Gio Ponti

Fascination for Ceramics

  • Edited by Dario Matteoni
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 160
  • Illustrations 149
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2011
  • ISBN 9788836620647
  • Price € 25,00
  •   Out of print

The ceramics realized by Gio Ponti (Milan, 1891–1979) for the manufacturer Richard-Ginori between 1923 and 1930 unfold, like in a novel or a story. In fact, through some of the better known “families”, such as the Classic Conversation, My Women or Hunting, this architect displays a figurative repertoire unique for its innovation, even though composed in skilful comparison and dialogue with the ancient.
A showcase of shapely women resting upon classical architecture or enveloped by tufts of clouds, animals in flight, clowns, boats sailing upon rough, wave-filled seas. All can be traced back to a story ambience: each object appears like a miniature mise-en-scène that suggests suspended modernity, just like the characters of this evocative fable.


Gio Ponti’s ceramics from sculpture to the city
Pietro Petraroia

Gio Ponti, a suspended modernity
Dario Matteoni

Gio Ponti, “a neoclassic of Milan”. Between Richard-Ginori and the Monza Biennials
Giacinta Cavagna di Gualdana