Gino Sarfatti 1912–1984

Born in 1912, Gino Sarfatti revolutionized the field of Italian lighting design. As a teenager, Sarfatti switched his field of study from classics to aeronautical engineering, later incorporating the scientific precision he learned from his engineering background into crafting his light fixtures. He opened his lighting atelier Lumen in 1935, which quickly gained popularity as a new voice in the field of lighting. Lumen advertised in the influential Italian design magazine Domus, and Sarfatti opened a showroom in the Via Verdi. However, in 1938, Sarfatti left Lumen and went on to found the firm Arteluce along with his wife Jolanda Marazza Sarfatti and architects Maurizio Bolchini and Franco Buzzi.

In 1940, Arteluce participated in the VII Triennale in Milan. Due to the bombings during World War II, Sarfatti moved the production of Arteluce from Milan to Albavilla. However, soon after moving production, he was forced into exile in Switzerland after facing persecution for his Jewish heritage. Following the end of WWII he gained recognition for his extraordinary work, returning to Italy and continuing his leadership of Arteluce. His lighting was showcased in the groundbreaking exhibit Italy at Work at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950, which featured the work of 150 Italian designers and craftsmen.

Auction Results Gino Sarfatti

GINO SARFATTI, chandelier, model 2040 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

chandelier, model 2040

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $72,100
GINO SARFATTI, chandelier | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

chandelier

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $40,800
GINO SARFATTI, chandelier | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

chandelier

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $40,000
GINO SARFATTI, Lollipop chandelier, model 2072 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

Lollipop chandelier, model 2072

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $39,600
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1063 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1063

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $36,250
GINO SARFATTI, chandelier, model 2068 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

chandelier, model 2068

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $31,200
GINO SARFATTI, chandelier, model 2040 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

chandelier, model 2040

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1063 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1063

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamps, pair | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamps, pair

estimate: $20,000–25,000
result: $21,600
GINO SARFATTI, lamp, model 1063 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

lamp, model 1063

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,400
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1034 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1034

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
GINO SARFATTI, ceiling lamp, model 3026 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

ceiling lamp, model 3026

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
GINO SARFATTI, wall-mounted lamp, model 175 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

wall-mounted lamp, model 175

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $20,000
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1034 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1034

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,000
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1056 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1056

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750
GINO SARFATTI, ceiling light, model 3026-1 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

ceiling light, model 3026-1

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1034 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1034

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750
GINO SARFATTI, ceiling/wall light, model 3026.40 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

ceiling/wall light, model 3026.40

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750
GINO SARFATTI, Moon '69 table lamp, model 604 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

Moon '69 table lamp, model 604

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750
GINO SARFATTI, floor lamp, model 1082 | wright20.com

Gino Sarfatti

floor lamp, model 1082

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $16,250