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1950s Handle Table Lamp

Materials: Round Carrara marble base. Brass rod and parts. Light yellow painted rod and parts. White curved acrylic diffuser. Folded, lemon slice style lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: 30 x 22 cm / 11.81 x 8.66”

Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Stilux, Milan, Italy – attributed.

Other versions: This 1950s handle table lamp exists in several colours. It can be used as a desk lamp, table lamp or picture lamp. Also produced as a wall lamp and a multi coloured chandelier (light blue, red, light yellow). Often attributed to Stilnovo, another Italian company.


The Stilux company no longer exists. There is a Stilux company in Milan, but it’s got nothing to do with lighting: “Stilux is a company that deals with professional printing and paper converting solutions for communication”. There was also a Sti-lux company that made lamps in the 1990s, but that also no longer exists.

Stilux produced several lamps with a similar base and rod. Lamps with handles, many of them are picture lights, were made by several companies. Famous lamps in this style were made by Carl Aubock and Maurizio Tempestini, to name a few.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

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