(b Rovetta, Bergamo, 26 Aug 1659; d Rovetta, 25 July 1734). Italian sculptor, architect and furniture-maker. He was the eldest son of the sculptor and carver Grazioso Fantoni (1630-93) and trained in his father's flourishing workshop, which played a leading part in the supply of church furnishings in Bergamo, Parma and the surrounding provinces. The contrasting styles of father and son can be seen in S Martino, Alzano Maggiore: Grazioso's carved and inlaid wooden decorations and furnishings in the first sacristy (1679) are Baroque in form and Counter-Reformation in iconography; Andrea's in the second sacristy (1692) are Rococo in form and more allusive in language.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.