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Flavio Poli for Seguso Vetri d'Arte Bell Pendants from Hotel Bristol Merano '6'

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We currently have a total of six of these original iridescent opaque white Murano glass bell-form campagna pendant lights. These pendants were commissioned by Aldo Bennati, a Genoese shipping industrialist and owner of the Hotel Bauer in Venice for the 1954 reopening of the famous Grand Hotel Bristol di Merano. They were designed by Flavio Poli (1900-1984) and produced by Seguso Vetri d'Arte, where he was artistic director from 1937-1963. Each bell is 12 inches diameter at its widest; 11 inches high; 13.5 inches high inclusive of the glass petaled ornament on top of the bell; 28.5 inches total height from top of canopy to bottom of bell (chain can be lengthened or shortened as you wish). Multiple pendants hung at staggered lengths in a cluster would be striking. Two of the six have their original iridescent white Murano glass ceiling canopy cup which is 4 inches diameter and 3.5 inches high. Each fixture takes a single standard Edison screw bulb up to 100 watts. Price is per pendant. Under the direction of Marino Meo, the fashionable architect who had redesigned the Bauer, the Bristol Hotel was erected and inaugurated majestically (with Sophia Loren in attendance) in 1954. Featuring a rooftop pool, air conditioning and a television in every room, the hotel was also furnished with great taste: Persian rugs, marble bathrooms, high quality fabrics, Murano light fixtures for the hotel were provided by Seguso, Cenedese and SALIR, including designs by Flavio Poli, Archimede Seguso, Alfredo Barbini among others. and furniture especially designed by Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa and Melchiorre Bega. Closed in 1993, the Bristol hotel remained empty for a decade before its destruction was finally ordered in 2007. These lamps were purchased at the famous auction in 2010 when all the glorious contents of the Hotel Bristol were sold. Special thanks to the kindness of Mrs Francesca Bortolotto Possati, CEO of the Bauer Hotel group in Venice, and granddaughter of Arnaldo Bennati.

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  • Condition
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 28 in. x Dm 12 in.H 71.12 cm x Dm 30.48 cm
  • Diameter
    12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU886614261281
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