Gio Ponti 1891–1979

Gio Ponti excelled at painting as a child and expressed a fervent interest in the arts. Feeling that a career in architecture was preferable to that of a painter, Ponti’s parents encouraged him to pursue the former and in 1914 he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. His studies were interrupted by war, and in 1915 he was forced to postpone his education. He served as a captain in the Pontonier Corps until 1919, earning multiple military honors. After graduating in 1921, Ponti married Giulia Vimercati, the daughter of local aristocracy and started an architecture firm. During this time, Ponti aligned himself with the neoclassical movement, Novecento and championed a revival of the arts and culture. In 1928, Ponti founded Domus, a periodical tailored to artists and designers, as well as the broader public. A shift occurred in the 1930s when Ponti took up a teaching post at his alma mater, the Politecnico di Milano. In search of new methods to express Italian modernity, Ponti distanced himself from the sentiments of Novecento and sought to reconcile art and industry. Together with the engineers, Eugenio Soncini and Antonio Fornaroli, Ponti enjoyed great success in the industrial sector, securing various commissions throughout Italy. In the 1950s, he gained international fame with the design of the Pirelli Tower in Milan and he was asked to be a part of the urban renewal of Baghdad, collaborating with top architects from around the world. His 1957 book, Amate l’architettura, is considered to be a microcosm of his work —an incredible legacy spanning art, architecture, industrial design, publishing and academia.

Auction Results Gio Ponti

GIO PONTI, Diamond silverware | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Diamond silverware

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,160
GIO PONTI, Il Circo plates, set of twelve | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Il Circo plates, set of twelve

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000
GIO PONTI, Lamp Base With Scissors | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Lamp Base With Scissors

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,625
GIO PONTI, Vase With Boxing Scenes | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Vase With Boxing Scenes

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,375
GIO PONTI, Flaring Vase | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Flaring Vase

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,250
GIO PONTI, Two Tiles | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Two Tiles

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $2,750
GIO PONTI, Small Le Mie Terre Vase | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Small Le Mie Terre Vase

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $5,000
GIO PONTI, 63-piece sterling silver five-piece flatware set for twelve in the Diamond pattern | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

63-piece sterling silver five-piece flatware set for twelve in the Diamond pattern

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $15,000
GIO PONTI, Italy | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Italy

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $25,000
GIO PONTI, 82-piece sterling silver six-piece Diamond flatware set for twelve | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

82-piece sterling silver six-piece Diamond flatware set for twelve

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $7,500
GIO PONTI, Piume (Feathers) vase | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Piume (Feathers) vase

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,375
GIO PONTI, Fine and large plaque (Framed) | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Fine and large plaque (Framed)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,063
GIO PONTI, Fine and rare statue | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Fine and rare statue

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,063
GIO PONTI, Dresser (model 2129) | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Dresser (model 2129)

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $23,750
GIO PONTI, Pair of nightstands and headboard | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Pair of nightstands and headboard

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $8,750
GIO PONTI, Extension dining table | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Extension dining table

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,000
GIO PONTI, 137-piece sterling silver five-piece Diamond flatware set for twenty-four | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

137-piece sterling silver five-piece Diamond flatware set for twenty-four

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
GIO PONTI, Autumn plate from The Seasons series | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Autumn plate from The Seasons series

estimate: $300–500
result: $2,340
GIO PONTI, Balletto (Hommage to the Snob) covered vessel | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Balletto (Hommage to the Snob) covered vessel

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $10,625
GIO PONTI, Desk from the Administrative Offices, Forlì | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Desk from the Administrative Offices, Forlì

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $7,500
GIO PONTI, Bilia lamp, model 2474 | ragoarts.com

Gio Ponti

Bilia lamp, model 2474

estimate: $600–800
result: $4,063