Gino Sarfatti - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Abitare, no. 31, December 1964, n.p. for an Arteluce advertisement
    Piero Castiglioni, Chiara Baldacci, and Giuseppe Biondo, Lux: Italia 1930-1990: l'architettura della luce, Milan, 1991, p. 65, fig. 88
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 361, 438

  • 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 table lamp, model no. 598

circa 1965
Glass, nickel-plated brass, painted steel.
41.5 cm (16 3/8 in.) high, 37 cm (14 5/8 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Underside with manufacturer's label printed AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £15,000

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018