Mottled Glass Chilli Pepper Lamp
Materials: Mottled clear and orange hand blown crystal glass in the form of a chilli pepper or a very comparable vegetable. Plastic E14 socket. Galvanised or chrome socket holder.
Length: 26 cm / 10.23” (including socket)
Width: ∅ 8,5 cm / 3.34”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, it has to be a small bulb (refrigerator model).
Period: 1990s – 2000s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be determined.
Other versions: This mottled glass chilli pepper lamp was in all probability made in several colours and sizes. Maybe some other vegetables or fruit exists.
Several years ago this table lamp was acquired on Ebay as a vintage Murano table lamp. Regrettably the wiring is at its oldest from the 90s.
An intensive search yielded nothing over the years. Never seen or encountered another one. It is possible it was made on the Venetian Island. It is definitely hand blown, there is no other way to produce this lamp. But of course they can also do that in China.
However, the mottled technique is often seen in Murano lamps and vases. Several famous companies such as AV Mazzega, Vistosi, AVEM and many others used/uses it. It is a long used technique. Also the German company Peill + Putzler produced many lamps in this technique.
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All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1990s – 2000s. 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 and Segno.