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    • Provenance

      Galerie kreo, Paris
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      Domus, no. 411, February 1964, n.p. for an advertisement
      Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 296, 436
      Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 50

    • 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 an Important Private Collection


Pair of table lamps, model no. 585

circa 1958
Painted metal, painted steel, chromium-plated metal, Bakelite.
Each: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm) high
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Interior of each shade with manufacturer’s paper label printed AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE.

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$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,300

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New York Auction 9 December 2020