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1960s Brass & Onyx Table Lamp


Materials: Brass, etched/engraved brass with a sort of leaves motive, cast brass base. A cube of Brazilian green onyx. Brass with porcelain socket. Fabric lampshade.

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 – Art Deco Revival.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Unknown.

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 to be found about these companies.

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 1920s and 1930s. 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 on Wikipedia

Ferdinand Preiss on Wikipedia

Art deco on Wikipedia

1960s Brass & Onyx Table Lamp