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1960s Wrinkle Paint Desk Lamp

Materials: Black painted cast iron base. Painted in wrinkle paint. Brass nickel-plated goose neck. Red painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. The red outside is wrinkle painted. Metal and porcelain socket.

Height: 34 cm / 13.38” – adjustable

Lampshade: 12 x 14,5 cm / 4.72 x 5.70”

Base: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”

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 – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

This lamp has a cast iron base made by Erwi. Erwi was a cast iron producer, not a lamp producer. Erwi made cast iron counterweights for several lighting companies. Erwi produced many items in cast iron, for instance also Christmas tree stands. In all probability a German company. It does not exist anymore.

Kaiser Leuchten (Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG) and Philips (Koninklijke Philips N.V.) were two of the most important customers. For example, the famous crow’s foot table lamp by Philips designed by Louis Kalff in the 1950s uses an Erwi base. Maybe this is a lamp by Kaiser Leuchten because a search in Philips catalogues did not give any result.

The switch was made by Arno, in all probability an Italian company.

Erwi Cast Iron Counterweight and Base - 1960s Wrinkle Paint Desk Lamp

1960s Wrinkle Paint Desk Lamp - Erwi Cast Iron Base