Gino Sarfatti - Design London Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Casa Minerbi, Ferrara, Italy

  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), no. 274, October 1952, p. 59
    Alberto Bassi, Italian Lighting Design: 1945–2000, Milan, 2004, p. 44
    Clémence Krzentowski and Didier Krzentowski, eds., The complete designers' lights (1950-1990) 30 years of collecting, Paris, 2012, p. 66

  • 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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Adjustable wall and standard lamp, model no. 1045/VT, from the Casa Minerbi, Ferrara

circa 1950
Tubular brass, painted metal.
146.6 cm (57 3/4 in.) high fully extended
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £15,000

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London 26 September 2013