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1980s Italian Table Lamp

Materials: Satin amber coloured hand blown vetro doublé crystal frosted glass globe lampshade, white on the inside. Round green-blue crystal glass base. Chromed conical ribbed 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: 1980s.

Designer: To be appraised.

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

This art deco style mid-century table lamp is completely made in the style of some lamps made by FontanaArte. Several lamps were produced with a similar base. Maybe it is a table lamp by FontanaArte.

Leucos, another Italian company, made a collection of lights in exactly the same satin amber coloured glass, maybe it is a table lamp by this Murano company. A thorough search unfortunately yielded nothing.


The dimmer of this table lamp is an RT1 dimmer, designed by Ezio Didone in 1985 and produced by Relco. Relco started the production of dimmers 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 in 1968.

Vetro Doublé: an object made of two layers of glass normally of two different colours.

Ezio Didone RT1 dimmer – Relco

1980s Italian Table Lamp round glass base conical ribbed chrome rod cream globe glass lampshade dimmer