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Giò Ponti

Proteo table lamp

Giò Ponti

Giò Ponti

Proteo table lamp

Proteo table lamp

Rare Proteo table lamp

designed in 1967

lacquered steel and brass

Paper label with handwriting SAGIM Art 5242 N / 72.000 to the underside covered by transparent sellotape

Sagim edition, Italy

32,5 x 36,5 x 21 cm; 12 13/16 x 14 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.

Very good overall condition.

Rotation of the inner lampshade through one of the side brass knobs allows modulation of the light. Lacquer lacks in several points particularly along the edges; traces of oxidation mainly to the top of the lamp as well as to the brass elements; small traces of rust to the tiered sheet metal shade elements and slight dents to the right side of the lamp. Three round felt pads still present and three missing to the underside. All consistent with normal use and age, not visually distracting.

Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.

Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot (Si prega di notare che l'articolo 11 delle Condizioni Generali di Vendita (Online Only) non è applicabile per questo lotto)

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

Private collection, Italy

This rare lamp is one of only a few known existent examples of Gio Ponti’s Proteo lamp. The elegant arcs of the tiered sheet metal shade elements provide a soft gradual dispersal of light and gracefully echo the curved arm of the vivid base. Executed in the late 1960s, the lamp is an example of Ponti’s architectonic forms and is an important model produced by Sagim, a small lighting company in the Veneto region, Italy.

The lot is sold together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives