1950s Perforated Bedside Lamp
Materials: Brass round base. Iron counterweight inside the base. Brass curved & folded rod. Mint green wrinkle painted aluminium conical lampshade. White painted on the inside. Many diamond, square perforated holes. Brass, gold coloured aluminium socket holder on top of the lampshade. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 17,5 cm / 6.88”
Width: 16 cm / 6.29”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Electricity: 1 bulbs 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: Robert Pfäffle KG., Elektrotechnische Fabrik, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany – ERPEES.
Other versions: This 1950s perforated bedside lamp was made in several varieties, as you can see in the catalogue picture from 1964.
In 1909 Robert Pfäffle founded an office for electrical engineering and wholesale for electrical consumer goods in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The town is near the Austrian border on the eastern edge of the Black Forest.
After 1949, the company was continued in the form of a limited partnership. The “Robert Pfäffle KG electrical and lighting equipment factory” mainly produced table and bedside lamps, wall and mirror lights under the “Erpees” brand, as well as universal tube lamps, ceiling and floor lamps.
After the insolvency proceedings were opened in 1984, the cancellation took place in the commercial register in 1986.
The most well known lamp and the biggest success for the company is a desk lamp with a digital clock and alarm from the 70’s, the Chronolux, a Knox design. The lamp was produced in many variations and for a long time.
Many other lighting producers made similar lamps. Heiru Leuchten from Austria also produced some lamps with a diamond/square perforation.