Celluloid Globe Tripod Table Lamp
Materials: 3 white metal (iron) rods base with black caps base. Black handle. Hard pink plastic globe lampshade with white Bakelite rims. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Lampshade: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
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: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Aro-Leuchte(n) GmbH, Arnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany.
Other versions: This celluloid globe tripod table lamp exists in several colours.
Aro-Leuchten GmbH was founded in 1969 as a family business. It ended business in 2006. Not much to be found about the company. Today, the website is offline. The url was www.aro-leuchten.de. Mister Matthias Arnold was the last managing director.
The company was specialised in lamps made of acrylic in stead of glass. Many lamps were designed by other companies in the 1950s and 1960s. Aro-Leuchte produced the plastic versions. You can find several examples on the Vintageinfo website. The company used both Aro-Leuchte as Aro-Leuchten on their labels. The website was also with the N.
Another German company named Marbach Leuchten sold several lamps made by Aro Leuchte. They are labelled with their ME logo.
Celluloid is cellulose nitrate. This lamp is made of cellulose acetate. The names are often mixed.
Cellulose acetate is an early plastic, sold under the trade names Rhodoid in France and Great Britain, Tenite in the USA and Cellon in Germany. It was first prepared in 1865. Cellulose acetate is used as a film base in photography, for eyeglasses, cigarette filters and playing cards. Acrylic (1930s) and PVC (1920s) were discovered before World War II, but was only widely used since the late 1950s.