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Serpente by Elio Martinelli, Italy 1965

Serpente by Elio Martinelli, Italy 1965

[SOLD] This early Serpente was designed in 1965 by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce. It is an excellent example of lighting design which is influenced by nature. The swivel arm uncoils from the central base to rise up and support the domed shade that provides diffused illumination. It casts beautiful, diffused light from its swiveling upper arm with white opal acrylic diffuser.

The Serpente table lamp is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.


Virtually in unmarked condition it has survived almost 55 years of useage. The acrylic shade is unmarked and the swivel base has never been restored. There are two small chips on the base plate where the paint has come of. This could be easily touched up if you wish, although it is also a reminder of the life this object has lived.


In 2015 a special series of the Serpente was issued to commemorate 50 years of design. This series was limited to 100 examples and produced in gold: a very expensive item! Fortunately, this particular example is more affordable...


Height: 45cm

Diameter shade: 42cm

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