Leola Brass Flush Mount
Materials: 5 brass tubes. Curved brass rods. Round brass mount. Some metal parts. 5 E14 sockets.
Height: 17,5 cm / 6.88”
Width: 35 x 35 cm / 13.77 x 13.77”
Electricity: 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. But the original ones used are these bulbs.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari.
Manufacturer: Leola-Leuchte GmbH, Leyherstraße 14, Fuerth, Germany.
Other versions: This Leola brass flush mount exists in several variations and sizes. Also chrome versions exists. Sometimes you see these lamps used as a wall lamp.
The light bulbs used for these flush mounts are Centaurus light bulbs made by Neolamp. Also silver tipped or gold tipped light bulbs were used. Leuci produced them under the name Astrolux 2000 Hours, also Neolamp made them. Several other companies produced these bulbs, such as the Lindner Eldea bulbs and Paulmann. You find them sometimes for sale on website such as Ebay.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; of course it was the space age.
In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari created lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
The German LEOLA company was first located in Fuerth. It is unknown when it was founded. In 2009 it moved to the Schweppermannstraße 77, in 90409 Nuremberg. In 2012 it moved to the Ostendstraße 241. The last managing director was Michael Pietsch.
The LEOLA company was liquidated in 2017. The website of the company was still online in 2020.