Modern Design /28 March 2004


Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa

rare vitrine for the VII Triennale
Fontana Arte
Italy, c. 1939
elm, crystal, brass, mirror
32 w × 17 d × 60 h in (81 × 43 × 152 cm)

This finely crafted and detailed cabinet illustrates Ponti's architectural proportion and Fontana Arte's jeweled precision. The illuminated vitrine for the VII Triennale is a rare collaborative masterpiece of Italian furniture from the first half of the Twentieth Century. Fontana Arte's fine glasswork is exquisitely presented in the upper portion of the cabinet with beveled corners that surround the hinges. Signed on verso. Literature: Fontana Arte: Una Storia Transparente, Aulenti et al, pg. 80 illustrates the coffee table from this series Domus, March 1940, pg. 52

provenance: Christies East, Important Design November 1999, lot 97

estimate: $70,000–90,000

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