• 20th Century Decorative Art &  auction at Christies

    Sale 7838

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    21 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    GIO PONTI (1891-1979)

    AN IMPORTANT AND MONUMENTAL LE FUNI URN, 1927

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    GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
    AN IMPORTANT AND MONUMENTAL LE FUNI URN, 1927
    produced by Richard Ginori, painted and glazed earthenware, with applied handles (old damages)
    18 7/8 in. (48 cm.) high; 16 1/8 in. (40.5 cm.) approx. diameter
    painted signature Gio Ponti 1927 to rim, underside with painted Ginori, 985, Made in Italy, and with remnants of paper label 985/214...


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    Gio Ponti conceived this décor specifically for this vase form in the summer of 1926, and in a letter dated 13th August 1926 he noted, ...having approved on the 4th of this month the decoration of the large vase with ropes, please arrange its execution for I could see it accomplished at the end of this month; We need to have two of these vases ready for a symmetric display at the Exhibition. Ponti is referring to the III Monza Triennale, 1927, in which a pair of vases were exhibited.
    Two other examples of this design are known. One, originally in the Lauro collection, is now in a private collection in Verona, the second is in a private collection in Genoa.

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    Provenance

    Private Collection, Italy, Private Collection, Canada; thence by descent


    Literature

    L. Manna, Gio Ponti, Le Maioliche, Milan, 2000, pp. 206-207, cat. no. 73 (example illustrated)


    Exhibited

    A pair of vases of this design were exhibited at the III Biennale, Monza, 1927.