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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 562

    A SET OF FOUR ITALIAN POLYCHROME CERAMIC TILES

    DESIGNED BY GIO PONTI FOR RICHARD GINORI, CIRCA 1930

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR ITALIAN POLYCHROME CERAMIC TILES
    Designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, circa 1930
    Each square tile in giltwood frame, depicting a sleeping figure and variously titled, 'Il Giardiniere Stanco', and signed Gio Ponti; 'Lo Stanco Marinaio', 'Il Cacciatore Stanco', and a figure of a gentleman, untitled, signed Gio Ponti, each marked to the reverse 'Richard Ginori, S Cristoforo Milano, Made in Italy' numbered '45' and impressed initials 'RGM' (4)


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    Gio Ponti (1891-1979), industrial designer and architect, was born in Milan where his training as an architect was interrupted by the Great War. In 1923, after completing his degree, Ponti became art director for the ceramics manufacturer, Richard Ginori. Until 1930, he turned the company into a symbol of industrial design excellence by decorating simple ceramic forms with elegant neo-classical motifs. 'Industry is the style of the 20th century, its mode of creation,' wrote Ponti after winning the Grand Prix at the 1925 Paris Exhibition.

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