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

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 217, 404 for a similar example

  • 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 Collection, Chicago


Rare adjustable wall light, model no. 179

circa 1950
Painted aluminum, brass, plastic, glass.
As shown: 31 1/2 x 27 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (80 x 70.5 x 50.2 cm)
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Interior of largest shade with manufacturer’s decal label printed AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE. Together with a certificate of authenticity from Sandra Severi Sarfatti.

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 12 December 2017