An Exploratory Form

Ponti's Ovoid Tables

During the early 1950s, Gio Ponti was exploring the development of an ovoid table form with three legs; in studies for the Furnished Window (1953-1954), Ponti includes a maquette of an ovular table with a rounded underside while a sketch from the Gio Ponti archives (reference no. 07045) shows a similar form with a sculptural void in the center. This rare coffee table is one of only a few examples created, each featuring subtle variations, as Ponti refined his design. Due to the complex nature of the form and the fabrication costs involved, this table was never put into production.


Furnished Window, 1953-1954


Drawing from the Gio Ponti Archive, reference no. 07045

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.

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Auction Results Gio Ponti

GIO PONTI, Room from the 9th Triennale of Milan 1951 | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Room from the 9th Triennale of Milan 1951

estimate: $300,000–400,000
result: $324,000
GIO PONTI, custom coffee table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

custom coffee table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $170,500
GIO PONTI, rare sofa for Palazzo Liviano, University of Padova | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

rare sofa for Palazzo Liviano, University of Padova

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $161,000
GIO PONTI, coffee table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas, Venezuela | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

coffee table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas, Venezuela

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $156,000
GIO PONTI, pair of Diamond armchairs from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

pair of Diamond armchairs from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan

estimate: $30,000–35,000
result: $144,000
GIO PONTI, custom coffee table from Via Dezza 49 | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

custom coffee table from Via Dezza 49

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $134,400
GIO PONTI, executive desk | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

executive desk

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $132,000
GIO PONTI, pair of Diamond lounge chairs from Via Dezza 49 | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

pair of Diamond lounge chairs from Via Dezza 49

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $132,000
GIO PONTI, coffee table | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

coffee table

estimate: $100,000–125,000
result: $132,000
GIO PONTI, Rare lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Rare lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $131,000
GIO PONTI, Rare and Important coffee table | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Rare and Important coffee table

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $125,000
GIO PONTI, Diamond sofa from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Diamond sofa from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $120,000
GIO PONTI, Diamond sofa from Via Dezza 49 | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Diamond sofa from Via Dezza 49

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $114,000
GIO PONTI, executive desk | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

executive desk

estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $106,200
GIO PONTI, pair of Diamond lounge chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

pair of Diamond lounge chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $100,900
GIO PONTI, rare Diamond dining table | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

rare Diamond dining table

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $100,000
GIO PONTI, vessel from the Classical Conversation series | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

vessel from the Classical Conversation series

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $96,000
GIO PONTI, pair of lounge chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

pair of lounge chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $92,500
GIO PONTI, custom armchairs, pair | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

custom armchairs, pair

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $90,000
GIO PONTI, set of eight dining chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

set of eight dining chairs from Villa Arreaza, Caracas

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $86,500
GIO PONTI, rare coffee table | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

rare coffee table

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $80,500
GIO PONTI, important dining table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

important dining table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $80,500
GIO PONTI, Diamond sofa from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

Diamond sofa from the Lisa Ponti residence, Milan

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $80,400
GIO PONTI, desk | wright20.com

Gio Ponti

desk

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $78,000