Vintage Arteluce Lighting
Vintage Arteluce Lighting is original lighting designed by the Italina company Arteluce.
Brief history and description
Arteluce was a lighting and interior design company founded in 1936 by Gino Sarfatti, an aeronautical engineer who was considered to be pioneer in modern lighting designs.
Arteluce became internationally-recognized during the 1950s as a leading lighting design company thanks to Sarfatti inventing the first lamp to use halogen bulbs, as well as his experimentation with the use of plexiglass in many of his lighting products.
Some of the many world-renowned designers who once worked at Arteluce include Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, Matteo Thun, Ezio Didoni, Marc Sadler and Perry A. King.
In 1974 the company became a part of the Flos lighting company, and still continues to produce original Arteluce lighting designs today.
Guide for collectors
Arteluce lighting items that were designed by Gino Sarfatti are considered to be the most valuable among collectors. Gino Sarfatti's red, blue, yellow and white perspex and painted metal ceiling lights, his star-shaped painted metal ceiling lights and his painted metal, brass and glass wall lights are all considered to be both rare and valuable.
Restoration of a vintage Arteluce lighting item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding vintage Arteluce lighting, visit Flos USA's official website,
Wright Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Gino Sarfatti brass and enameled aluminum Arteluce chandelier (circa 1945) for $32,000 in December of 2011, and a Gino Sarfatti red, blue, yellow and white perspex and painted metal ceiling light for $45,000 in December of 2007.
Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH in Munich, Germany sold a Gino Sarfatti "1063" steel sheeting floor light (circa 1954) for €18,000 in June of 2007, and another Sarfatti "1063" floor light for €6,000 in November of 2008.
Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH in Munich, Germany sold a Gino Sarfatti aluminum sheet and black lacquer "607" table light (circa 1971) for €900 in September of 2011, and another "607" table light for €1,400 in February of 2011.
Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold an Arteluce-style floor lamp with metal frames and three round chrome-plated lights (circa 1960s) for $475 in December of 2005, and another Arteluce-style floor lamp for $200 in March of 2007.
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