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Drawing, Designs for Wall Sconces, 1989

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Ettore Sottsass. It is dated 1989 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is graphite, color crayon on cream paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

These two drawings relate to a 1989 commission from the Yamagiwa Art Foundation, Tokyo, awarded to Ettore Sottsass for lighting fixture design. For the standing lamps (2013-24-11), the sketch with the green color crayon beside the encircled number “16” was fabricated. Among the wall sconce designs (2013-24-12), the company chose to fabricate a version of the two drawings in the middle of the upper part of the sheet.

This object was donated by Friedman Benda Gallery. It is credited Gift of Friedman Benda, courtesy of the artist.

Its dimensions are

36.5 x 29 cm (14 3/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in graphite, lower right: Sottsass / 89'

Cite this object as

Drawing, Designs for Wall Sconces, 1989; Designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917–2007); Italy; graphite, color crayon on cream paper; 36.5 x 29 cm (14 3/8 x 11 7/16 in.); Gift of Friedman Benda, courtesy of the artist; 2013-24-12

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