Fratelli Toso Table Lamp
Materials: Hand blown purple/pink and clear crystal glass. Fabric lampshade. Brass ring on top of the glass. White Bakelite socket.
Total Height: 65 cm / 25.59”
Height: 43 cm / 16.92”
Width: 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: 7,5 x 7,5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”
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: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Fratelli Toso, Fondamenta Colleoni 7, 30141, Murano – Venezia, Italy.
Other versions: Probably made in several colours and sizes.
This lamp is typical for the 1950s. Similar lamps were produced by many Murano glass companies. Also the Belgian Val Saint Lambert factory started to produce them in the 1950s, because they were a big success and the competition was hard. You can find a few examples on Vintageinfo.
Fratelli Toso (brothers Toso) was founded in 1854 by Ferdinando, Carlo Nicolò, Liberato, Angelo and Giovanni Toso. The glass factory was based in the former Scuola Grande San Giovanni dei Battuti (Great School of Saint John of the Beaten) in Venice.
The Fratelli Toso artistic production has been various and wide during its 150 years of existence. Fratelli Toso has always been focused on murrina production. From the traditional murrine millefiori to a modern reinterpretation by Ermanno Toso and Pollio Perelda, till modern examples of murrina designed by young designers Rosanna Toso, Giusto Toso and Renato Toso.
Renato Toso left the company in 1974 to start his own business. Fratelli Toso is than run by Arnoldo Toso and Aldo Toso.
In 1981 Fratelli Toso leases the business to two different societies: Fratelli Toso 1854 International, run by Arnoldo’s cousins and uncles, and Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, run by Arnoldo Toso. In 1983 Fratelli Toso 1854 INTERNATIONAL closes down. Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso is still in business and according to their website it never stops its activity.
Renato Toso left the company in 1974 to start his own business. He designed many lamps for Leucos, another Murano glass factory. In 1996 he started Renato Toso, Noti Massari & Associates.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Fratelli Toso website
Glass factory storyline on the Fratelli Toso website
Renato Toso, Noti Massari & Associates on the Leucos website
Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista on Wikipedia
Glass Message Board
Glass Identification on 20th Century Glass
Murano glass blowing on Wikipedia
The Glass Museum on the Murano Island
History of Murano on Wikipedia