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1950s Dimmable Table Lamp
Materials: Black painted metal triangular base. Painted with wrinkle paint. Black painted grill. White acrylic disc, yellow acrylic disc. Brass with porcelain socket. Gray painted metal cover of the base. Dimmer. 6 black painted ornamental screws.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: 18 cm / 7.08”
Base: 16 x 16 x 16 cm / 6.29 x 6.29 x 6.29”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Télé-Ambiance, France – attributed.
Other versions: Also made with two white discs and a gray painted base, the ornamental screws are chromed. Made in several colours (orange, red, pink, and also with a different gaze in between the two discs. A triangle and a square version also exist. Some were sold with the text “Télé-Ambiance” engraved in the bottom. Lamps with a different base were also produced. Probably Télé-Ambiance was the brands name. Also wall lamps exist. Below you find a different lamp with the same inscription engraved.
This lamp is typical for the late 1950s, early 1960s. There is no label present. Unfortunately the electric parts also don’t give a clue. No markings on the socket or dimmer. The plug was made by VLM Components in the 1960s but it is in all probability not original. You find this lamp with several different plugs.
These table lamps were known as TV-lamps because they were made to place on top of a black and white TV to give some contrast light. Some brands of TV’s had these lamps build-in. The Belgium SBR (Société Belge Radio) was such a company, they made it standard in every television.
It was intended to reduce the fatigue of the eyes, because everybody was watching television in the dark. All the other lamps had bright light bulbs and there were few electrical outlets in houses. Today it is an ideal bedside or table lamp.
Lamps with dimmers from that period are very rare. Dimmers were mostly to big and made of several coils. Since the 1960s the small TRIAC is used to do the same thing (triode for alternating current).
Some people say it is a German lamp. Others say it is a lamp designed by Angelo Lelii and produced by Arredoluce. Other people say it is a lamp made by Stilux, another Italian company. Also Angelo Brotto, Francese Del Lavoro and Ettore Sottsass were named. Some say Mathieu Mategot because of the gase…
Gino Sarfatti‘s chandelier number 2072 from 1953 produced by Arteluce has some similarities.