Italian Kitsch Table Lamp
Materials: Round plastic orange/red veined base. Chromed plastic and orange/red veined parts. Iron wire was used for the red nylon pantyhose style lampshade. Bakelite socket.
Total Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Height: 22 cm / 8.66”
Width: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a white bulb was used.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This Italian kitsch table or bedside lamp was made in several colours and sizes.
These table lamps were made in many variations over the years. In the 1950s and 1960s wood en chromed metal was used. Since the 1970s they were all made in plastic. They were often sold in souvenir shops in Italy. This one was acquired in Florence at the “Mercato alle Pulci” (flea market) at the Largo Pietro Annigoni square.
These lamps were mostly used as bedside lamps but you still find them in use in some restaurants and bars in Italy as a table lamp on each table.
The Bakelite socket was produced in the 1970s by VLM Components from Buccanisco near Milan, Italy. The plug and switch were made by EP, another Italian electric components company. All the electric parts were produced in the late 1960s, early 1970s.