LARGE, TOP-NOTCH CERAMIC HAND DESIGNED BY GIO PONTI IN THE FIFTIES ( 1950 'S ) FOR RICHARD GINORI, ITALY. EXCELLENT CONDITION. MARKED '7 1/2 RICHARD GINORI'. A LOVELY 'SCULPTURE' AND COLLECTOR'S PIECE OF DESIGN.MEASUREMENTS: HEIGHT 40 CM (15.748 INCH; GIO PONTI (1891 - 1979) worked in architecture and design in the 1920's, designing ceramics. His extraordinary career realized the birth of modern classic design. Not only did he inspire and define it, in theory and in practice, his extensive portfolio lives on. His contributions to modern design are vast, unique and make him "the father of modern design." RICHARD GINORI: I n 1923, instead of practising as an architect, GIO PONTI becomes artistic director of Richard Ginori, the ceramics manufacturer for which he wins the 'Grand Prix' at the 1925 Paris Expo.
From 1923 to 1930, he turnes the company into a role model
of Industrial Design excellence by decorating simple ceramic forms with elegant neo-classical motifs.
'Industry is the style of the 20th century, its mode of creation,' are Ponti's words. A noted Novecento architect, Gio Ponti graduated with a degree in architecture in 1921 from the Milan Polytechnic, and set up a studio with the architects Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia in Milan. Later, he went into partnership with Lancia ... read more