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Murano clowns by master Dario in a shop in Venice, October 2014  

Murano Clowns Venice Italy 2014

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Murano Drunk Clown Table Lamp

 

Materials: Crystal hand blown Murano glass in many colours. Brass ring. Bakelite socket.

Height: 47 cm / 18.50”

Width: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of lamp can be used. Preferably a small bulb, white/opaque or clear/bright.

Period: 1950s until now.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

These clowns were very popular from the 1950s to the 1970s. Many glass factories around the world made them. In Europe the were made in Murano, Italy, in Bodenmais, Bavaria, Germany by Joska, in the former Yugoslavian Republic and so on. Today they are also made in China.

The story goes that these clowns were made at the end of the day with the remnants of the glass. Other small pieces were also made in the evening.

All the electric parts of this clown lamp are from the 1960s and Italian and made by the VLM Company from Buccinasco, near Milan. Presumably this lamp is also Italian and made in Murano.

One of the most famous glass masters from Murano, Pino Signoretto sometimes creates a clown. You can’t compare them off course, the clowns from mister Signoretto are refined art.

Murano Drunk Clown Table Lamp

Murano Drunk Clown Table Lamp

Murano Clowns collection

Clown made by glass master Pino Signoretto in 2014

Murano clown made by Pino Signoretto in 2014