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Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Best known for its elegant and innovative vintage 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 Soap Dish Glass Chrome-Plated Brass, 1940, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte soap dish glass chrome-plated brass, 1940, Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Handles Glass Brass, 1950, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte handles glass brass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Curved Crystal Centerpiece, Italy, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Naples, IT
Fontana Arte curved and ground crystal centerpiece or oval cup, Italy 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Glass/ Crystal, Dish, Vide-Poche, Free Form Shape Signed FX
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very pretty signed Fontana Arte, vide-poche. We think is Max Ingrand design.Also Pietro Chiesa worked at Fontana's at same time. Signed with FX and acid Fontana Italy.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass

Fontana Arte Empty Pockets Mirrored Glass 1950 Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte Empty Pockets mirrored glass 1950 Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Freeform Fontana Arte 1950s Glass Ashtray
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milan, IT
Freeform Fontana Arte 1950s glass ashtray.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Brussels, BE
Blue Fruit Bowl "Model 1419" by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, 1960s Mid-Century Modern.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Coat Hanger for Entrance or Bathroom Metal Crome Wood Glass 1970 IT
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte coat hanger for entrance or bathroom metal crome wood glass 1970 Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte Dodecagon Crystal Ashtray
By Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte
Located in Hingham, MA
Twelve sided cut crystal ashtray with three wheel-ground optic bubble dimples by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte.   
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Optical Glass

Fontana Arte Italian Mid-Century Modern Crystal Ashtray or Centrepiece, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Modena, IT
Italian midcentury tray of coins, ashtray or centrepiece in cut crystal produced by Fontana Arte, 1950s. Please note that the item is original of the period and this shows normal si...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Pocket Ashtray Curved Crystal, 1960, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte Pocket ashtray curved crystal, 1960, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Italian Midcentury Pocket Tray Ashtray, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in bari, IT
Fontana Arte, pocket tray ash tray in cut glass circular base with three concave circles inside from 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Cut Glass

Fontana Arte Mirrored Crystal Italian Design, 1960s Ashtray Bowl
By Fontana Arte
Located in Brescia, IT
Fontana Arte 1960s Mirrored crystal Perfect condiction Measure: Diameter 16.5 cm, height 2.5 cm.
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1960s Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Italian Ashtray/Empty Pockets by Fontana Arte 1960s Art Glass
By Fontana Arte
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Wonderful and rare ashtray by Fontana Arte, 1960, Italy. Intact glass without chipping, with normal signs of use.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Fontana Arte Powder Cipria Glass Wood, 1940, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte powder cipria glass wood, 1940, Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Ashtray/Empty Pockets Ground Glass, 1960, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte ashtray/empty pockets ground glass, 1960, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Bottle Blu Glass Wood, 1940, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte bottle blu glass wood, 1940, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Couple Empty Pockets Glass, 1950, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte couple empty pockets glass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Umbrella Holder Glass Brass, 1945, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte umbrella holder glass brass, 1945, Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Glass Tray by Dube, Duilio Barnabe, Abstract Painting, Signed
By Duilio Dubé Bernabe, Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very nice abstract glass painted tray, by the well-known artist, Duilio Barnabe. Signed "Dube" it measures 14 x 14 square high 1.5.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Ettore Sottsass for Fontana Arte Vase Model 2665
By Ettore Sottsass, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Ettore Sottsass for Fontana Arte rare large graphic colored crystal vase consisting of dark blue central square cylinder with attached brown triangular and caramel semi-circular shap...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Fontana Arte Squared Glass Ashtray / Vide-Poche / Dish, Italy, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Barcelona, ES
Outstanding squared faceted glass decorative dish, vide-poche or ashtray. Manufactured by Fontana Arte, 1950s. Very good condition. Measures: 17 cm W x 17 cm D x 3 cm H.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Cut Glass, Glass

Fontana Arte Beveled Curved Glass Bowl or Dish Signed, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in London, GB
Fontana Arte beveled curved glass bowl or dish signed, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Minimalist Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Fontana Arte 1940s Glass Ashtray
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milan, IT
Fontana Arte 1940s glass ashtray.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Frame Glass Metal Crome 1960 Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte frame glass metal crome 1960 Italy.
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Late 20th Century Italian Other Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Large Grey Glass Centerpiece Model 1639
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte large bevelled curved smoky grey glass centerpiece or dish, model 1639, Italy, circa 1961. This exquisite glass centerpiece has a triangular shape with softly rounded co...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Box/Empty Pockets/Ashtray Glass Wood, 1950, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte Box/Empty Pockets/Ashtray glass wood, 1950, Italy.
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1850s Italian Other Antique Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Box Wood Glass Brass, 1945, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte box wood glass brass, 1945, Italy
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Ashtrav 1950 Emerald Green Color
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Ashtrav Fontana Arte signed FX 1950 emerald green color, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Fontana Arte "Dube” Handles Engraved Glass Brass, 1950, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte “Dube” handles engraved glass brass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Floor Ashtray Brass Glass, 1955, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte floor ashtray brass glass, 1955, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Brass

Crystal Ashtray/Vide-Poche by Fontana Arte, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Brussels, BE
Crystal ashtray/vide-poche by Fontana Arte, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Centerpiece/Svuota Tasche Glass, 1950, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte centerpiece svuota tasche glass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Coppa Cristallo Grosso Spessore Curvato, 1959, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte Coppa Cristallo di grosso spessore, curvato, molato, 1959, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte, Very Rare Pietro Chiesa, Glass, Smokey Ashtray, Acid and FX Signed
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an early Fontana rare ashtray signed with both FX and Fontana Italy, this kind of work was made under the direction of both Pietro Chiesa and Max Ingrained.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Beveled Glass Ashtray/Bowl by Fontana Arte, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fontana Arte beveled glass ashtray / Made in Italy, circa 1960s Literature: Quaderno Fontana Arte n.3 (1961), p.30. This piece makes for a great and unique gift!
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Fontana Arte Max Ingrand Frame Glass Brass 1955 Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte Max Ingrand frame glass brass 1955 Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Midcentury Envelope Post Fontana Arte Desk 1960 Brass and Crystal Often Green
By Fontana Arte
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Midcentury envelope post Fontana Arte desk 1960 brass and crystal often green.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal, Brass

Fontana Arte Rare Ashtrav 1950 Emerald Green Color, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Fontana Arte rare Ashtrav 1950 emerald green color, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

Fontana Arte Large Gray Glass Dish or Centerpiece Model 1419
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte large gray glass dish or centerpiece with profiled and curved glass resting on an angular fitted black enameled metal base, Italy, c. 1956. This gray glass is a rare co...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal

Fontana Arte Small Glass Dish
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte elegant beveled, salmon colored, curved glass dish, Italy, circa 1961. Literature Fontana Arte catalogue n°3 (1961), p. 18
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte 1970s, Ashtray in Leather, Brass and Faceted Glass, Italy Art Glass
By Fontana Arte
Located in Roma, IT
Fontana Arte 1970s. Ashtray in leather, brass and faceted glass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

"Cartoccio" Fontana Arte Italian Design Midcentury Crystal Vase
By Fontana Arte
Located in Brescia, IT
"Cartoccio" vase by Fontana Arte Italy, 1940-1950s Acid crystal Perfect condition.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Splendid Fontana Arte Mod. 2191 Centrepiece
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid Fontana Arte Mod. 2191 centrepiece.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Italian Centrepiece with Flower Holder Manufactured by Fontana Arte, Milano
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
A large transparent dish with flower holder on a cup in amber crystal, all supported on a black lacquered metal base. Coloured glass, tubular brass, painted metal.    
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal, Brass

Fontana Arte Glass Notepad, Italy 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milan, IT
A beautiful Fontana Arte two-colored glass notepad. Original label.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Brass

Fontana Arte Desk Set 1960
By Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Thick cut Italian glass on a desk, what more could you ask for.
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1960s Italian Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Yellow Glass Cup Resting on a Brass Base by Fontana Arte, Italy, 1956
By Fontana Arte
Located in Paris, FR
A large yellow amber glass cup resting on a free black brass base by Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1956. Ref : Roberto Aloi, Esempi di Decorazione Moderna di Tutto il mondo, Vetri ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Brass

Fontana Arte Lidded Glass Bowl by Max Ingrand.Signed
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Glass and metal covered dish by Fontana Arte , model 2004,circa 1960"s designed by Max Ingrand.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Fontana Arte Lidded Bowl by Max Ingrand
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Hingham, MA
A 1960's smoked gray crystal covered bowl with chrome base and ring finial by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte (Model #2004). Original foil label on lid.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

Fontana Arte Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Fontana Arte serves, ceramics, silverware and glass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Fontana Arte servingware, ceramics, silver and glass, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 50 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Fontana Arte servingware, ceramics, silver and glass were created in Europe during the 19th century in the modern mid-century style. Many customers also consider servingware, ceramics, silver and glass by Dino Martens, servingware, ceramics, silver and glass, Murano Glass Sommerso Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass and Aureliano Toso Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass.. Prices for Fontana Arte servingware, ceramics, silver and glass can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Prices for these items start at $557 on 1stDibs and top out at $12,767 while pieces like these can sell for $1,809.