Gino Sarfatti - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Domus, no. 149, May 1940, p. 97 for an advertisement showing the 12-light version
    "Une serie ingegnosa e pratica di apparecchi di illuminazione," Domus, no. 151, July 1940, p. 89 for the 12-light version
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, p. 460 for the 12-light version
    Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 36 for the 12-light version

  • 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, Amsterdam


Early ceiling light, model no. S 00106

Gold-washed brass, gold-washed steel.
30 in. (76.2 cm) drop, 37 in. (94 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gino Sarfatti Archive.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $175,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016