Gino Sarfatti - Design New York Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Vercelli

  • Literature

    "per chi deve scegliere lampade di serie," Domus, no. 404, July 1963, p. d/146 for the same shade
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, p. 112 for the same counterbalance and pp. 269, 471 for the same shade

  • 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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Rare extendable ceiling light

circa 1959
Painted aluminum, painted steel, nickel-plated metal.
53 in. (134.6 cm) drop, as shown, 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Interior of shade with manufacturer's paper label printed AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $11,970

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New York Auction 9 June 2021