Quaderni Fontana Arte 1: Illuminazione, sales catalogue, Milan, 1961, p. 62 Pierre-Emmanuel Martin Vivier, Max Ingrand: Du verre à la lumière, Paris, 2009, p. 202
In 1954, Max Ingrand was recruited personally by Gio Ponti as artistic director of Fontana Arte. By this point, Ingrand had already established himself a master of glass, working on many important commissions such as the Normandie ocean liner and participating in the 1936 edition of the Milan Triennial. Under his leadership, Ingrand established a fresh and modern line of lighting and products for the firm. His designs built upon the already successful foundation of his predecessor, Pietro Chiesa, yet were distinctly his own. His treatment of the glass was unique, oftentimes chiselling directly into the glass or cutting it roughly to create dynamism and dimension. Through his vision and direction, Ingrand breathed new life into Fontana Arte, channelling light as the basis for his art. The present lot shows Ingrand's ingenuity in combining form with technique, with the central elements hand-chiselled to produce a naturalistic effect.
Overall very good condition. Very minor chips to the mounting points of the glass and are not visible when the piece is installed. Minor oxidation to the brass elements. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends to have all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."