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Big Square 1970s Sciolari Table Lamp

Materials: Square base, made of brushed brass and 4 chrome rectangular rods inside. These rods are also used as feet. Round brass rod on top. Round tubular fabric lampshade with two gold or brass coloured rims. 2 silver painted Bakelite E27 sockets.

Total Height: 103 cm / 40.55”

Lampshade: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”

Height: 84 cm / 33.07”

Height Base: 48 cm / 18.89”

Base: 15,2 x 15, 2 cm / 5.98 x 5.98”

Electricity: 2bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern – Hollywood Regency.

Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).

Manufacturer: Sciolari Illuminazione Arlum Srl, Via Salaria, 1531, Rome, Italy – attributed.

Other versions: This big square 1970s Sciolari table lamp exists in a smaller version.

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari

Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.

His first designs in the late 1950s were Sputnik inspired chandeliers, of course it was the space age.

In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome. This table lamp from the 1970s is a good example.

He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.

Gaetano Sciolari created lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.

Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.