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  • Provenance

    Phillips, New York, "Design," December 13, 2016, lot 98
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Alfred Roth, "Neue Beleuchtungskörper für die Wohnung," Werk, October 1948, p. 317
    Alberto Rosselli, "Disegno per l'industria," Domus, no. 274, October 1952, p. 59
    Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti, Le Navi: Il progetto degli interni navali 1948-1953, Milan, 2007, p. 114
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 19, 69, 90, 160, 396
    Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 55

  • 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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Set of four adjustable wall lights, model no. 131

circa 1947
Painted metal, brass.
Each, as shown: 19 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 7 in. (49.5 x 15.9 x 17.8 cm)
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $15,120

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New York Auction 9 June 2021