200 Lexington Ave New York City, NY 10016 United States 646.293.6633
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$ 29,000

Set of Four Rare Leather Dining Chairs

Documentation Signed
Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials walnut, leather
W. 19.5 in; H. 33 in; D. 19.5 in;
W. 49.53 cm; H. 83.82 cm; D. 49.53 cm;
Condition Good. fully restored and newly reupholstered
Number of Pieces 4-5
Description Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina for Altamira, New York, a rare set of four dining chairs model AP 1676, circa 1953. These beautifully sculptural chairs have architectural walnut frames and are newly upholstered in a sumptuous light camel leather, with original Altamira label affixed to inside of upholstered seat on one of the chairs.

In Caracas, Ponti was given "freedom of invention" to accomplish one of his masterpieces: the Villa Planchart (1953–1957), a house conceived and designed as a large-scale sculpture and immersed in a tropical garden. This model chair is pictured in the living room of this home (last image) which exhibits Ponti's deft use of light, color and geometry.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
200 Lex Booth Number 47
Book References Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 205 and 231 for similar model Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 170 Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano degli anni '40 e '50
Catalog References Gio Ponti, oggetti di design 1925-1970, exh. cat., Galleria Babuino Novecento, Rome, 2007, pp. 24-25, 76 Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. 20
Dealer Reference Number PON105
Incollect Reference Number 324928
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