Cristal d’Albret Table Lamp
Materials: Clear crystal glass beam and tube. Square gilded brass base. Several brass parts. Bakelite socket.
Total Height: 70 cm / 27.55”
Height: 50,5 cm / 19.88”
Lampshade: ∅ 28,5 cm / 11.22”
Base: 9,8 x 9,8 cm / 3.85 x 3.85”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne, Vianne, France.
Other versions: The Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne company produced many lamps such as this Cristal d’Albret table lamp.
Cristal d’Albret is the name Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne used for it’s lighting fixtures and paperweights for a couple of decades since 1968.
Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne was founded by a Mr. Roger Witkind. In which year the company was founded is unclear. The glass-works was reorganised and re-established at the end of World War I in 1918. The glass factory was the first industrial employer in the region.
In 1967 Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne was approached by Paul Jokelson with the idea of producing paperweights with sulphides. Cristal d’Albret was born.
The company has been in trouble several times. It already filed for bankruptcy in 1984 before being taken over by it’s CEO, Richard Parent, and his family. In 1991, a new turnaround would lead to the continuation of the activity accompanied by the elimination of 80 jobs. 293 people kept their jobs.
In September 1996 the company filed for bankruptcy. It was saved but in December 2005 the end was there and the Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne was declared bankrupt in 2006. Production of crystal glass was much cheaper in other countries and the costs were too high. Verrerie de Vianne was the last French company of this size in this niche.
Several attempts were made to restart the company. Also Italians (Vitrerie) were involved at some point. Eventually, the two Italian partners withdrew from the sale.
What remains of the heritage of the glass factory, the 3000 moulds that were used to manufacture luminaries of world renown, was about to be sold in 2013 for 35.000 Euro by the city of Vianne.