Artistica Murano Glass Fish Table Lamp
Materials: Crystal yellow, green and translucent Murano glass. Ribbed round base. Hand blown in the sommerso technique. The fish has gold flakes in the fins. Striking round red fabric lampshade with gold coloured decoration and a black ribbon bow. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
Total Height: 63 cm / 24.80”
Lampshade: ∅ 31 cm / 12.20”
Width Fish: 18 cm / 7.08”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Height (glass with socket): 31 cm / 12.20”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of lamp can be used, not a specific one preferred. The switch is in the socket.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Kitsch.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Artistica Murano CCC, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: This Artistica Murano glass fish table lamp was in all probability made in several colours. You can find them with several different lampshades.
Artistica Murano CCC made this lamp, the company no longer exists. Nothing to be found about it, except for some other old glass pieces. At some point the name was Cristallo Venezia CCC.
This lamp, together with many others, were also sold by the Belgian Massive company, as you can see in the catalogue picture. Massive sold many lamps made in Murano.
This fish lamp is hand blown in the sommerso technique which became popular in the 50’s thanks to Flavio Poli who designed glass objects for Seguso Vetri d’Arte with delightful selections of colours, proficiently assisted by the hand of the master glassblower Angelo Seguso. The first sommerso items were those designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini & Co. in the 1930’s.
Sommerso or submerged, is a form of glass that has layers of contrasting colours. They are formed by dipping coloured glass into another molten glass.
Artistica Murano CCC label on this table lamp
Cristallo Venezia CCC label on a vase
Collection of sommerso vases
Many thanks to Bart for the catalogue picture!