If there was ever any doubt that Gio Ponti was one of the most prolific artists and designers of all time, taking a look at his flatware should put the question to rest. Ponti may be best remembered as an architect, and is also well known for his furniture designs. However, Ponti didn’t stop there. The very fact that he created silverware as well demonstrates his unending dedication to detail. Viewing his life’s work, one might wonder if there is anything in the world Ponti did not redesign to his own standards.
Many of Ponti’s original silverware patterns are out of production, making them highly coveted items. As with most collector’s pieces, a more complete set demands a higher price. Some serving pieces are quite rare, and when they turn up at auction will attract quite a bit of attention and a flurry of excitement. Gio Ponti silverware is often included in museum exhibitions and continues to attract admiration from art enthusiasts.
The Diamond collection, produced by Reed and Barton of Italy in 1958, is a classic example of Ponti silverware. Composed of stainless steel and silver with plastic accents, the set included seven piece service for twelve, eighteen serving pieces, and coordinating salt and pepper shakers. A complete set of Ponti’s silverware such as this one is highly valued as a collector’s item, reflecting Ponti’s enduring popularity amongst art enthusiasts. In fact, this particular set recently commanded an impressive price of 27,550 US dollars at auction. The streamlined design with unexpected touches of color (the black plastic on serving pieces) is consistent with Ponti’s classic style.
On the other end of the price spectrum are recently re-released patterns by Ponti. Popular retailers such as Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond carry these new, mass-produced items. For example, a 5-piece place setting from the Sambonet-Rosenthal line retails for 84.99 US dollars. These are not considered collectors items, of course, as they are commonly found in stores all over the world. What is remarkable about them is the endurance of Ponti’s designs. The very fact that the popularity of his creations persists well into this century demonstrates the extent of Ponti’s talent. While fashion trends in home furnishings come and go, products created by Gio Ponti never seem to go out of style.