June 29, 2008

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Lot 357: Piero Raimondi

Lot 357: Piero Raimondi

Hanging lamp

Designed 1953
Moulded and ground crystals with brass fixture
Fontana Arte
32"diameter
Literature: Falconi, Laura. Fontana Arte: A Transparent History 1932-1998. Milano: Skira, 1998. pp 95-11; Aloi, Roberto, and Agnoldomenico Pica. Illuminazione D'Oggi. Milano: U. Hoepli, 1956. p 151; Holme, Rathbone, and Kathleen Frost. . London: Studio, 1957. p 127.
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $36,000
Inventory Id: 5948

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From 1951 to 1954, the post–war Fontana Arte turned its attention to the growing demands of their newly affluent clientele and the growing international market. Not afraid to show their new wealth, the Italians were devouring new designs, and Fontana Arte led the way with the lighting component of the business which was “openly lavish but eclectic on the technical-artistic and aesthetic level.”

After Gio Ponti turned his focus elsewhere, Fontana Arte searched for a new “prominent artistic director.” Having worked with Gio Ponti for 17 years at Chiesa, Piero Raimondi was given the nod and continued to be a prominent figure in the firm until the mid–1970s.

Raimondi was responsible for bringing in Max Ingrand in 1954, and the two shared credit for many items during Ingrand’s short tenure. However, it was Raimondi that designed “many of the most popular articles, creating a large assortment of original solutions, delicate and allusive in form.”

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