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Do you own any FontanaArte artworks? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

The origin of the FontanaArte company

FontanaArte is an Italian company founded in Milan in 1931 by Luigi Fontana and Giò Ponti. The company specialises in the glass processing and creating furnishing accessories. It is known for the processing of curved crystal and the production of lighting equipment. It is an essential part of today’s world of design.

A significant and important step took place when in 1933 FontanaArte acquired a small Milanese workshop belonging to Pietro Chiesa. This workshop specialised in the treatment of crystal plates and artistic windows. The shop was very famous and Chiesa’s expertise was well known by Ponti. This new collaboration created a strong synergy between Ponti, Chiesa and Fontana that would take the company to the top of the sector worldwide, thanks not only to the creative abilities of the designers, but also to the technologies they developed and highly innovative tools such as a special oven, one-of-a-kind in Italy, for the production of glass sheets of any curvature.

Iconic features and pieces

This special oven made it possible to create the company’s first iconic table, the Fontana coffee table, designed by Gio Ponti. Its line is, like all objects designed by the company, minimalist: a single continuous line curves downwards on both sides to support the top. Only one material is used, bevelled float glass, which is a tribute to the company’s production history.

The 0024 Suspension Light is the company’s first lighting icon. Cylindrical in shape, it consists of horizontal discs of transparent tempered glass, spaced apart by voids. In the centre a sandblasted glass cylinder containing the light source is closed on the sides by two brass covers.

The Fontana table lamp is also one of the brand’s great classics. The base of the white blown glass lamp is rounded and tapers gently upwards to make way for the truncated cone-shaped shade. The base and the lampshade can house several light sources that vary according to one’s lighting needs.

Finally, the Uovo, or egg in English, is made of white blown glass and diffuses a constant light. The form is pure and simple, as is its colour, again reflecting the characteristics of the design developed by FontanaArte.

FontanaArte and the art market

FontanaArte’s objects are not so common on the art market. There are, however, a few lamps, such as the eight-branch candlestick from 1965, which sold for 2197 euros (Christie’s London, 13 October 2016), as well as a few mirrors, including one dating from 1960, which sold for 1904 euros at Christie’s London on 19 February 2013.

How do we appraise your FontanaArte furniture?

Requesting an online valuation of your furniture is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our design experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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A team of experts and auctioneers

If you own a FontanaArte furniture, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your furniture, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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