Gino Sarfatti - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Piero Castiglioni, Chiara Baldacci and Giuseppe Biondo, Lux Italia 1930-1990: L'architettura della luce, Milan, 1991, p. 65
    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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Table lamp, model no. 598

circa 1965
Glass, partially painted aluminium, painted steel, painted brass.
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.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,820

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021