Gio Ponti Portrait on Perspex of "Le Gemelle", Late 1960 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

Gio Ponti Portrait on Perspex of "Le Gemelle", Late 1960


Gio Ponti ( 18 November 1891 – 16 September 1979 ), Portrait on Perspex "Le Gemelle" , Late 1960. This painting was inspired by a letter to Ilaria Borletti in Italy toward the end of 1960. Please see attached image: The Borletti letter is reproduced next to the Perspex painting authentication documents. Reference: Lisa Licitra Ponti authenticated document is available upon request. Book title : 100 lettere di Gio Ponti


  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 10.45 in. x W 11.80 in. x D 0.40 in.

    H 26.55 cm x W 29.98 cm x D 1.02 cm

  • Seller location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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 2013
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Stamford, CT
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Roman Views by Ettore Ascenzi Dated, 1900
Italian Paintings
Pair of Roman views watercolors of the Spanish steps and the arch of Titus with children playing in the foreground. Signed Ettore Ascenzi and dated, 1900 Framed measurements 31...
Italian Neapolitan Gouache Views
Italian Paintings
Paper, Gouache
Pair of 19th century Italian Neapolitan views, gouache on paper.
Pair of Late 19th Century Italian View of Rome
Italian Paintings
Pair of late 19th century Italian water colors and black ink on paper views of Rome. The first one a view of the "Tiber River with the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini". The sec...
Gio Ponti "Modern Crystal Vase", circa 1970
Gio Ponti
Italian Vases
Gio Ponti (18 November 1891–16 September 1979) "Modern Crystal Vase", circa 1970. Signed Reference: Lisa Licitra Ponti authenticated document is available upon request
You May Also Like
Gio Ponti a Decorative Panel Hand-Painted in Ac...
Gio Ponti
Italian Paintings
Made for department stores Shui-Hing in Hong Kong, early 1970s. (See certification attached by Luisa Licitra Ponti). Provenance: Apartment of Gio Ponti in Via Dezza, 49 Milian, publ...
Gio Ponti A Decorative Panel in Perspex Hand-Pa...
Gio Ponti
Italian Paintings
Made for department stores Shui-Hing in Hong Kong early 1970s. (see certification attached by Luisa Licitra Ponti). Provenance: Apartment of Gio Ponti in Via Dezza, 49 Milian, publi...
Rare Pair of Signed Gio Ponti Polychrome Tiles
Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Italian Decorative Art
Ceramic, Gold Leaf, Walnut
Two framed ceramic tiles, "Il Raccolto" and "Il Trasporto," designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, circa 1930. Each is signed Gio Ponti and marked to reverse "Richard Ginori, S Cr...
Portrait of Woman on Dunes with Horses Oil Pain...
North American Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil portrait of a woman in profile, gazing pensively into the distance; against a background of dunes and horses grazing. Beautifully framed in dark bronze wood with band of cerulean...
Set of Six Ceramic Tiles by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Italian Decorative Art
Rare set of 6 ceramic tiles by Gio Ponti. Part of the "Ermione" collection, this set shows traditional works of the countryside.
Vintage Portrait of Lady in Blue and Pink on Ca...
American Paintings
Canvas, Wood
Portrait of lady in pink with blue background. Woman in adorned with a white flower and blue ribbon details. This piece is framed in a wooden frame. Beautiful for any gallery wall. P...
Worn and Cracked Fantasia Italiana Gio Ponti Pl...
Gio Ponti, Pozzi-Ginori
Italian Decorative Art
Beautiful patina, wonderful wall art.
Yves de Saint Front 20th Century Oil on Canvas ...
Yves de Saint Front
French Paintings
Canvas, Paint
A post expressionist style oil on canvas of the Port of Marseille by the French artist Yves de Saint Front. Born in Paris in 1928, he died in 2011. Studied under the Cubist painter J...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries