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Doria Amber Glass Pendant Lamp

Materials: Amber/yellow coloured hand blown crystal bubble glass (pulegoso) approximately in the shape of a bell. Chrome ring at the bottom. Brass and chrome parts. Brass canopy. Bakelite sockets.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Width: ∅ 38 cm / 14.96”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a clear or bright one is preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Doria-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several sizes and also in clear crystal glass.

Doria

DORIA-WERK, DORIA-Werk – Beleuchtungsglas – Beleuchtungskörper or Doria-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG was founded after the second World War in Fürth, near Nürnberg, Germany in 1948. The name changed over the years. The internal design team was named DORIA-Studio. The company is often named Doria Leuchten.

Doria no longer exists. The firm was declared bankrupt in 1986.

Pulegoso

Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.

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Doria-Werkstätten Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG won several iF-Design Awards. You can find them over here: IF-Design Awards Doria Werk.

Designers that worked for Doria:

Wilhelm Braun Feldweg (1908-1998)
In 1965 he designed the table lamps Avus, Berlin-Serie, Modell 101.
Wikipedia Wilhelm Braun Feldweg.
Wilhelm Braun Feldweg website: bf-Design

Wolfgang Tümpel (1903-1978)
Wikipedia Wolfgang Tümpel

Richard Essig – Often said that he designed lamps for Doria, but it was a wholesale company who bought among other things old stocks.  Essig sold lamps made by Staff, Disderot, Massive and several other companies, labeled with Richard Essig – Besigheim. You never find a lamp attributed to Essig with a Doria label. 

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.