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    Sale 1942

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    18 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 208

    GIO PONTI (1891-1979) AND TOMMASO BUZZI (1900-1981)

    A GLAZED AND PARCEL-GILT CERAMIC THREE-PART CENTERPIECE 'TRIONFO DA TAVOLA', 1926-27

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    GIO PONTI (1891-1979) AND TOMMASO BUZZI (1900-1981)
    A Glazed and Parcel-Gilt Ceramic Three-Part Centerpiece 'Trionfo da Tavola', 1926-27
    comprising Italia, Delfino con bimbo and Cavallo Marino
    the largest element 14 in. (35.5 cm.) high, 10 7/8 in. (27.8 cm.) wide, 4¼ in. (10.9 cm.) deep
    each piece marked Richard-Ginori Made in Italy, the two bases of the smaller elements also stamped 29=6 Richard Ginori (3)


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    The present centerpiece is a rare example of a collaboration between Gio Ponti and Tommaso Buzzi. Conceived for the Italian embassies abroad, it was manufactured in a small series in 1926-27. The main part of this centerpiece is the figure of Italia, seated on a large shell. The complete composition comprises numerous other additional smaller pieces, two of which are included in the present lot.

    One copy of the complete centerpiece is in the collection of the Museo Ginori in Doccia, Italy.

    cf. Gio Ponti ceramiche 1923-1930 Le opere del Museo Ginori di Doccia, Florence, 1983, pp. 23, 85-89.