Italian Kitsch Table Lamp
Materials: Round plastic orange-red veined base. Chromed plastic feet, parts and orange-red veined parts. Iron wire with 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 lamp or bedside lamp exists in several colours and sizes.
These table lamps exists in many variations. In the 50’s and 60’s wood en chromed metal (iron) was used. Since the 70’s they were all made in this plastic, or some resin. These lamps 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 are 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.
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The Bakelite socket was produced in the 70’s 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 60’s, early 70’s.
Lamps in the movies
An Italian kitsch table lamp appears in the French comedy film Roxane from 2019. Starring Guillaume de Tonquédec, Léa Drucker and Liliane Rovère. Also French singer Michel Jonasz has a role in the movie.