Bottega Gadda Brass Leaf Table Lamp
Materials: Elongated moulded brass leaf lampshade in a rhubarb style. Round ring shaped brass base made of a square rod. Black Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: Carlo Giorgi.
Manufacturer: Bottega Gadda, 6, via Gentilino, 20136 Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This Bottega Gadda brass leaf table lamp exists in several variations. Carlo Giorgi designed several lamps in this style. Leaf floor lamps, wall lamps, lamps with many leaves, and so on. Later, 1980s versions of this brass leaf table lamp have a gold painted Bakelite socket.
Bottega Gadda (Gadda’s boutique) was founded in Milan in 1970 as an artisan workshop for metalworking and lamp production by Carlo Gadda. Carlo Gadda was a painter, sculptor, engraver and professor of drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera).
His first works for his company were sculptures and lamps made of precious metals and gemstones. He designed many lighting fixtures and decorative objects in brass, copper, bronze and pewter. In the 70s this “Hollywood Regency” style became popular.
The most well known creations of that time were the leaf lamps designed by Carlo Giorgi, an Italian designer and architect, also from Milan. Many of his designs were produced for a very long time, until the end of the company in 2016. All kinds of leaf lamps were made. In the form of rhubarb, butterbur, ginkgo (maidenhair tree), and several others.
Silvio Gadda, Carlo’s son, took over the company and later it was owned by Claudio Giannuzzi. Giannuzzi was a long time craftsman at the workshop. He expanded the business and worked with internationally renowned architects and designers. In recent years Bottega Gadda produced many nice lamps. You can find some of them online on their Facebook account (still active in 2020), the last addition was in 2016. The website of the company is on hold since 2018.
Tommaso Barbi is a long gone furniture and lighting company from Rome, Italy. It has nothing to do with this lamp series. You can find many table and floor lamps online referring to Tomassi Barbi, unfortunately. You can find these lamps on the Bottega Gadda Facebookpage.
Lamps in the movies
A Bottega Gadda brass leaf floor lamp, often named rhubarb leaf floor lamp, appears in the 2016 British detective series Marcella, when 2 people walk past a vintage design store. Starring Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock and Ray Panthaki.
Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.