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Italian 1970s Desk Light - Mercato delle Pulci

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Italian 1970s Desk Light

 

Materials: Chromed metal, silver-white painted aluminum lampshade. Bakelite socket.

Height: 39 cm / 15.35”

Width: 32 cm / 12.59”

Base: 28 x 24 cm / 11.02 x 9.44”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised, in all probability an Italian company.

This light was purchased in Florence, Italy on October 10, 2016 at the “Mercato alle Pulci” (flea market) at the . Previously the flea market was located at the Piazza dei Ciompi, a market place nearby. It is not a true flea market: only dealers in white tents who sell antiques and stuff every day of the week.

A particular light it is; adjustable, a switch for a floor lamp and an ashtray. Can be seen as a “vide-poche” (Small receptacle where items are deposited).

At the airport this light passed the customs after a check for drugs and explosives. The customs official used some special paper and rubbed it over the lamp with his gloves on. Afterwards he put the paper strip in a computer test lab.
I took it with me in the hand luggage because there was no space left in the suitcases and also and most important: I wanted to keep it with me to avoid damage.

Italian 1970s Desk Light - Italian plug made suitable for use in the rest of Europe, except Britain.

Italian 1970s Desk Light

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Italian 1970s Desk Light

Where this lamp was purchased: a place to go when you visit Florence!