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


GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
A rare pair of armchairs, 1952
manufactured by I. S. A., Bergamo, Italy, walnut, brass, leather upholstery
each 41 high x 26 ¾ wide x 28 ¼ deep in. (104 x 68 x 72 cm.)
Wright 20, 9 December 2008, lot 144;
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Domus, no. 280, March 1953, n.p. for an advertisement of this design;
I. De Guttry and M. P. Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni Quaranta e Cinquanta, Rome-Bari, 1992, p. 237, fig. 24, for a period photo of this design.
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Lot Essay

The present model represents an elegant, sculptural evolution of the high-back lounge chairs, often featuring attenuated wings that Ponti began to develop towards the late 1930s. Unlike those precedents however, the present design reveals a lightness of touch that allows the upholstered elements, secured by brass pins, to float within a space delineated by the organically undulating profile of the carved walnut frame. Designed in 1952, the design acknowledges the craft of the Danish designers, Finn Juhl included, who exhibited the year prior at the prestigious Milan Triennale, however the structure’s fluid agility, anchored by dramatic wings, displays Ponti’s characteristic verve for stylish innovation.

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