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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.

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Average Sold Price
$2,600
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Pair of 1960s Wall Light Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari for Boulanger
By Gaetano Sciolari, S.A. Boulanger
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
Two 1960s wall lights in Murano glass by Gaetano Sciolari for Boulanger. The large glass shades cast a soft, diffused light. They are mounted on brass mounts, the shades held ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Trumpet Chandelier by Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, S.A. Boulanger
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A Sciolari trumpet-shaped chandelier made from chromed metal (iron and brass), with white opal glass globes. The design is made by Gaetano Sciolarie, Italy. The manufacturer is Socié...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Aluminum

Chandelier 'Ovali' by Gaetano Sciolari, Italy
By Gaetano Sciolari, Sciolari Lighting
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Nine-light fixture in chrome with textured details, oval crystals and crystal bars. A chandelier in a spectacular mix of Classic and modern. Marked with the Sciolari label, 1970s. ...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Crystal, Chrome

Ovali Chandelier by Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
1960s chandelier from Sciolari's "Ovali" collection, referring to the distinctive modernist shaped crystals dangling from this sculptural geometric silver and nickel plated round cha...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Crystal, Nickel

Pair of Futura Sconces by Sciolari, Italy, 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Very rare model of wall lights sconces Futura by Gaetano Sciolari. Metal chrome, original stamp on back. Famous manufacture like Reggiani, Willy Rizzo for Lumica, Hollywood Regency. ...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Metal, Chrome

  • Pair of Futura Sconces by Sciolari, Italy, 1970s
  • Pair of Futura Sconces by Sciolari, Italy, 1970s
  • Pair of Futura Sconces by Sciolari, Italy, 1970s
  • Pair of Futura Sconces by Sciolari, Italy, 1970s
H 12.6 in. W 12.21 in. D 9.06 in.
Gaetano Sciolari Brass and Black Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very beautiful set of two Gaetano Sciolari chandeliers in brass and black with 6-light bulbs each. Hanging on a massive brass bar. Nice geometric structure and with a perfect style a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Gaetano Sciolari

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Brass

Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Three Light Chrome & Smoked Glass Chandelier Italy 1970
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
Superb pair of Gaetano Sciolari three-light Chrome chandelier with smoked Glass Globes. US rewired and in working condition. 60 watt max bulb per light.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

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Chrome

1960s Gaetano Sciolari Four-Light Crystal Cube Flush Mount Lamp
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Denver, CO
Square four-light flush mounted sconce or ceiling lamp by Gaetano Sciolari, dating to the 1960s. This original example has four square crystal cubes on chrome-plated steel mounting p...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Gaetano Sciolari

Materials

Crystal, Chrome

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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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