Gaetano Pesce - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from Bracciodiferro, circa 1971

  • Literature

    Emilio Ambasz, ed., Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Achievements and Problems of Italian Design, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1972, p. 97
    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 357
    France Vanlaethem, Gaetano Pesce: Architecture, Design, Art, Milan, 1989, p. 28
    Marisa Bartolucci and Raul Cabra, Gaetano Pesce, San Francisco, 2003, p. 17
    Anty Pansera, Bracciodiferro: Gaetano Pesce–Alessandro Mendini 1971-1975, exh. cat., Biblioteca Umanistica dell'Incoronata, Milan, 2013, title page, pp. 30-35, 70-81

  • Catalogue Essay


    "When I came up with the idea of taking a very famous table lamp from Norway, the Luxo lamp, and multiplying every detail of the lamp by four, it was because back then there weren't many objects capable of illuminating big spaces like lobbies, conference halls, meeting rooms etc. Therefore I thought it would have been more convenient to celebrate and reinterpret an iconic piece from the early 1900s (the Luxo lamp) rather than creating something completely new." Gaetano Pesce

Property from the Collection of Gaetano Pesce


Early "Moloch" floor lamp

circa 1971
Anodized aluminum, aluminum, painted metal, wood.
139 in. (353.1 cm) high fully extended
Produced by Bracciodiferro, Italy. This example precedes the 6 known prototypes and edition of 20.

$120,000 - 180,000 

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Design Masters

New York Auction 15 December 2015 5pm