Diabolo Opal Glass Chandelier
Materials: White/opaque hand blown crystal glass diabolo lampshades. Folded brass, brass, black painted brass. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 75 cm / 29.52”
Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.59”
Electricity: 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 45 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
The diabolo glass is hand blown, none of these glasses are the same as you can see on the pictures below.
The electric parts were made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. They were made in the 1950s, early 1960s.
Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Diabolo is the name given to the shape of the lampshade. The diabolo lampshades were very popular in the 1950s. You can find several examples on Vintageinfo.
The diabolo, some yo-yo, has it’s origin in China. It’s a double-coned bobbin that can be twirled, tossed, and caught on a string secured by two sticks, one held in each hand. The first diabolo’s were made of bamboo and they made some whistlingsound.
In the eighteenth century, the diabolo became known in England and France. The term “diabolo” was made up by French engineer Gustave Phillippart, who developed the modern diabolo in the early twentieth century and he was re-released. Since then, he has been widespread.
There are many types of diabolo lamps. Some say the first design for a lamp was by the French designer Pierre Guariche.