Gino Sarfatti - Modern Masters London Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, France
    Galerie Diegoni, Paris

  • Literature

    Angela Comolli Sordelli, Enciclopedia Illustrata dell'Arredamento, Milan, 1965, p. 137 for the model in a different size
    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 314, 474 for the model in different sizes

  • 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 large chandelier, model no. 2109/27, executed for a private commission, France

Painted tubular steel, painted steel chain, painted steel, painted aluminium, opaque glass.
95 cm (37 3/8 in.) drop, 351 cm (138 1/4 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gino Sarfatti Archive.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £106,250

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Modern Masters

London Auction 26 April 2017