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: To be appraised.
Other versions: Also made with two white discs and a gray painted base, the ornamental screws are chromed. Possible also made in several colours.
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.
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 and Ettore Sottsass were named. It definitely has all the Italian looks.