Opal Globe Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) base, ring and parts. White opal concave glass tube. Opal glass globe lampshade. Some metal and plastic parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Globe: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 60 watt maximum. 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be determined.
Other versions: This opal globe table lamp exists in several sizes.
Often described as a lamp designed by Carlo Nason and produced by AV Mazzega. It got some similarities with several lamps he designed but it is not a AV Mazzega lamp, as confirmed by the company.
Some say it is a lamp made by Reggiani Spa Illuminazione, but I could not find any proof for it. Reggiani produced several lamps in this style, most of the time they are labelled. These ones are never labelled.
This table lamp has some similarities with the Mongolfiera 3 table lamp designed by Gianni Celada and produced by FontanaArte. Also Stilux made a similar lamp.
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All the electric parts were made in the 1960s, early 70s by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned by Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
This table lamp is equipped with a double switch that was designed before 1968. It was in production until the late 70s.