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

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  • Literature

    Roberto Aloi, L’ Arredamento Moderno, sesta serie, Milan, 1955, fig. 209
    Roberto Aloi, Esempi: Di Decorazione Moderna, Moderno Di Tutto Il Mondo, Milan, 1956, p. 186
    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 74
    Piero Castiglioni, Lux: Italia 1930-1990. L'architettura della luce / The architecture of lighting / L'architecture de la lumiere, Milan, 1991, p. 67, fig. 92
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 19, 66, 99, 231, 468
    Clémence Krzentowski and Didier Krzentowski, eds., The Complete Designers' Lights II, 35 Years of Collecting, Paris, 2014, p. 99

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a larger version of ceiling light, model no. 2068, which measures 110 cm (43 1/4 in.) diameter.

  • 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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Large ceiling light, variant, model no. 2068

circa 1952
Painted steel, brass.
82.5 cm (32 1/2 in.) drop, 197 cm (77 1/2 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from Sandra Severi Sarfatti.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £75,000

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Madalena Horta e Costa
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+44 20 7318 4019

Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018