Vintage Gino Sarfatti Lighting



2015-06-26 10:32:10

Vintage Gino Sarfatti Lighting is original 20th century lighting created by the Italian designer Gino Sarfatti.

Brief history and description

Sarfatti was an Italian designer, born in Venice in 1912. He studied engineering at the University of Genoa, and worked in the field of lighting fixtures from 1939 onwards, going on to become a hugely influential figure in modern architectural and lighting movements.

In addition to his work in lighting, Sarfatti carried out extensive research into modernism, working to incorporate new methods, materials and technologies into his work.

Gino Sarfatti won a number of awards over the course of his thirty year career. He died in 1985.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Gino Sarfatti lighting has appeared at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as featuring in online auctions such as those held at websites such as eBay. The designer’s work has been seen to sell for high prices, with final sale cost normally dictated by the age and intricacy of a particular piece.

Prospective collectors are advised to carefully check the authenticity of works before purchasing, and if in doubt should seek specialist opinion.

Further information on Sarfatti’s work can be found at websites such as Architonic, which features an extensive and detailed catalogue of the designer’s work.


A Gino Sarfatti floor lamp (model no. 1063) dated from 1954 sold for $46,000 from Phillips de Pury & Company on 25th May 2011. In a similar price range, a rare Gino Sarfatti ceiling light dated from 1953 sold for $45,000 on 13th December 2007 from the same auction house.

Elsewhere, Gino Sarfatti lighting has frequently sold for prices of between $800-$2000, such as the Gino Sarfatti ceiling light, designed in 1963, which sold from Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH on 10th June 2008 for $1,500.

In a lower price range, a Gino Sarfatti table lamp in white sold for $225 from Treadway Gallery on 6th March 2011.

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