Amazing, hard to find pair of bronze and glass table lights by the famous high end lighting manufacturer Fontana Arte, made and designed in the 1930s. A same pair of floor lights is documented on page 202 of the lighting bible “1000 Lights” by Charlotte and Peter Fiell (Edition 2015) With the source by Charlotte and Peter Fiell in mind, we are pretty sure it is a design by Pietro Chiesa, since he was responsible for the early designs at Fontana Arte and this pair of table lights clearly represents resemblances with his other work. Because the lights are from the 1930s, it is probably one of his earliest designs for Fontana Arte. The lamps are in good and working condition. The glass has no damages and the bronze has a nice patina. It has place for two lighting bulbs under the shade. Shades are made of fabric in a cream color. We think the shades have been replaced once. They are in good condition. With the use of high end materials, Fontana Arte distinguished herself from other lighting designers and manufacturers from the same time. Materials like heavy bronze, silver plating and thick, well cut glass were the main ingredients of many Classic items. Fontana Arte is considered the most respected Italian furnishings, glass, and lighting manufactures of the early and mid-century. With the idea to fulfil the needs of exclusive, high end objects, Gio Ponti (famous for his dining and lounge chair, sofa and sideboard designs) and Luigi Fontana collaborated to start the lighting division of Fontana Arte in 1932. The Italian born Pietro Chiesa quickly became the main art director of the firm. Some of his most famous items are the Fontana table (1932), which was fully made of glass, the Cartoccio vase (1932), and his brass Luminator floor lamp (1933). Another great Fontana Arte designer is Max Ingrand, famous for impressive glass chandeliers, coffee tables, pendants and more. Together they created some of the most beautiful Italian design object the 20th century has ever seen.
Height 53 cm
Diameter: 35 cm