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GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
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GIO PONTI (1891-1979)

A Rare and Important Low Table

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GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
A Rare and Important Low Table
curly maple veneer, walnut, painted wood, glass top
18 ¾ high x 43 ½ long x 19 in. wide (47.5 x 110 x 48 cm.)

Designed and executed circa 1953-1954

This lot is sold with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives, Milan.
Provenance
Count Francesco de Benedetti, Piacenza.
Thence by descent.
Private Collection.
Anon. sale, Wright Chicago, 6 June 2013, lot 226.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
Other examples of this model illustrated:
A. Bangert, Italienisches Möbeldesign: Klassiker von 1945-1985, Munich 1989, p. 129.
L. Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London 1990, p. 166 (projects for Furnished Windows).
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Lot Essay

This rare table is from an experimental hand-crafted edition conceived by Ponti around 1953 and equates as a representation of the numerous preoccupations that guided the architect's rationale in the immediate post-war period of Italian reconstruction. The existence of four such tables has been recorded, each exhibiting subtle variation of surface through use of contrasting veneers and shaded areas to emphasise scale, density and transparency. The origin of this distinctive, refined design can be traced to Ponti’s studies for a Furnished Window (1953-1954), which featured a maquette of a conforming design, that is supported by a sketch (reference no. 07045) retained in the Gio Ponti Archives, Milan. The present example, which features an attractively figured curly maple veneer to the top surface, is accented by a dark stained finish to the wall of the aperture that serves to emphasise the visual weightlessness of the form. Stylistically, the anthropomorphic agility of the structure, with shaped underside supported on angled, tapering uprights, reveals a fascination with aero-dynamism that is consistent throughout Ponti's work as an architect, decorator and industrial designer during this early, crucial period. Furthermore, Ponti's explorations of the effects of contrasting yet complimentary surfaces is paralleled by his skilful mastery of solids and voids to create positive and negative space, both aspects that reveal Ponti's alignment with the prevailing tendencies in contemporary art and sculpture.

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