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Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

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.

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Creator: Gaetano Sciolari
Dealer: Kerson Gallery
Pair of 1960s, Italian Sciolari Mid-Century Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
A pair of polished brass Italian wall lights with smoked glass globe shades designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Newly Rewired.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

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Brass

Large Pair of Italian Sciolari Brass Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
A rare large five light pair of aged polished brass modern wall lights by the famed lighting company, Sciolari. Newly rewired.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of 1970s Italian Sciolari Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Pair of polished chrome wall lights by the Italian maker, Sciolari. Newly Rewired with matching backplates. Three E12 60watt sockets each.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

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Chrome

Set of Three Sciolari 1960s Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
An original set of 1960s Italian polished brass and smoked glass globes wall lights by Sciolari. Rewired.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Sciolari 1970s Sconces
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Sleek pair of polished chrome Italian sconces by Sciolari. Three light sources. Rewired.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Pair of 1960s Italian Sciolari Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
A great pair of 1960s modern sleek sconces composed of a polished chrome fixture and two smoked glass globes by the famed lighting company, Sciolari. Newly rewired. One large three g...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

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Chrome

Large 1960s Space Age Sciolari Italian Wall Light
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
A sleek 1960s Italian sconce in polished chrome and brass by the famed lighting company, Sciolari. Newly rewired.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Brass

Pair of 1960s Sciolari Italian Flush Pendants
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
A great pair of original 1960s Space Age flush ceiling lights by the famed Italian lighting maker, Sciolari. The lights are composed of polished chrome round fixtures, clear crystal ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gaetano Sciolari Furniture

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Chrome

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Gaetano Sciolari furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gaetano Sciolari furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gaetano Sciolari furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gaetano Sciolari were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Barovier&Toso, Carlo Nason, and Mazzega Murano. Prices for Gaetano Sciolari furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at £222 and can go as high as £19,845, while a piece like these, on average, fetch £1,996.

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