WINDSOR, Conn. – A vintage 1950s brass floor lamp designed by Italian lighting designer
Gino Sarfatti (1912-1984) for Arteluce, the manufacturing firm he founded in 1939, sold for $15,930 at an auction held May 11 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 25 Meadow Road, Windsor, Conn. It is believed to be a record price paid for a Sarfatti lamp.
In overall good condition, the 80-inch-tall lamp itself was not adjustable, but it had nine white enameled metal shades, each individually adjustable, attached to a solid brass shaft set on a white marble base, signed “Arteluce, Made in Italy” impressed in the brass ring set atop the marble base.
Sarfatti was entirely self-taught. Between the mid-1930s to the early 1970s, he developed nearly 700 floor lamps, chandeliers, spotlights and other “light fittings,” as he called them. He experimented continuously with new types of light sources and was a pioneer in the use of halogen bulbs, utilizing them as early as 1971.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A Jeanne Lanvin Castillo Paris evening gown with beadwork and embroidery hit $1,652, a Pierre Balmain dress mounted with beads and oval stones realized $708, and a Pierre Balmain velvet full-length dress with silk puffy sleeves topped out at $590. Two Hermes silk scarves, with dogs on each, signed Poret, earned $738.
Two clocks by Swiss watch and clock maker Jaeger-LeCoultre each claimed new owners. A Hermes clock, not in working condition and with minor chips on the outside, still fetched $1,452, while a clock made of a block and tackle with rope reached $545.
Two lots of Mid-Century Modern chairs rose to nearly identical prices. A pair of Yrjo Kukkapuro black leather lounge chairs with fiberglass bases made by Haimi in Finland went for $1,652, and an American Studio Craft Movement lounge chair (circa 1975) utilizing both solid and laminated bent-ply walnut having a contoured, single-piece seat and back, garnered $1,694.
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