1950s Italian Parasol Table Lamp
Materials: Marble base. Brass rod and parts. Green painted aluminium lampshade and lamp holders, they are white painted inside. White Bakelite sockets.
Height: 62 cm / 24.40”
Width: 32 cm / 12.59”
Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: ? – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
These type of lamps always appear in the neighborhood of Milan, in the north of Italy when you find one online. All made in a strange way. It seems that a dealer got his hands on an old stock of lamp parts and puts them together, as you can see below. Almost all of them have the same old wiring.
The most silly DIY lamp is at the top right, here below. The middle connecting piece is part of a sputnik ceiling lamp or something in that style.
Beware, there are a lot of fake lamps on the market, all with illustrious Italian names such as Stilnovo, Arteluce, Arredoluce and so on.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1950s and 1960s. 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. You can find them over here. 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.
Other lamps, in all probability made by the same “company”