Max Ingrand model 1508 chandelier Fontana Arte Italy 1954






Max Ingrand

France 1908 – 1969
Artist, Decorator

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Monumental sized chandelier model 1508 designed by Max Ingrand and manufactured by Fontana Arte, Italy 1954. The lamp consists of a brass structure which is in original condition with its beautiful original patina. The glass shade is divided into two parts, one pink glass lower shade and clear glass upper shade. This design gives the feeling this is made of one thick glass shade and gives volume to the shade. The special feature of this lamp is that the pink lower glass plate is slightly curved. On the bottom sits a curved brass perforated ring that holds the glass in place. Through the perforated holes you can see the bulbs. The three brass stems are connected to the upper part of the glass and the ceiling cap. This brass ceiling cap is nicely made in a conical shape. The lamp gives off a very nice atmospheric light when lit and is a perfect example of high-end Italian design from the 1950’s.


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Max Ingrand was a prominent French-Italian designer and architect known for his exceptional contributions to the world of decorative arts and lighting design. Born on November 20 1908 in Bressuire, France, Ingrand’s creative journey began in his early years. Ingrand’s passion for art and design led him to study at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He developed a keen eye for aesthetics and craftsmanship during this period. In 1929, he moved to Italy and became a naturalized Italian citizen. Throughout his career, Ingrand collaborated with renowned design firms, including Fontana Arte (where he was artistic direcotor) and Arteluce, leaving an indelible mark on the world of lighting design. His innovative approach and ability to combine various materials such as glass, metal, and wood allowed him to create stunning and iconic lighting fixtures.


Ingrand’s designs were characterised by their elegance, simplicity, and harmonious proportions. He experimented with different forms, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. His lighting creations often featured exquisite glasswork, intricate patterns, and a balance between functionality and artistic expression. Notably, Ingrand’s designs were not limited to lighting. He also worked on various architectural projects, including the redesign of interiors for luxury hotels, public spaces, and private residences. His architectural work reflected his passion for creating cohesive and visually stunning environments that seamlessly integrated with the surrounding space.


Max Ingrand’s legacy in the world of design continues to inspire and influence contemporary designers. His innovative use of materials, attention to detail, and timeless aesthetic continue to captivate design enthusiasts worldwide. Ingrand’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the world of design and serve as a testament to his talent, vision, and dedication to creating enduring works of art.



This lamp is checked in our own atelier, cleaned and is also suitable for use in the USA

Designer: Max Ingrand
Type: Model 1508
Manufacturer: Fontana Arte
Year: 1954
Country: Italy
Materials: Brass, glass
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 73 cm
Width: 86 cm
Depth: 86 cm
Item nr: PMF23MA20

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 450
Outside Europe: € 500 - 750

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