Just steps away from the famed Brera Academy, is Rita Fancsaly’s vintage boutique – one of Milan’s finest purveyors of 20th century lighting fixtures. With a specific focus on lighting designs produced between 1930 and 1990, the boutique offers a beautifully curated collection of lighting from the Art Deco period through the Post-Modern period.
Guided by Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva, the largest antiques touring and shopping company in Europe, along with her team of antiques’ experts Andrew Skipper and Susan Pennington, we were given a private tour of this fabulous treasure trove of splendid lighting.
Below I share my favorite chandeliers and light pendants.
Rita Fancsaly Vintage Lighting Boutique Photo Tour
Delicate yet luxuriously ornate Murano glass chandeliers gracefully hang from the modern beams at the Milanese vintage lighting boutique of Rita Fancsaly.
Divinely hued in pinks, yellows and blues this 12 arm Fratelli Toso (circa 1930s) multi-fiori (flowers) Murano glass chandelier enchants and delights.
Intricate, ornate, breathtakingly beautiful – just a few words that come to mind when in the presence of an illuminating work of art from the storied glass master craftsmen at Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso. With a long history, since 1854, of creating unique Murano chandeliers and light pendant, Fratelli Toso has earned its reputation as an esteemed studio of master Murano glass artisans.
Splendid and majestic, this Barovier and Toso Dolphin blown-glass chandelier evokes images of fairy tale inspired interiors – of beautiful princesses dancing with handsome princes, Last i checked, this stately chandelier is no longer for sale – therefore some lucky princess has brought this one home to her castle. So in a way, this stunning Italian glass chandelier has had its own fairy tale ending.
Stately vintage, possibly late mid-century modern, columnar blown glass chandelier. This Italian modern-style chandelier would be a perfect fit for retro or 70s inspired interiors.
View of various mid-century modern lighting pendants bordered by early 1900s lighting fixtures including a rare Seguso Vetri d”Arte wall sconce shown in the forefront.
One of the rarer antiques at Rita Fanclasy, this Seguso Vetri d’Arte Sconce designed by Flavio Poli is dated from the 1940s and is reportedly the model for the wall sconces that are installed at the Venetian Hotel Bauer.
A testament to the timeless design of Carlo Scarpa – this Venini manufactured lattimo and mezza filigrana glass three-arm light pendant (circa 1930s) is equally at home in today’s contemporary interiors as it was nearly a century ago.
Mid-century modern Plafoniere lighting pendant in glazed glass and polished brass designed by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte speaks to the power of creating timeless designs that withstand fads and the impetuous whims of fashion.
Exquisite aqua-hued rope detail on this blown-glass eight-arm light pendant captivates.
Elegant 16-arm blown-glass chandelier with delicate, draping glass shades fashioned in a modern interpretation of a favorite Art Noveau motif – the flower.