1970s Dimpled Balloon Murano Table Lamp
Materials: Hand blown crystal Murano glass made of three layers of glass. Two white opal layers and one clear.
Height: 46 cm / 18.11”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Base: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
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 – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Made in some varieties. Also made in striped glass.
This deflated balloon table lamp is made in the style of the table lamps designed by Muranese glass master Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010). In the late 1960s he started to create table lamps in biomorphe sculptural forms. This lamp has some similarities with the Munega table lamp he designed in 1978. This lamp is still in production by Vistosi.
It is made in the form of a deflated, dented or dimpled balloon. Made of three layers of glass and +- 1 cm / 0.39” thick; this table lamp is very heavy.
This lamp is not made by Vistosi, as the company has confirmed. In all probability it was also made on the Murano island in Italy.
A striped version was found on the internet as a lamp made and designed by Lino Tagliapietra and produced by Effetre, but that is very unlikely. Lino Tagliapietra is the master in striped Murano glass, but in a different category. Less complicated designs as he creates now were made for the La Murrina company in the 1960s and 1970s. You can find some examples here on Vintageinfo. Second, Effetre does not make glass items. The company produces glass rods for glass processing in all possible colors and designs such as millefiori.
All the electric parts were made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan. They were produced in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Vistosi history on their website
Effetre Murano website
Luciano Vistosi in the Murano glass Museum
Luciano Vistosi on Wikipedia
Vetreria Vistosi on Wikipedia
Biography of Luciano Vistosi on the Murano Glass Museum website
Inexhibit: The sculpture of Vistosi at the Murano Glass Museum
History of Murano – Wikipedia
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia
Murano glass Museum