Sami El-Khazen Unique Torciere della Cultura Ceiling Light1964-65for Arredoluce, nickel plated bronze, acrylicheight 40in (102cm); 42in (107cm)
Lot 93W
Sami El-Khazen
Unique Torciere della Cultura Ceiling Light
1964-65
for Arredoluce, nickel plated bronze, acrylic
height 40in (102cm); 42in (107cm)
Sold for US$ 32,500 inc. premium

Modern Decorative Art + Design

14 Dec 2018, 10:30 EST

New York

Lot Details
Sami El-Khazen Unique Torciere della Cultura Ceiling Light1964-65for Arredoluce, nickel plated bronze, acrylicheight 40in (102cm); 42in (107cm) Sami El-Khazen Unique Torciere della Cultura Ceiling Light1964-65for Arredoluce, nickel plated bronze, acrylicheight 40in (102cm); 42in (107cm)
Sami El-Khazen
Unique Torciere della Cultura Ceiling Light
1964-65
for Arredoluce, nickel plated bronze, acrylic
height 40in (102cm); 42in (107cm)

Footnotes

  • Registered in the Arredoluce Archive under number #0192407

    The seminal Lebanese architect and artist Sami El-Khazim conceived the design of the Lebanese Pavillion at the World's Fair in New York in 1964. The centerpiece of the Pavillion was a monumental ceiling lamp that was produced by Arredoluce titled, 'Torciere della Cultura'.

    The work was acquired after the fair by The Shah of Iran for use in the palace dining room. The ceiling light was sent to the Arredoluce factory in Monza where it was dismantled and re-engineered into the present smaller proportioned work.

    Provenance
    World's Fair, New York, 1964
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, The Shah of Iran, 1965
    Private Collection, US, 1979
    Unidentified Auction, New York
    Acquired from the above, 1985
    Thence by Descent to the present owner


    Literature
    Anti Pansera, Alessandro Padoan, Alessandro Palmaghini, 'Arredoluce Catalogue Raisonne 1943-1987', Silvana Editoriale, 2018, p. 31 (period photograph of present lot prior to adaptation)
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