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Gio Ponti Black Lacquered Vanity Desk Table Two Drawers from Hotel PdP Roma 1965



Elegant and rare Gio Ponti black toilette, vanity table - dressing table produced by Giordano Chiesa for the Hotel Parco Dei Principi in Rome, 1965 Black lacquered Italian ash, brass, two drawers Measures: H 75cm, 95 x 47 cm; top: 45 x 95 cm copy of original invoice of the Parco dei Principi Hotel is available on request Sold with a copy of a letter of authentication from Lisa Licitra Ponti. Architect Cristina Longo laquared in black in 2005's the original Gio Ponti vanity toilette for a private commision in Rome in limited edition of 10. This vanity is the n. 10. From the original version the formica on the top and on the drawers has been removed before laquering. Provenance: Hotel Parco dei Principi Roma, Private collection, Rome Exhibited: Centoventi Gio Ponti: Designer Senza Tempo, 26 February - 6 March 2011, Mercanteinfiera, Parma ( exhibition curated by the owner of the collection). the item is pubblished on the cover of the invitation Architectural Digest AD, italian edition, march 2010, cover (published in the background in the house of the owner of the collection). CAMERE D'ARTISTA italian design 1930-1960 Villa Bertelli Forte dei Marmi ,Lucca Italy 24 july-14 sept. 2014. Literature: Gio Ponti: L'Arte Si Innamora Dell'Industria, La Pietra, ppg. 365, 367; Domus, no. 317, April 1956, no. 318, May 1956, and no. 325, December 1956, for a Dassi advertisement Fabrizio Mautone "Gio Ponti LA COMMITTENZA FERNANDES" Electa Napoli 2009 pag.14,39,48,49.


  • Creator
    Gio Ponti (Designer),Giordano Chiesa (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Width: 37.41 in. (95 cm)Depth: 18.51 in. (47 cm)
  • 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 vanity was laquered in 2005 by Arch. Cristina Longo. Before laquering the formica from the top and the drawers has been removed. Little signs on the top.
  • Seller Location
    Rome, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU950020826802

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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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