Gino Sarfatti - Design New York Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Literature

    "Arteluce," Domus, no. 411, February 1964, n.p.
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, p. 413
    Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 71

  • 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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Pair of wall lights, model. no. 232

circa 1961
Copper-plated metal, painted steel, painted metal.
Each: 5 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (14 x 13 x 19.1 cm)
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $8,190

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New York Auction 7 December 2021