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1950s Italian Parasol Table Lamp

Materials: Black round marble base. Brass rod and parts. Green painted round aluminium lampshade, parasol style. The lampshade is painted white on the inside. Brass decoration on the lampshade. Green painted aluminium lamp socket holders, 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.

Other versions: This 1950s Italian parasol table lamp was probably made in several colours and variations.

These type of lamps always appear in the neighbourhood 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 left, 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.

VLM Components

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 hereVLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Other lamps, in all probability made by the same “company”

Italian DIY lamp