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Gaetano Sciolari

Italian, 1927-1994

The work of celebrated mid-century Italian lighting designer and entrepreneur Angelo Gaetano Sciolari became widely popular in the United States during the postwar years and strongly influenced lighting makers around the world. The sculptural forms and striking geometric details of his vintage floor lamps, chandeliers and other fixtures fit seamlessly into the mid-century modern and Hollywood Regency interiors of the day.

Sciolari formally studied architecture but also pursued filmmaking for a short period. When his father passed away in 1949, Sciolari took the reins at his family's company, Sciolari Lighting, which had been in business in Rome since 1892. The manufacturer expanded considerably under Gaetano’s leadership. For one, pioneering American lighting company Lightolier, in New York City, began to import the Italian brand’s lighting for the U.S. market, and Lightolier’s star designer, Gerald Thurston, was significantly influenced by Gaetano’s work. In the 1970s, Americans looking to add provocative fixtures created by Gaetano Sciolari to their living rooms could find them in Lightolier catalogs.

Sciolari initially crafted lamps and sconces that bore the hallmarks of traditional Italian design. But during the 1950s, when he would become the in-house designer for legendary Milan lighting manufacturer Stilnovo — one of the leaders of Italian postwar design — he created revolutionary fixtures that endured as his best-known work.

Sciolari drew on a range of influences — enthusiasts see the imprint of Art Deco, brutalism and more in his lighting — and designed futuristic Space Age chandeliers, ceiling lamps and pendants for Stilnovo as well as Stilkronen and S.A. Boulanger that defied the conventions of the time. A dizzying array of materials and finishes characterizes the designer’s work, while geometry is pronounced in each sculptural fixture — there are blown opal glass spheres, polished chrome tubes and brass square bulb holders. These combinations were critical to the development of dazzling lighting that proves eye-catching in any space decades later.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Angelo Gaetano Sciolari lighting today.

Average Sold Price
$2,515
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1 of 5 Leola Flushmount Sciolari Light Fixture Dark Brass, Germany, 1980s
By Leola, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Aachen, NRW
Stunning five-light flush mount light fixture in brass can be used as wall or ceiling light. Sockets: 5 x E27 standard bulbs - max 60 watts each Light bulbs are not included. It ...
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Brass

1 of 2 Leola Flush Mount Sciolari Light Fixture Chrome, Germany, 1970s
By Leola, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Aachen, NRW
Stunning nine-light flush mount light fixture in chrome, can be used as wall or ceiling light. Design: Sciolari Sockets: 9 x E14 small bulbs - max 40 watt each. Light bulbs are n...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Chrome

Sciolari Sconces
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant 1960s pair of Italian chrome-plated brass, glass globe sconces by Sciolari of Italy. Single E12/E14 candelabra based socket per sconce. Priced as a pair. Wired for use in the...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Brass, Chrome

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H 9 in. W 7.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier glass rod and brass two-tiered waterfall flush mount chandelier. Chrome-plated hexagonal ceiling mount with six brass plated reverse trefoil fitters. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Chrome, Brass

1960s Chrome Table Lamp Attributed to Max Sauze for Sciolari
By Max Sauze, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Amsterdam, NH
Characteristic playful large table lamp. Consist of six leaves and five layers of rings, each layer has three-chrome rings attached. It holds three lights.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gaetano Sciolari

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Chrome

Sciolari Iconic Cubist Polished Stainless Steel Brass and Lucite Chandelier
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
Iconic Sciolari chandelier. Polished stainless steel squares are interlocked with lucite cubes and brass rods to create the interesting multi plane design. Retains the original and v...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Big Gaetano Sciolari Brass Saloon Chandelier, circa 1920s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Sciolari Lighting
Located in Wien, AT
Big Gaetano Sciolari brass saloon chandelier, circa 1920s Polished and stove enameled Shades are replaced new. Very rare and high quality chandelier.
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Brass

Pair of Cubic Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1970s Cubic sconces by Sciolari. The brushed aluminum sconces have been newly rewired for the US. At each end they have a single candelabra light source with a 40 watt max p...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Metal

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Gaetano Sciolari furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Gaetano Sciolari furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gaetano Sciolari collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. In-stock of these items we have 682 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Gaetano Sciolari were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Carlo Nason, Stilnovo and Barovier & Toso. Prices for Gaetano Sciolari furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$287 and tops out at US$53,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,756 on average..

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