Artists Fontana Arte

Fontana Arte

Luigi Fontana e Compagni was first established in 1881 by a twenty-seven year old Milanese, Luigi Fontana, with the help of a group of friends, little expertise, but abundant enthusiasm. In the wake of new manufacturing and construction techniques showcased in the magnificent pavilions of the World’s Fairs, Fontana recognized an opportunity to cater to rising demands for plate glass in architecture and decoration. Fontana originally focused not only on the sale, but the secondary processing (cutting, silver-plating, decorating, bonding) of plate glass, while following the early Art Nouveau movement. In an atmosphere of creative fervor around international exhibitions, Luigi Fontana met the already renowned architect, designer and publisher, Gio Ponti. This meeting quickly led to the first Fontana production of light fixtures and furnishings. Two years later, in 1933, Luigi and Gio discovered and began collaborating with another young Milanese, Pietro Chiesa, under the name Fontana Arte. The fortuitous meeting of these minds produced innovative designs praised in their day for both their utter novelty as well as their quality. By 1940, Fontana Arte became the foremost symbol of Italian taste, style and refinement. Between the wars, Fontana Arte flourished, particularly their combination of crystal and chromium-plated metal, which became a Fontana Arte hallmark. While production changed and diminished considerably during the Second World War, by 1954 with the arrival of Max Ingrand as its artistic director, the company was again at the forefront of Italian design. In addition to Ingrand, and the continued contributions of Ponti until the 1970s, Fontana Arte employed and partnered with many of the leading designers of the day, including Renzo Piano, Ettore Sottsass, Roberto Menghi, Psolo Zani and Vico Magistretti.

From the collection :

  • Lidded Box $ 6,500

    Pietro Chiesa/Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11637

    Lidded Box

    Pietro Chiesa/Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11637

    $6,500

  • Petite Table Lamp $ 2,100

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11548

    Petite Table Lamp

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11548

    $2,100

  • Dahlia Chandelier $ 95,000

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-11516

    Dahlia Chandelier

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-11516

    $95,000

  • Lantern $ 7,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11517

    Lantern

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11517

    $7,500

  • Mirror $ 18,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11473

    Mirror

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11473

    $18,500

  • Lantern $ 18,500

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9218

    Lantern

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9218

    $18,500

  • Chandelier $ 35,000

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9933B

    Chandelier

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9933B

    $35,000

  • Table Lamp $ 2,900

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11371

    Table Lamp

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-11371

    $2,900

  • Side Table $ 19,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9886

    Side Table

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9886

    $19,500

  • Wall Light $ 9,500

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-10394

    Wall Light

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-10394

    $9,500

  • Three-light Chandelier $ 19,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-10084

    Three-light Chandelier

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-10084

    $19,500

  • Chandelier $ 27,500

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-10002

    Chandelier

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-10002

    $27,500

  • Chandelier $ 18,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-10005

    Chandelier

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-10005

    $18,500

  • Centerpiece $ 3,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9983

    Centerpiece

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9983

    $3,500

  • Pair of Sconces $ 24,500

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9457A

    Pair of Sconces

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9457A

    $24,500

  • Wall Light $ 6,800

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9216

    Wall Light

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9216

    $6,800

  • Chandelier $ 16,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9207

    Chandelier

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-9207

    $16,500

  • Pair of Table Lamps $ 11,500

    Max Ingrand (1906-1969)
    Code : N-9156

    Pair of Table Lamps

    Max Ingrand (1906-1969)
    Code : N-9156

    $11,500

  • Pair Wall Lights $ 22,500

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9112b

    Pair Wall Lights

    Max Ingrand (1908-1969)
    Code : N-9112b

    $22,500

  • Candelabra $ 9,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-8975

    Candelabra

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-8975

    $9,500

  • Mirrored Console $ 7,500

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-4589

    Mirrored Console

    Fontana Arte
    Code : N-4589

    $7,500

  • Fontana Arte $ 125

    Author Franco Deboni, foreword by Bernd Goeckler
    Code : Fontana Arte

    Fontana Arte

    Author Franco Deboni, foreword by Bernd Goeckler
    Code : Fontana Arte

    $125