What is guaranteed?
painted aluminum, brass
manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy
46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm) drop as illustrated
31 in. (78.7 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. The metal surfaces throughout present with scattered light scratches, scuffing and light surface soiling consistent with age and gentle use. The white shade presents with small occasional losses to the paint particularly concentrated to the edges and not visually distracting. The black diffuser appears to have been repainted at some point in the history of the piece and presents very well overall. The brass elements present with oxidation, tarnish and light pitting consistent with age. One of the support wires has been sensitively replaced by a professional restorer in keeping with the original design to ensure stability and functionality. A beautifully balanced design by Angelo Lelli. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Sotheby's New York, December 15, 2006, lot 78
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Roberto Aloi, Esempi di decorazione moderna di tutto il mondo, Illuminazione d'oggi, Milan, 1956, p. 195
Daniele Baroni, L'oggetto -Lampada - Forma e funzione, Milan, 1981, p. 120
Anne Bony, Les années 50, Paris, 1982, p. 257
Piero Castiglione, Chiara Baldacci and Giuseppe Biondo, Lux, Italia 1930-1990, L'architettura della luce, Milan, 1991, p. 59
Alberto Bassi, La luce italiana, design delle lampade 1945-2000, Milan, 2003, p. 77
Charlotte and Peter Fiell, 1000 lights 1879 to 1959, Cologne, 2005, p. 465
Clémence and Didier Krentowski, The Complete Designer's Lights (1950-1990), Zurich, 2012, p. 87
Sotheby's would like to thank Arredoluce for their assistance with the authentication of this lot.