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Fontana Arte (Italy)

Best known for its elegant and innovative lighting pieces, the Milan-based firm Fontana Arte pioneered one of the key features of 20th-century and contemporary Italian design: the union of artistry and industry wrought by partnerships between creative talents — chiefly architects — and entrepreneurial businesses. Fontana Arte is further distinguished by having had as artistic director, in succession, four of Italy’s most inventive modernist designers: Giò Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, French transplant Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti.


The bread and butter of the glassmaking company that Luigi Fontana founded in 1881 was plate-glass panels for the construction industry. In 1930, Fontana met Ponti — then the artistic director of the Richard-Ginori ceramics workshop and the editor of the influential magazine Domus— at a biannual design exhibition that became the precursor to today’s Milan Design Triennale, and the two hatched an idea for a furniture and housewares firm. Fontana Arte was incorporated in 1932 with Ponti as its chief of design. He contributed several lamps that remain among the company’s signature works, including the orb-atop-cone Bilia table lamp and the 0024 pendant — a stratified hanging sphere. 


The following year, Fontana Arte partnered with the influential Milan studio glassmaker and retailer Pietro Chiesa, who took over as artistic director. Chiesa’s designs for lighting — as well as for tables and items including vases and ashtrays — express an appreciation for fluidity and simplicity of line, as seen in works such as his flute-shaped Luminator floor lamp and the 1932 Fontana table — an arched sheet of glass that is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art


Six years after Chiesa’s 1948 death, the École des Beaux Arts–trained Max Ingrand took over as head of design at Fontana Arte. Ingrand brought a similarly expressive formal sensibility to wares such as lamps and mirrors, but he also had a masterful eye for the manipulation of glass surfaces — whether they be cut, frosted, acid-etched or sand-blasted. His classic design is the Fontana table lamp of 1954, which has a truncated cone shade and curved body, both of which are made of pure, chic white-frosted glass. 


Following Ingrand, the often-audacious Italian architect Gae Aulenti served as the company’s artistic director from 1979 to 1996, and while she generally insisted that furnishings take second place aesthetically to architecture, she made an exception for Fontana Arte pieces such as the Tavolo con Ruote series of glass coffee and dining tables on wheels, bold lighting pieces such as the Parola series and the Giova, a combination flower vase and table lamp. As a key incubator of modern design under Aulenti’s tenure, Fontana Arte remained true to its long-held commitment — creating objects that have never been less than daring.


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Fontana Arte Style Chandelier
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte style chandelier. Made with brass and glass. Italy, 1960s.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 31 in. Dm 22.5 in.
Fontana Arte style lantern
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte style lantern. Italy 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 29 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Fontana Arte Style Chandelier
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
A smoked glass three bulb chandelier in the style of Fontana Arte, with three glass circles each with a diameter of 12" that holds up to 180 watts. Measurement does not include chain...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Fontana Arte style ceiling pendant
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte style ceiling pendant. Italy 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Chandelier Fontana Arte Style, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Made of brass and solid stainless steel it keeps the lines incredible elegance. The glasses in the Classic Verde Nilo color give the lights a fascinating effect.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Fontana Arte Style Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Italian midcentury ceiling light reminiscent of the work of Fontana Arte. The top concave glass is clear with beveled edges, the second has stunning texture and the third is white wi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Lovely Chandelier Fontana Arte Style, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Made of brass and solid stainless steel it keeps the lines incredible elegance. The glasses in the classic Verde Nilo color give the lights a fascinating effect.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Fontana Arte Style Smoked Glass Pendant
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Italian satin brass framed pendant chandelier with six smoked glass panels. Pendant houses three-light sources and has been rewired for use in the USA. Lantern body measu...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lovely Chandelier Fontana Arte Style, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Rome, IT
Made of brass and solid stainless steel it keeps the lines incredible elegance. The glasses in the Classic verde nilo color give the lights a fascinating effect.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Fontana Arte Style Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1980s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Hanging lamp, Fontana Arte style, Italy, 1980s. Curved blue transparent glass. Measures: Height 80", diameter 28".
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Late 20th Century Austrian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Fontana Arte Style Modernist Nickel Fire Tools
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Modernist set of polished nickel fire tools in polished nickel on a glass base. On display at 200 Lexington Avenue, 10th floor.
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20th Century American Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots

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Nickel

Fontana Arte Style Frosted Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1960
By Fontana Arte
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Italian 1960s chandelier with bold Fontana Arte style 25 thick slabs of partly frosted glass, each 24cm (9.5 in). Each of these slabs is hand-cut and hand-chipped. Holds four bulbs. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Cut-Glass Sputnik in Fontana Arte Style, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Built around a chrome frame with 76 thick chiseled crystal glass segments. Each glass is worked "hammered," this is not imperfections but just the characteristic of this process.
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Late 20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair Fontana Arte Style "Broken Glass" Wall Sconces
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Italian "broken glass" wall sconces in the style of Fontana Arte. Chrome plated backplates. Sconce uses t2 - 40 watt max candelabra base bulbs. Newly wired for US. 9" H X ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Fontana Arte Style Brass and Glass Fireplace Tools
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Modernist set of polished brass fireplace tools on a thick glass platform which supports the brass Stand, in the style of Fontana Arte.
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20th Century American Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots

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Brass

Italian Fontana Arte Style Hall Entry Glass Pendant
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian moderne hall or entry pendant light in the manner of Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. Etched glass panels are suspended on brass frame. Fixture uses 2 - 40 watt max candelabr...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Lanterns

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Brass

1950s Glass and Brass Coffee Table Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
1950s glass and brass coffee table Fontana Arte style. Wonderful etched glass top, brass legs.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Trio of Fontana Arte Style "Broken Glass" Wall Sconces
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Three Italian "broken glass" wall sconces in the style of Fontana Arte. Chrome-plated backplates. Each sconce uses 2 - 40 watt max candelabra base bulbs. Newly wired for US. Measu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Fontana Arte Style Italian Mid-Century Modern Pendant Light
By Fontana Arte
Located in Miami, FL
Italian architectural mid-century modern pendant chandelier. Comprised of dual teardrop shades in gray and green glass. Four sided chrome frame, has original diamond link chain with...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

1960s Italian Design Crystal Key Fontana Arte Style Paperweight
By Fontana Arte
Located in Brescia, IT
Rare crystal key paperweight Perfect condiction.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Crystal

Pair of Murano Glass Fontana Arte Style Vintage Sconces
By Fontana Arte
Located in Austin, TX
This incredible pair of sconces are made of chunky crystal like slabs of vintage Murano glass in the stye of Fontana Arte, circa 1970. The edges of each piece are polished and uneven...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Brutalist Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Stunning Floor Lamp Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Polished steel floor lamp in the style of Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Beautiful Mid-Century Glass Chandelier, Fontana Arte Style, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Italian modernist glass pendant from the 1960s in the style of Fontana Arte. Five green/grey and curved glass panels on a chrome-plated five-arm frame. In very good condi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Pair of Italian Fontana Arte Style Broken Glass Wall Sconces
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of rare Italian thick oval "broken glass" technique wall sconces in the style of Fontana Arte. Each sconce uses a single candelabra B base bulb. Newly wired for US.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Fontana Arte Style Chandelier from Fumed and Opaline Glass, Italy, 1970
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, AT
Fontana Arte style flying saucer chandelier from fumed and opaline glass, Italy, 1970. Elegant floating amber glass lighting fixture with opaline shade hanging from three brass strin...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Articulated Italian Appliques Chromed Metal and Opal Glass Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Articulated Italian appliques chromed metal and opal glass. Fontana Arte style, Italy, 1970s Two pieces available.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Chrome

Articulated Italian Appliques Chromed Metal and Opal Glass Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Articulated Italian appliques chromed metal and opal glass. Fontana arte style. Italy 1970s Four pieces available.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Chrome

Fontana Arte Style Pendant Lamp with Murano Glass in Excellent Condition
By Fontana Arte
Located in Berlin, DE
High quality Fontana Arte style pendant lamp with eight heavy and thick glass pieces in brown and clear. One E27. To be on the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally by a spec...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Fontana Arte Style Glass and Brass Coat Rack
By Fontana Arte, Cristal Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful mirrored coat rack in the style of Fontana Arte and Cristal Art. Delicate slatted glass shelf rods and four hooks provide an elegant and proper source for storage. Two ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Octagonal Diamond Chandelier Lantern Brass and Glass Fontana Arte Style, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Rome, IT
Diamond-shaped chandelier lantern in a brass and glass structure in the style of the Italian designer house Fontana Arte. Made in Italy, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Fontana Arte Style Glass and Brass Coat or Hat Rack
By Fontana Arte
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is the largest mirrored coat rack in the style of Fontana Arte with glass and brass. Features 4 original glass discs to hang coats, the rack above for hats and 3 brass hooks for...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

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Brass

Pair of 1950s Italian Brass and Glass Candlesticks Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Beautiful pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern brass pedestal candleholders with glass bases in the manner of Fontana Arte.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass

Midcentury Bronze Fontana Arte Style Crystal Glass Wall Mirror, 1960s, Austria
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful bronze rectangular crystal glass mirror frame with an oval mirror. Made of heavy Austrian crystal glass in 1960s. The mirror can also be hung horizontally. The mirror is in...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Crystal

Italian Hollywood Regency Fontana Arte Style Brass and Glass Vanity with Mirror
By Fontana Arte
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a vintage Italian vanity table in the style of Fontana Arte. Brass frame structure supports the top with glass and glass shelf. The top has an adjustable vani...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Hollywood Regency Vanities

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Brass

Fontana Arte Style Italian Midcentury 1950s Coat Racks in Brass and Crystal
By Fontana Arte
Located in bari, IT
Super coat racks in brass and fine crystal in a style of Fontana Arte, mid-1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

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Crystal, Brass

Fontana Arte Style Brass and Wheel Cut Glass Vanity or Accessory Tray
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning glass vanity tray with diamond or cross hatch motif with stylized brass gallery rails and handles in the style of Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte or Tommi Parzinger. The patt...
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Vintage 1970s Italian More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Set of 3 Italian Sconces Fontana Arte Style Murano, Glass and Brass Italy 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Three Italian sconces Fontana Arte style, Murano glass and brass Italy 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Fontana Arte Style Italian Thick Tear Drop Glass Wall Sconces
By Fontana Arte
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Italian thick double tear drop shaped wall sconces in the style of Fontana Arte. Original chrome-plated metal fittings have been added to custom 5" diameter chrome-plate...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Italian Fontana Arte Style Cobalt Blue Backlit Mirror
By Cristal Arte, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Italian Fontana Arte style round cobalt blue backlit mirror with a frosted interior band. This stunning Italian midcentury mirror is in beautiful condition and has been newly...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass/Glass Sconces, Fontana Arte Style 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Italian, Mid-Century Modern sconces, or flush mounts, attributed to Fontana Arte, circa 1960. Made of cast brass mounts and ornaments, and a large thick green glass square, p...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large Italian Fontana Arte Style Round Beveled Mirror
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa, Cristal Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large round Italian Fontana Arte style round beveled mirror. This beautiful Mid-Century Modern Italian mirror has a black beveled perimeter with a silver beveled central sec...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

1980s Pair of Fontana Arte Style Brass and Clear Glass Table Lamps Italian
By Fontana Arte
Located in London, GB
An elegant pair of 1980s table lamps, ossidated brass rectangular structure including a rectangular clear glass component on a rectangular brass base with a brass sheet shade in the ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Large Italian Fontana Arte Style Horizontal Beveled Mirror
By Fontana Arte, Cristal Arte, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian Max Ingrand for Fontana arte style horizontal octagonal mirror. This fabulous mirror is totally beveled and has a dark glass perimeter and silver central section. Ou...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

Wood Wall Hanger, Brass Hooks and Fontana Arte Style Glass, Italy Art Deco
By Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Art Deco. Rosewood wall hanger, two brass and glass hooks attributable to Fontana Arte, Italy, 1930s-1940s.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Coat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Crystal Pendant in Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in Antwerp, BE
In style of Fontana Arte,clear crystal ceiling light. Nine thick carved pieces hanging on a stainless steel frame.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Pair of Italian Blue Glass and Chrome Fontana Arte Style Wall Sconces, 1980s
By Fontana Arte
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Nice pair of Italian blue glass and chromed metal wall sconces in the style of Fontana Arte from the 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome, Metal

Glass and Chrome Pendant Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Glass and chrome pendant style of Fontana Arte. Has six cylindrical glass pendants with chrome tops.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Midcentury Mirror in a Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in bari, IT
Amazing mirror with sinuous shapes and worked throughout its perimeter in the style of Fontana Arte production of the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

Mirror 1960s in the Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Wonderful mirror 1960s glass and brass in the style of Fontana Arte.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Art Glass

  • Mirror 1960s in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Mirror 1960s in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Mirror 1960s in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Mirror 1960s in the Style of Fontana Arte
H 33.86 in. W 33.86 in. D 3.15 in.
Chrome and Glass Chandelier, Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Chandelier in the style of Fontana Arte, chrome and glass.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two-tone glass pendant and brass base.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Glass Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in London, GB
A glass pendant in the style of Fontana Arte.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

  • Glass Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Glass Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Glass Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
  • Glass Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
H 37.41 in. W 9.45 in. D 9.45 in.
Fantastic Large Maison Arlus Chandelier Gilt Brass Glass Disc Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte, Arlus
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Fantastic large and fine Maison Arlus midcentury chandelier, France, circa 1940-1950. Eight-arm chandelier in gilt brass metal with blueish-grey enameled accents, glass discs finals ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Brass

Italian Fontana Arte Style Midcentury Gilt Decorated Mirror
By Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti, Max Ingrand, Pietro Chiesa, Cristal Arte
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian neoclassical style mirror in the manner of Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte or crystal Art. This fabulous Italian midcentury mirror has an unusual gilt decorated desig...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Neoclassical Wall Mirrors

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Mirror

Pair of Italian Glass Sconces, Fontana Arte Style
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Venini, VECA, Toni Zuccheri
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte style glass sconces or Murano sconces. These stunning glass sconces have alternating clear and green glass panels on a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Gueridon, in the style of Fontana Arte, circa 1950
By Fontana Arte
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare Gueridon in the style of Fontana Arte, circa 1950. With original glass top in perfect condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gueridon

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Glass, Wood

1980s Italian Pendant in the Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Very nice pendant in the style of Max Ingrand and Fontana Arte.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Italian Chandelier in the Style of Fontana Arte Vintage
By Fontana Arte
Located in Lyon, FR
Italian chandelier from 1970s. Structure in brass with black metal socket and glass shade. Bulb E14.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Brass-Glass Chandelier by Gino Paroldo, Fontana Arte Style, 1970s
By Fontana Arte, Gino Paroldo
Located in Dallas, TX
Wheel shaped, 13 lights brass and smoked square bevelled glass, Mid-Century Modern, Italian chandelier, design by Gino Paroldo, probably edited by Fontana Arte, circa 1970s. Rewired.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Scalloped Mirror in the Style of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, AT
Smoked glass frame mirror with 19.6" " églomisé scallop mirror inset in very good condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Smoked Glass