Big Hokkaido Table Lamp
Materials: Black lacquered wooden rectangular beam with gold coloured elements. Japanese style drawing: presentation of a swimming couple of mandarin ducks in a pond. Some brass parts. White fabric pagoda lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total height: 87 cm / 34.25”
Lampshade: 60 x 40 cm / 23.62 x 15.74”
Height: 55 cm / 21.65”
Base: 26,4 x 14,9 cm / 10.39 x 5.86”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Le Dauphin, Saint Marcellin, France.
Other models: This big Hokkaido table lamp exists also in a smaller version, you can find it here on Vintageinfo.
Hokkaido: The second largest island of Japan, famous for it’s beautiful nature, hence the decoration on this table lamp.
The drawing has similarities with the works made by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1879-1949). But it’s probably a copy or an interpretation that we couldn’t find by some other artist. Information about it is welcome.
Le Dauphin used several famous drawings to decorate their table lamps.
The Le Dauphin company was founded in January 1966 by Maurice Tournu as a small lampshade company. A first factory was built in 1970. In the 1980s, more than 250 employees worked there. More than 50.000 lamps a year were produced.
Le Dauphin: Located in the heart of the region Rhône Alpes, Le Dauphin is a brand famous for its high-end luminaires and its timeless style. The artisan factory is located in Saint-Marcellin, some 50 kilometres from Grenoble.
Le Dauphin created a wide range of light fixtures, from classic ceramics to decorated metal, through the transparency of hand-cut glass.
“To dress the light so that it becomes a source of decoration” was the motto of the Le Dauphin company.
The company name has it’s origin in the former name of the province were it’s located: Dauphiné.
Le Dauphin no longer exists. It ended business in 2009 and was deleted from the register in 2013. The website stayed online until 2017.
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Saint-Marcellin is also famous for his soft cheese:
Saint-Marcellin cheese – Wikipedia