Claude-Paz Et Silva Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) mushroom lampshade. Chrome round base. 3 chrome rods, some chrome parts. Pressed frosted glass diffuser. Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Bakelite socket.
Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1930s – Art deco/Bauhaus.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Claude-Paz Et Silva, 8 Rue Cognacq-Jay, Paris, France.
Other versions: This Claude-Paz Et Silva table lamp was made in several variations over the years. Produced since the beginning of the company in the 1930s. Early versions were made in nickel-plated metal or copper. The pressed glass diffuser with the name of the company pressed in it, was used for several other lamps.
Claude-Paz Et Silva
The company Claude-Paz Et Silva was founded in 1933. The company is the result of the merger between Claude Lumière, founded in 1930 by the two nephews Georges (1870-1960) and André Claude (1900-1950) and Paz & Silva, founded in 1900. André Claude became the president of the company.
They manufactured household appliances and neon light commercials (patented Georges Claude processes, the inventor of the neon light). The company was acquired by JC Decaux, today well known for the billboard publicity.
In 1956, the company merged with Visseaux to form Claude Paz & Visseaux. The full name of the company remains “Claude Paz & Visseaux” but the logo is shortened to just “Claude“, as you can see on the aluminium label. Viseaux was founded in 1900 by Jacques Visseaux (1872-1952), specialised in the manufacture of appliances for gas lighting.
In 1966 absorbed by the American group ITT (International Telephone & Telegraph) and in 1980 by the group GTE (General Telephone & Electronics Corporation); after 1993, taken over by SLI France (Sylvania Lighting International France).
Jean Colin (1911-1982), the famous French playbill designer created several advertising posters for Claude-Paz Et Silva.
Often said that these lamps were designed by famous French designer Jean Perzel, but those are false assumptions. There is no mention about the lamps by Claude Et-Paz Silva on the Perzel website. Jean Perzel designed several lamps in this style, that’s all.
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Many thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.