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Antonio Pavia Crane Table Lamp

Materials: Round metal (brass) base. Brass bird (crane) with a nautilus shell body. White heart-shaped silk fabric lampshade. Bakelite E14 socket.

Height: 80 cm / 31.49”

Base: ∅ 21 cm / 8.26”

Electricity: 1 bulbs E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Hollywood Regency.

Designer: Antonio Pavia.

Manufacturer: Studio Antonio Pavia, Italy.

Other versions: The Antonio Pavia crane table lamp was made in several variations.

Antonio Pavia

Not much to be found about the designer, unfortunately. He designed many table and floor lamps in this style. All with a white silk shade. Often with 3 or more lampshades and with crane birds or herons and all made in brass. Wall lamps in the form of butterflies were also made, also with silk shades. Antonia Pavia was not only a lamp designer. He also designed furniture, chairs and utensils. Sometimes his lamps are signed with the AP logo, often not. 

Other designers that created lamps in this style at that period were Gabriella Crespi and Lanciotto Galeotti. Also the Belgian Massive company produced many brass table lamps with birds.

For this table lamp the shell of a nautilus was used. Nautilus is a genus of squid from the Nautilidae family. Nautiluses originated during the Cambrian period, around 500 million years ago, from squids.


The electric parts of this crane table lamp were made by Vimar, an Italian company located in Marostica, some 100 km (60 miles) from Venice.

Vimar was founded at the end of World War II, on May Day 1945. They started in a former hat factory with the production of products for the residential use of electricity. All based on elements obtained by molding thermosetting resin.

The Vimar company still exists. Today it specializes in wiring devices, H&B automation, door entry systems, safety & security equipment, sockets and plugs and plant infrastructure.

Lamps in the movies!

An Antonio Pavia table lamp was used as a prop in the French comedy drama film Le Chapeau De Mitterrand (The President’s Hat) from 2016. Starring Frédéric Diefenthal, Frédérique Bel and Roland Giraud.

Antonio Pavia table lamp used as a prop in the film Le Chapeau De Mitterrand (2016)

Probably an Antonio Pavia floor lamp was used as a prop in the 2018 American comedy-drama television series Get Shorty (S2 E9) – Safe Space. Starring: Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano and Sean Bridgers.

Antonio Pavia crane floor lamp used as a prop in the 2018 Get Shorty TV Series S2 E9: Safe Space