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  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, L'arredamento moderno: Quarta serie, Milan, 1949, fig. 201 for model no. 1035, a similar version with 13 arms
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 153, 446
    Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 76

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a variant prototype of model no. 1035, which has thirteen arms. While there are no archival photographs, this lamp will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raissonné on Gino Sarfatti and has been authenticated by the Gino Sarfatti Archive.

  • Artist Biography

    Gino Sarfatti

    Italian • 1912 - 1985

    Rising above the devastation of World War II, post-war Italian design reached new heights of productivity and ingenuity, particularly in the realm of lighting. Gino Sarfatti is among the most celebrated lighting designers from this fruitful period. Before founding his company Arteluce in 1939, Sarfatti studied aeronautical engineering. He brought the inventiveness of a self-taught outsider to the field of lighting design, while his mechanical background lent lightness and ingenuity of construction. Poetic underpinnings are also evident in lamps such as model no. 1034 (sometimes referred to as the "Vine" lamp), which features a nearly 8' twisting brass stem graced with nine delicate, articulating white shades like buds on a flower.

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Property from a Private Italian Collection


Rare adjustable floor lamp

circa 1948
Brass, painted metal, soapstone.
83 1/2 in. (212.1 cm) high
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gino Sarfatti Archive.

$14,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $42,500

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New York Auction 9 June 2016