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Gaetano Sciolari Brass & Chrome Table Lamp

Materials: Square base and beam on top. Completely made of brass decorated with chromed metal strips. Green felt on the bottom. Metal sockets. Fabric lampshade. Pull cord switch.

Height: 84 cm / 33.07”

Width: 36,5 cm / 14.37”

Base: 14,2 x 14, 2 cm / 5.59 x 5.59”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of lamp can be used, not a specific one preferred. This lamp has 2 pull switches. One for every bulb.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).

Manufacturer: Sciolari Illuminazione, Rome, Italy.

Other versions: Made in several varieties.


Sciolari Illuminazione started business in 1892 and still exist.

Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.

His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; off course it was the space age.

In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.

He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.

Gaetano Sciolari created lamps for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and off course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan, where all the lighting business in Italy at that time was present. Many of his designs were produced under licence.

Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.

Gaetano Sciolari brass & chrome geometric metal table lamp skyscraper 1960s 1970s pull cord switch MCM

Gaetano Sciolari brass & chrome geometric metal table lamp skyscraper 1960s 1970s pull cord switch MCM

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994)

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