Gino Sarfatti - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Custom commission, Belgium

  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, p. 476

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present wall lights are a rare example of the collaboration between Arteluce and Venini, and relate to a ceiling light listed in the Arteluce catalogue as number 2124. Records indicate they were produced for a private Belgian commission.

  • 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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Pair of wall lights, variation of model no. 2124

circa 1961
Painted steel, glass.
Each: 32 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (83.2 x 31.8 x 14.6 cm)
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy in collaboration with Venini, Murano, Italy.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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New York Auction 12 December 2017