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Crystal Glass Pendant Lamp

Materials: Crystal hand blown glass, yellow – transparent vanilla on the outside, white on the inside (incamiciato). Some small metal parts. Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Height: 36 cm / 14.17”

Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. However a white/opaque or frosted one gives the best result. Clear light bulbs creates stripes on the glass lampshade and therefore also on the wall.

Period: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Base, Italy.

This crystal hand blown glass pendant lamp is in all probability produced on the Murano island near Venice in Italy. The glass is made “incamiciato”. The Incamiciato technique was invented in Murano in the beginning of the 20th century.

The label says: BASE Made in Italy. Nothing to be found about the name or company. Once in a blue moon a light from this brand is for sale on the internet. In all probability it was a small company and it no longer exists.

Empoli: Another famous region in Italy were this pendant lamp could be originated from.

Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Murano glass on Wikipedia

Incamiciato on MuranoNet

Venice Glass Museum – Museo del Vetro

Murano Glass Museum on Wikipedia

History of Murano – Wikipedia

Murano glass blowing Wikipedia

Empoli’s Glass museum

Incamiciato made lamps on Vintageinfo

Murano lamps on Vintageinfo


Base Crystal Glass Pendant Light - label