Maison Arlus Tripod Table Lamp
Materials: 3 teak legs and base. Round opal tubular lampshade made of some type of acrylic or Rhodoïd (cellulose acetate). Made in the Rotaflex sugar crystals style. 3 ornamental brass screws. Bakelite B22 socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Lampshade: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Width: ∅ 13,5 cm / 5.31”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with a B22 bayonet socket can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Maison Arlus, Paris, France.
Other versions: This Maison Arlus tripod table lamp exists in all probability in several versions. Maison Arlus made quit a few lamps in this style. Bedside lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, pendant lamp, chandeliers and wall lamps. All with this “faux sugar” plastic type of lampshades of pressed acrylic or cellulose acetate grains with teak or some other tropical wood and brass. They exists in a square form, round, rectangular or oval.
Arlus is a French company established in the 1950s. The name is derived from the two words Art and Lustre, chandelier in French.
The shop was located in the Avenue de Clichy number 7 in the 17th district in Paris. In the 1980s the Debbas Group acquired the company. They are located in 30, Rue Alexandre in Gennevilliers, not so far away from the old address on the other side of the Seine river in Paris.
Cellulose acetate is an early acrylic, sold under the trade names Rhodoid in France and Great Britain, Tenite in the USA and Cellon in Germany. It was first prepared in 1865. Cellulose acetate is used as a film base in photography, for eyeglasses, cigarette filters and playing cards.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.