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East German Table Lamp

Materials: Chromed metal, plastic, some type of fabric, Bakelite socket.

Height: 34 cm / 13.38” 

Width: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”

Base: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: VEB Wohnraumleuchten, Stadtilm, GDR (East Germany).

The label is destroyed, only the label “Made in GDR” (German Democratic Republic) is complete, but it’s probably a lamp made by VEB Wohnraumleuchten, Stadtilm, Germany. this company used similar labels.

VEB: Volks Eigener Betrieb – Publicly-owned business. VEB was the main legal form of industrial enterprise in the communist East Germany.

There were several companies with the name VEB Wohnraumleuchten (Living room lamps) or VEB Leuchtenbau (Luminaire construction). For instance the companie VEB Leuchtenbau, Lengefeld was original Wittig und Schwabe Metalldruckwarenfabriken – Wittig and Schwabe Metal Printing Factories, Lengefeld. 

East German Table Lamp - switch

East German Table Lamp - Made in GDR label

This East German table lamp has many similarities with the Raak Amsterdam Bolbliksem (Lightning bolt) table lamp D-2150. (Catalogue 1972)

Raak Amsterdam Bolbliksem D-2150 Table Lamp