Edoardo Tasca Nefertiti Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular wooden base. Glazed and colourful Capodimonte porcelain with gold foil or gold paint. Brass rod and parts. White fabric pagoda lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 86 cm / 33.85”
Lampshade: 51 x 41 cm / 20.07 x 16.14”
Nefertite: 50,5 cm / 19.88”
Base: 20 x 26 cm / 7.87 x 10.23”
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: 1970s, 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: Edoardo Tasca – attributed.
Manufacturer: Edoardo Tasca, Naples, Italy.
Other versions: This Edoardo Tasca Nefertiti table lamp exists with several different lampshades. Also produced as a statue without a lamp.
Marked: Edoardo Tasca Scultura Viva, Ediz. Limitata, ad opere n° 1000, N. 882. N (Napoli) Italy. Edoardo Tasca Viva Sculpture, Limited Edition, 1000 works made, number 882. N (Naples) Italy.
Not much information to be found of the Edoardo Tasca company. It was located in the Capodimonte region around Naples in the south of Italy were many porcelain firms are/were active. The company was specialised in figurines, with or without light. The company was at least active in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the postures were made in a limited edition.
Thus, it is unknown of Edoardo Tasca was also the designer of these lamps or that it was only the name of the company.
Egyptian style sculptures became again popular in Europe in the late 1960s after the King Tutankhamen exhibitions in Paris, France (1967) and Brussels, Belgium (1970).
Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Akhenaten was the father of Tutankhamen. Ankhesenamun was the daughter of Nefertiti and Akhenaten and the wife of King Tut and thus likely his half-sister. The mother of Tutankhamen was one of his father’s five sisters.
Links and Sources (external links open in a new window)
Capodimonte Italian Porcelain History
Naples & Capodimonte Porcelain
Capodimonte Porcelain – Factory and Makers Marks
Capodimonte porcelain – Wikipedia
Museo di Capodimonte (national museum) – Wikipedia
Capodimonte (Naples) – Wikipedia
King Tut – Tutankhamen – Wikipedia
Pair of Tutankhamen table lamps
Another Tutankhamun table lamp
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.