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Felt Clown Table Lamp

 

Materials: Felt, wool and some other fabrics. The head is in all probability made of styrofoam. The feet are probably made of wood or cardboard. White Bakelite socket.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: 17 cm / 6.69”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a small round coloured (red) bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised. Produced in Italy for Massive Lighting, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Many different figurines were produced. All with a light bulb for the nose and made with felt.

Arno

The electric parts are Italian and made in the 1960s by Arno.  Arno is a typical European name. Arno elettronica SRL exists in Italy. It’s unclear if this Arno is the maker and that the company existed in the 1960s. The switch is article nr. 503.

Massive Lighting

Massive Lighting was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive Lighting became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.