Maria Pergay Balustre Table Lamp
Materials: Square curved brass base with a concave neck. White fabric pagoda lampshade. Some brass parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total Height: 85 cm / 33.46”
Width Lampshade: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 51 cm / 20.07”
Base: 28,2 x 28,2 cm / 11.10 x 11.10”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Maria Pergay (born 1930).
Manufacturer: Maria Pergay, Paris, France.
Other versions: This Maria Pergay Balustre table lamp was also made in stainless steel.
This table lamp was often copied. You can find many similar lamps, but all a little different. A copy by the Belgian company Massive can be found here on Vintageinfo.
An elongated version of this table lamp was designed by A. Montagna Grillo & A. Tonello, and made by High Society. It is often confused with this one.
The lights Maria Pergay designed are most of the time made in stainless steel. This Balustre table lamp is completely made of brass, the same version as the lamps she designed for the villas of Prince Abdullah in Taif, Saudi Arabia as described in the book: Maria Pergay – Complete Works 1957-2010 – page 93, a book written by Suzanne Demisch.
Maria Pergay is known for her innovative use of stainless steel. A passion that began in the 1960s and has continued until today. Born in Moldova, Romania of a Russian-Jewish descent, Pergay escaped to Paris, France with her mother at age six at the beginning of World War 2.
After the war, Pergay studied sculpture, costume and set design. She started her career as a shop window designer through the 1950s, receiving commissions from major brands like Hermès and Dior. in the 1960s she opened an atelier and shop in the Place des Vosges (Le Marais) in Paris to sell her decorative silver objects. Upon a commission to work with steel, Maria Pergay began creating her iconic stainless steel furniture, with her first collection including the renowned Flying Carpet Daybed in 1968 and the Ring Chair in 1970.
Pergay went on to design palace interiors for Saudi Arabia’s Royal family, including this light. She also designed furniture for fashion designer Pierre Cardin and Salvador Dalí, continually evolving her stainless steel designs and incorporating wood, lacquer and mother-of-pearl. Today she continues to design interiors and produce limited-edition works.
All the electric parts of this Maria Pergay Balustre table lamp were made by VLM Components in the 1970s. 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.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno.
“Maria Pergay: Place des Vosges” by Pamela Hanson