Poliarte Ice Block Chandelier
Materials: Metal (iron) chrome wireframe. Chrome chain & canopy. 18 ornamental ball nuts. 9 brown/amber and clear crystal hand blown Murano glass ‘ice’ blocks. 3 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 46 cm / 18.11”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Albano Poli (born 1935).
Manufacturer: Poliarte, Verona, Italy.
Other versions: This Poliarte ice block chandelier exists as a ceiling lamp, wall lamp and floor lamp. Bigger and smaller versions were also produced.
Albano Poli founded Poliarte in 1968 as an innovative and experimental lighting company. Poliarte was based near Verona, Italy. Albano Poli designed and produced lighting with a team of some 30 craftsmen. They made no more than hundreds for each model.
His typical style was combining stainless steel or raw metal to modular compositions of glass elements. Such as cubes, rods and plates. The final effect was a three-dimensional lighting object. Some of his lamps have names such as Akikaze, Lussac and Nikirka.
The Poliarte company no longer exists. It ended business in 1979. Today the company of Albano Poli still creates stained glass windows. It is named Progetto Arte Poli Srl. (Art Project Poli).
Similar chandeliers, models Sierra and Fuego, were sold by J.T. Kalmar KG, Franken KG from Austria, as you can see. Probably they were also made by Poliarte.
Ice block lamps (Sierra) by the famous Austrian company Kalmar Franken