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Horseshoe Perforated Stars Desk Lamp

Materials: Brass goose-neck. Cast iron base in horseshoe form. Painted with white wrinkle-paint. Aluminium conical lampshade perforated with a double row of five-pointed stars. Black wrinkle paint on the outside of the lampshade, white on the inside. In all probability felt was used on the bottom of the base to protect the surface below.

Height: 27 cm / 10.62”

Width: 8.5 cm / 3.34”

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, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Made in several colours. Among other things a version in blue hammer coat paint with a chrome goose-neck, as you can see below. Probably a more recent version. These horseshoe lamps were made for a while. Thy were also produced with several different lampshades, as you can see below. Also made as a wall lamp.

This horseshoe table or desk lamp is in all probability Italian, not only because this lamp was acquired in Italy some years ago and it got all the Italian looks, but also because of the wiring.

The plug, switch and socket of this lamp were made by the A.A.G. Stucchi company from the north of Italy, some 50 km (31 miles) from the capital of all Italian lights: Milan.

A.A.G. Stucchi

A.A.G. Stucchi was founded in 1944 and was first named Electra. In 1950 the name changed into A.A.G. Stucchi. The company’s founding members are Aristide, Arturo and Giuseppe Stucchi. A.A.G. Stucchi is located in the city of y.


The Castiglioni brothers

In 1955 Achille (1918 – 2002) & Pier ‘Popo’ Giacomo Castiglioni (1913 – 1968) wins the “Compasso d’oro” for their famous Luminator lamp, designed in 1954 and produced by Gilardi & Barzaghi from Milan, a few years later produced by Artform and Flos. The electric parts of this 1st edition Luminator lamp were made by A.A.G. Stucchi.

Also Stilux and Reggiani used electric parts of A.A.G. Stuchi for many lamps.

Horseshoe Perforated Stars Desk Lamp - A.A.G. STUCCHI srl plug

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