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Gio Ponti Vases

Italian, 1891-1979
Italian, 1891-1979

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian modernism.

Ponti (1891–1979) designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers — and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.

The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus is reflected in his work: as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre. In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new; his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity. In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti — along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso — found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work. Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped Distex chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Colombo and others.

His signature furniture piece — the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere — is the sleek Superleggera chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their Architetturra series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

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1957 Spherical Flower Holder Silver Plated Metal by Gio Ponti for Christofle
By Gio Ponti, Christofle
Located in London, GB
This very elegant spherical flower holder was created by the great Italian designer Gio Ponti for Christofle Top luxury brand in 1957, models name "Mars". Silver plated metal with se...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Silver Plate

Gio Ponti Set of Two Ceramic Vases 1930, Richard Ginori San Cristoforo Milano
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of two colorful ceramic vases, designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Richard Ginori in the 1930s. Manufacturer brand stamped on the base. Measurement: Height 12.5 x diameter ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

Gio’ Ponti Vase Ceramic 1929 Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti vase ceramic 1929 Italy.
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

Vase by Gio Ponti Produced by Richard Ginori, Italy, 1928
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
White porcelain vase decorated with gold leaves on the sides, raised on an oval socle. The front of the vase decorated with Copia, the Goddess of Abundance. OUR REFERENCE N10100
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Porcelain

Spherical flower holder Mars Christofle Gallia Gio Ponti 1957
By Gio Ponti
Located in Antwerp, BE
A spherical flower holder in silver plated metal by the famous Italian designer Gio Ponti, created in 1957. This model is called Mars in the Christofle catalogue. With its lovely...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Vases

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Metal

Gio Ponti for Ginori Pair of Green Ceramic Little Vases, Italy 1930s
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Naples, IT
Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori - San Cristoforo, Pair of little vases, 1930s. Green ceramic, Richard Ginori brand under the base - Made in Italy and numbers in black.
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1930s Albanian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Designed Vase for Paolo De Poli
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Hudson, NY
Battuto hand-hammered copper conical vessel enameled in mottled colors. Stamped and signed to the underside with an old Gumps paper label.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Copper

1930s Gio Ponti for Nino Ferrari Art Deco Italian Copper Vase
By Nino Ferrari, Gio Ponti
Located in Brescia, IT
Wrought copper vase "Nino Ferrari" engraved on the base Perfect condition.
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Copper

Gio Ponti by Christofle Vase/ Sculpture
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A silver plated architecturally inspired table object. Signed Original unpolished state.
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1950s French Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Silver Plate

Opaque Green Italian Enamelled Ceramic Vase by Gio Ponti 20th Century Design
By Gio Ponti, Richard-Ginori Lavenite
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gio Ponti (1891-1979). Ceramic vase Manufactured by Richard Ginori Italy, 1931. Modelled ceramic and enameled in opaque green. Measurements: 23 ø cm x 15 H cm. 7,87 ø inc...
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1930s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

Gio’ Ponti Richard Ginori Vase Ceramic, 1930, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio’ Ponti Richard Ginori vase ceramic, 1930, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Other Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti Richard Ginori Vase Ceramic Gold Red, 1940, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio Ponti Richard Ginori vase ceramic gold red 1940 Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

GIO PONTI Glass Decanter [Venini Incalmo] Vessel
By Gio Ponti
Located in Hawthorne, CA
An objet d'art from Venini Incalmo glass decanter designed by Gio Ponti, Italian, 20th century. A beautiful slender glass decanter vessel to embellish your decor. Deepest colour sche...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Vases

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Glass

Gio Ponti Ceramic Vase or Urn for Richard Ginori, Signed
By Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This an amazing neoclassic ceramic vase shape by the well known designer Gio Ponti and made for the very well know maker Richard Ginori, This is a 1960s-1970s ceramic, signed as shown.
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Art Deco Ponti-esque Vase with Abstracted Tassel-form Handles
By Gio Ponti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Clearly designed by Ponti or a close follower in the late 1920s, this vase features flaring, tassel-form handles and is decorated with Italian peasants carrying baskets of food, flan...
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Early 20th Century Italian Gio Ponti Vases

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Ceramic

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Gio Ponti Vases for sale on 1stDibs.

Gio Ponti Vases are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gio Ponti Vases collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original Vases by Gio Ponti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Vases by Richard Ginori Vases, Paolo Venini Vases and Dino Martens Vases. The prices for Gio Ponti Vases can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,054 and tops out at $14,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,500 on average..