Lamps in the movies
A black leather square base desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2015 – 2018 French parody spy TV series Au Service De La France (A Very Secret Service). Starring Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche and Christophe Kourotchkine. Many lamps were used, mostly French lamps. Here in episode 1, season 2. A Square version was used in episode 10, season 1. The series is situated in 1960, these lamps are time travellers… Several other errors can be found in these series. For instance, the ashtray on the desk below, was made in the seventies by Soreno. It also appears in The Matrix movie.
Black Leather Round Base Desk Lamp
Materials: Round black leather-clad base. Ribbed brass rod and parts. Round black leather-clad mushroom lampshade. White leather clad inside. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 44 cm / 17.32”
Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: ∅ 20,4 cm / 8.03”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a silver or gold cupped bulb is preferred. The light has to be down lighted.
Period: 1970s, 1980s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This black leather round base desk lamp was made in several colours and sizes and also made with a square base. It was also produced as a floor lamp.
These lamps are most of the time attributed to Jacques Adnet, France, but they are not buy his hand. Sometimes attributed to Hermès (France) or Delvaux (Belgium). Delvaux and Hermès have made leather desk lamps, but they are different and they have always the trademark of the company pressed in the leather. The Delvaux lamp has a square brass rod.
The leather lamps designed by Jacques Adnet are different than this one. This lamp has more similarities with the leather Philips lamp designed by Louis Kalff.
These table lamps were made for many years, at least since the 1950s and probably produced by different companies. This one is made in the early 1980s, it has its original wiring, switch and plug from that period.
In Anderlecht, near Brussels in Belgium the company ILG, International Leather & Gift s.a. produced or sold these lamps from 1997 until 2017. They only sold the office supplies you see below in brown and green, according to their website. The website is offline. The company ended business in October 2017. It was located at www.ilg-leather.com. The lamps of the ILG company were always marked on the bottom of the base: ILG Genuine Leather, Made in Belgium.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Au Service De La France (2015 – 2018) TV series – Wikipedia
Au Service De La France (2015- 2018) TV series – IMDb
Black leather desk lamp from the 70s