Posted by switch-smith at 9:26 PM . Tuesday, December 4, 2012
My next feature is Wright's Italian Masterworks auction, taking place in Chicago on December 13th. This is the first half of a double-header day for Wright, with Important Design taking place afterwards. These are my favorite picks:
A pair of FONTANA ARTE Dalia chandeliers, sold in separate lots.
A rare glass encased table lamp by PIETRO CHIESA.
Rare tri-color glass sconces by MAX INGRAND.
A unique dining table by ICO PARISI.
A fantastic blue-green glass coffee table by FONTANA ARTE (usually ascribed to GIO PONTI). A catalog excerpt:
Fontana Arte’s acclaimed round coffee tables from the mid-late 1950s were produced in an several colors and with varied artistic decoration. This example made in green-blue features a flat pane of crystal superimposed over a thick, concaved and mirrored crystal. The effect of the layered, curved glass obscures the clarity of the mirrored surface creating a mesmerizing reflection that imitates flowing water.
A rare and lyrical chair by GIO PONTI, from Conti Contini Bonaccossi, Florence.
A GIO PONTI Distex armchair with brass frame.
Italian Masterworks takes place in Chicago, December 13th. See the full preview here.