Rare mid-century lighting featured in Nova Ars sale March 27


Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte, ceiling lamp, circa 1940, 80 x 35 cm, 32 x 14 in. Estimate: €3,000–€3,500. Nova Ars image

ASTI, Italy – Two mid-century modern lighting fixtures are attracting attention to Nova Ars online auction to be conducted on Tuesday, March 27. The sale represents an interesting design collection of decorative arts of the 20th century, much of it designed and made in Italy. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The earlier fixture is a ceiling lamp designed by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, circa 1940 (above). It is fabricated of brass and nickel-plated brass with domical crystal shade. It is estimated at €3,000–€3,200 ($3,680–$3,925).

 The second fixture is a hanging lamp by Ico Parisi for Terraneo, circa 1960 (below). This rare fixture is made of methacrylate and varnished metal. It is estimated at €3,000–€3,500 ($3,680–$4,290).


Ico Parisi, Terraneo, hanging lamp, 1960, 43 cm, 17.2 in. diameter. Estimate: €3,000–€3,500. Nova Ars image

Another interesting lighting fixture is a brightening sculpture designed by Nanda Vigo. This contemporary sconce features mirrored crystal and opaline glass and comes with a certificate of authenticity (est. €1,800–€2,000).


Nanda Vigo, Life brightening sculpture produced by Glas in 2009, 70 x 61 x 8 cm, 28 x 24.4 x 3.2 in. Estimate: €1,800–€2,000. Nova Ars image

Conservative restoration is noted on a pair of bookcases designed by Franco Albini for Poggi, circa 1950. The LB7 bookcases are constructed of ash and walnut and have shelves and cases with doors and flaps. The bookcases also feature adjustable legs (est. €13,000–€15.000).


Franco Albini, Poggi, two LB7 bookcases, 304 cm high x 175 cm wide, 121.6 in. x 70 in. Estimate: €13,000– €15,000 ($15,950–$18,400). Nova Ars image

A set of eight side chairs by Carlo Scarpa for Bernini, circa 1970, has an estimate of €2,200–€2,500. The restored Kentucky model chairs are constructed of walnut and have their original leather seats and backs.


Set of eight Kentucky model chairs by Carlo Scarpa for Bernini, circa 1970, walnut frames, leather seats and backs. Estimate: €2,200–€2,500. Nova Ars image

The latest installment of Nova Ars’ Decorative Arts of 20th-century auction also includes many ceramic and glass items.

For details contact Valeria Vallese at Nova Ars; telephone: +39 328 9667353 or email: valeria@novaars.net or, info@novaaars.net.