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1960s Brass & Onyx Table Lamp

Materials: Cast square brass base. A cube of Brazilian green onyx. Etched/engraved brass rod with a sort of leaves motive. Fabric pagoda lampshade. Brass with porcelain E27 socket.

Total Height: 65 cm / 25.59”

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Lampshade: ∅ 28,5 cm / 11.22”

Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”

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: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: It is unknown of this 1960s brass & onyx table lamp was made in several variations. Probably a smaller version was made.

All the electric parts were made in the 1960s, so in all probability also this table lamp. The socket is made by VW, the switch has no markings whatsoever and the plug is made by HM. No information can be found about these companies.

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Onyx comes from the Greek word ‘onux’ and means nail. This stone belongs to the quartz group. Onyx is usually sharpened into a gemstone.  

Green onyx from Brazil became popular in the art deco period in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was mainly used in Germany an Austria to decorate sculptures, trays and pin dishes. Ferdinand Preiss, the German sculptor, used this Brazilian green onyx for the base on the majority of his chryselephantine sculptures.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Onyx – Wikipedia

Ferdinand Preiss – Wikipedia

Art deco – Wikipedia


Other onyx lamps

1960s square brass & onyx table lamp leaves patterned rod fabric lampshade 1970s MCM