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Angelo Lelii Table Lamp

 

Materials: Mint green painted aluminum lampshade, white painted inside. Brass parts, brass tripod. Some early plastic socket, probably no Bakelite.

Height: 34 cm / 13.38”

Width: ∅ 12.5 cm / 4.92”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a small light bulb.

Period: 1940s – 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Lelii aka Angelo Lelli (1911 – 1979).

Manufacturer: Arredoluce, Monza, Italy.

Other versions: Angelo Lelii designed several lights in this style, you can see his most famous, the ”Calla” below, named after the flower calla lily.

They are all “TV-lamps”, table lamps that were intended to put on top of a black and white TV to create a backlight in the at that time very dark living rooms. Rooms were completely blacked out to get a better look at the blurry TV screen.

These rare table lamps are from the earliest period of production at the end of the 1940s, when these lamps were hand produced by artisans, leading to subtle variations between batches and enhancing their artistic appeal.

Angelo Lelii

Angelo Lelii is the founder of Arredoluce; Italy’s most innovative lighting firm of the 1950s and ’60s. He stands out with his innovative research into form, matter and colour.

Angelo Lelii was born in 1911 in Monza, near Milan in Italy. He was responsible for the design and manufacture of hundreds of beautiful lamps. In 1943 he created his first lamp in his basement at home. In 1946 he had a complete page in the famous Domus-magazine and in 1947 he started his company Arredoluce in his home town. The company ended business after his dead in 1979.

You can find an Italian lamp company on the internet with the same name, but they just use this name, they got nothing to do with the original.

 

Links (external links open in a new window)

Lamps designed by Angelo Lelii on Vintageinfo

Calla Table lamps on Vintageinfo

Calla on Wikipedia

  Angelo Lelii

Angelo Lelii

Angelo Lelii Calla Table Lamp

Angelo Lelii Calla Table Lamp