Unique and important cabinet in limed oak with reverse painted glass panels designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Fontana Arte, Italy ca 1939 (stamped "FX 1285" on back). Has 2 pull out trays and interior is lined in linoleum. Side cabinets are illuminated. This cabinet is extraordinary and a fine example of both Gio Ponti's and Fontana Arte's superlative work.
Private Collection Italy;
Christies New York, December 7 2001, lot 471;
Acquired from the above sale by last owner.
F. Deboni, Fontana Arte: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand, Turin 2012, this piece is featured on page 175, along with a drawing of the motif shown on the doors
Ponti, Lisa Licitra, Gio Ponti, The Complete Work 1923-1978, page 226 shows the cabinet's decorative motif on the doors used as a wall mural for an entrance hall in a Mediterranean villa (from Domus).
H: 58.5 inches
W: 65 inches
D: 18 inches
Condition: Very Good - no chips or damage to glass, small amount of wear to wood consistent with age