Fratelli Mannelli Travertine Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular limestone base with 2 diagonal stripes. Brass tube and parts. Lampshade made of cane (reed), with gold coloured aluminium rims. It has some fabric on the inside to defuse the light. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total height: 50 cm / 19.68”
Width: ∅ 32 cm / 12.59”
Base: 15.5 x 12 cm / 6.10 x 4.72”
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. For this setup a white globe bulb was used.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Fratelli Mannelli – The brothers Mannelli.
Manufacturer: Fratelli Mannelli, Signa, Florence, Italy.
Other versions: This Fratelli Mannelli travertine table lamp exists in several sizes and varieties.
Travertine, a form of limestone can be found in several places in Europe. In Italy it’s located in the heart of the Province of Siena, in the quaint little village of Rapolano Terme, and it is in this area that you will find a large source of travertine stone. It’s only 98 km (60 mi) from Florence. It is labelled on most travertine art pieces made by Fratelli Mannelli.
Often labelled Raymor. Raymor was the American importer. They imported many objects from Italy.
Fratelli Mannelli also designed/produced for Marble Art, from Marta in the Province of Viterbo in the Italian region Latium, as you can see below.
Similar lamps and objects were made by another Italian company named Cerri Nestore, from Volterra, some 60 km /37 mi from Signa and Florence.
All the electric parts of this table lamp were produced by VLM Components in the late 70s, early 80s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
Fratelli Mannelli design for Marble Art, Marta (VT), Italy