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1970s Italian Table Lamp

Materials: Vanilla/ocher coloured hand blown incamiciato crystal glass. Green-blue crystal glass base. Chromed metal rod. Bakelite socket. Relco RT1 dimmer.

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: 19 cm / 7.48”

Base: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised, in all probability an Italian company.

Completely made in the style of the lights made by Fontana Arte and designed by Pietro Chiesa. Maybe it is a light by this company.

Leucos, an Italian company from Murano, made a collection of lights in exactly the same colour of glass, maybe it is a light by this company.


The Relco dimmer is an RT 1 dimmer, the first dimmer made by the Relco company. Today the Relco dimmers have numbers such as RT 99, RL 7317 and so on. Relco started the production of adjustable light in 1975.

Relco is an Italian company, this is the text from the Relco website: “The Relco Group was established in 1967 out of the passion and the brains of Giuseppe Pisati. Initially, the company was involved in electrical engineering applied to lighting. In 1975, it created the first adjustable light: it was only the beginning of a long series of successes. Since then, the group, currently guided by Angelo Giuliano Pisati, has continuously expanded.”

Relco is also the owner of the VLM Components company, the legendary producers of the switches designed by Achille Castiglioni.

Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass. Coloured on the outside, white on the inside.


Links (external links open in a new window)

The Relco company history (on the Relco website)

The Relco Group website

VLM switches designed by Achille Castiglioni on Vintageinfo

FontanaArte website

Relco RT 1 dimmer