Gino Sarfatti - Design London Thursday, October 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Como

  • Literature

    Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 56, 294-95, 436

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a rare example of the model no. 584/G, executed in brass instead of chromium-plated brass.

  • 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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Pair of rare table lamps, model no. 584/G

circa 1957
Acrylic, brass, painted steel.
Each: 39 cm (15 3/8 in.) high, 27.5 cm (10 7/8 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy. Each interior fixture with manufacturer's label printed AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE and underside of one base embossed 584.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £25,000

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London Auction 17 October 2019