Helena Frantova Tripod Table Lamp
Materials: 3 brass rods. Red painted conical metal (iron) lamp socket holder. Silver painted iron lampshade holder. Round plastic mushroom, cone lampshade. Metal E14 socket.
Height: 24 cm / 9.44”
Lampshade: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Base: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Helena Frantová.
Manufacturer: Zukov, Czech Republic.
Other versions: This Helena Frantova tripod table lamp exists in several colours; green, blue, yellow, red… This table lamp exists in several variations. Made with a different base en slightly different lamp socket holder. The lampshade is always the same.
These beautiful table lamps are often used in pairs as bedside lamps. Today, you can hardly do that because you rarely come across them. Nowadays they are mostly used as a desk lamp.
Little is known about Helena Frantová. She was born in 1929 and designed a similar lamp with Josef Hurka for Okolo, also from the Czech Republic. She also designed several lamps for the NAPAKO cooperative, also a Czech lamp producer.
The Zukov Workshop company, often described as the ESC Zukov company. ESC is the Czech certificate of electrical compliance, the Elektrotechnický zkušební ústav – Electrotechnical testing institute. You find it on many objects.
No information can be found about Zukov, unfortunately. The company was at least active from the 1920s until the 1970s, to see on the lamps they produced. They made many Art Deco – Bauhaus chandeliers and typical 1970s lamps.