 14 September 2014, Villa Bertelli Forte dei Marmi, Lu, Italy.The exhibition was curated by the owner of the collection and the ceo of Compendio Gallery Centoventi Gio Ponti designer senza Tempo Parma - 26 February - 6 March 2011. The exhibition was curated by the owner of the collection and the ceo of Compendio Gallery Gio Ponti design made in Italy: Arredi d'albergo degli anno 1950 e 1960. Parma - Mercantinfiera - 24 September - 2 October 2005.The exhibition was curated by the owner of the collection and the ceo of Compendio Gallery Architectural Digest AD, Italy edition, March 2010 for the same item pubblished (without the brass section on top). House of the same owner of the collection, ceo of Compendio Gallery.


  • Creator
    Giordano Chiesa (Cabinetmaker),Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.6 in. (65 cm)Width: 25.6 in. (65 cm)Depth: 16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. the pair of side tables were laquered in 2005 by Arch. Cristina Longo.
  • Seller Location
    Rome, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU950020826212

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About Gio Ponti (Designer)

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.

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