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Big Square 1970s Sciolari Table Lamp

Materials: Square base, made of brushed brass and 4 chrome tubular rods inside. Round brass rod. Round fabric lampshade with two gold/brass coloured rims. 2 silver painted Bakelite 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.

Other versions: A smaller version was also made.

The label is long gone, but the stamp on top of the base “Made Italy” always remains. You find it with many other lamps from that period made by Sciolari.

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, off 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 off 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.

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994)

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Many thanks to Tinneke for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.