Exceptionally RARE X-LARGE BRUTALIST TORCH CUT SCULPTURE TABLE LAMP BY MARCELLO FANTONI 1955. DESIGN: A bold and striking large Modern “Brutalist” torch cut iron metal Cubist sculpture table lamp designed by Marcello Fantoni, Florence Italy (stamped on underside base) circa 1955. The highly dimensional multi faceted form is expertly wrought from an array of thick/heavy torch cut & welded iron abstract flanges that form a cubist-like tree form to create a sophisticated abstract impressionistic statement. Listing is for the lamp base only SHADE NOT INCLUDED. The lamp does work, however the wiring is old, and as with all vintage electrical you must have it tested and potentially rewired before use. The bulb holders looks to have been replaced, but the rest is original. The cast iron is a multi tone enamel gold paint finish with ranging from a greenish gold base with warm gold highlights. Great overall condition, usual signs of age and use. DIMENSIONS: This lamp is LARGE & HEAVY 18 lbs! With general dimensions at 33″ tall to the top of the bulb holder with an overall width of 15″ to the widest point, bulb and shade are NOT included. Due to weight (its cast iron) hence the hefty cost. This is a large piece, I have included a picture in the gallery of a it next to a printer and lighter, to give you an idea of scale. Born in Florence in 1915, Marcello Fantoni began studying ceramic art at age 12 at the Art Institute of Florence with ceramicist Carlo Guerrini, artistic director of the famed Cantagalli Factory. He continued years of training in ceramics and the arts, including sculpture with Libero Andreotti and Bruno Innocenti, and figurative art with Gianni Vagnetti, graduating as a maestro of art in 1934. After a stint as art director for a ceramics factory in Perugia, in 1936 he opened the Fantoni Ceramic Studio in Florence. Here he produced ceramic series as well as unique pieces, sculptures and furnishings. In 1937 Fantonis pieces were exhibited in the Florence National Arts and Crafts Exhibit where their unique combination of rustic forms decorated with African and marine motifs and painted figures garnered considerable acclaim. By the start of World War II Fantonis melding of ancient Italian pottery techniques with decidedly Modernist elements had won him artistic and commercial success both in Italy and abroad. Having participated in the resistance, after the War Fantoni worked for the 500-year old Maiolica factory in Deruta, Umbria, renowned for its signature tin-glazed pottery. In the 1950s he refocused on his Florence studio, dedicating himself to larger sculptural pieces and working on many collaborations. He also expanded his experimenting with materials, forms, drawing from varied influences Primitivism, Novecento style, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. Fantoni gave special emphasis to ancient Etruscan ceramic techniques, glazes and colors, heightening the timeless appeal of his pieces. As well as clay, he also worked in metals to great effect. Whether created as a series or as a unique piece, every Fantoni piece was ultimately rendered unique by his hand-painting it. The extraordinary diversity of shapes and textures notwithstanding, one the most identifiable qualities of his creations was his painting style. Through the 50s and 60s he made many cubist-inspired vases and ewers painted in colors bordered by sgraffito lines scratched through the paint in a manner evoking Picasso and Braque. Along with figurative and abstract works, the 60s also saw Fantoni creating brutalist pieces with edgy, angular shapes, while in later life, his work took a minimalist turn. In 1970 Fantoni founded the International School of Ceramic Art, dedicated to teaching ceramic arts and experimentation. Many of his students and employees would go on to become noteworthy artisans and artists in their own right. Maintaining great versatility throughout his career, Fantoni completed projects for public and private buildings, churches, schools, theaters, cinemas, and ships. His works, meanwhile, were collected by important museums worldwide. When Marcello Fantoni died in Florence in 2011 at the age of 95, his obituary in the Italian newspaper La Nazione hailed him The master of beauty. MoMA New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Art of Boston, Victoria and Albert Museum of London, Royal Scottish Museum of Edinburg, Museums of Modern Art of Tokyo and Kyoto, International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, National Bargello Museum and Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi in Florence. Materia e colore, larte di Marcello Fantoni, Loggia della Limonaia di Palazzo Medici Riccardi di Firenze, 2015. “Marcello Fantoni, A Beautiful Form with Beautiful Color”, Archaeological Museum of Fiesole, 2005. “Ceramics as Art, Marcello Fantoni Ceramist and Sculptor”, Salone delle Regie Poste, Florence, 2000. Marcello Fantoni: Ceramista in Firenze Dal 1929 by Antonio Paolucci, Edizioni della Bezuga, 1999. Marcello Fantoni, Ceramica come Arte, Published by Octavo, 2000. The item “Large Marcello Fantoni Brutalist Table Lamp Italian Torch Cut Sculpture RARE” is in sale since Thursday, May 9, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Antique Furniture\Lamps\20th Century”. The seller is “pahlavi.london” and is located in Nailsea, . This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Approx Max Dimensions of the base: 33″ x 15″
- Style: Mid Century Modern
- Material: Cast Iron
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Type: Table Lamp
- Designer: Marcello Fantoni