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Rosewood Table Lamp

Materials: Handmade jute and wool lampshade with wooden pearls. Wooden base (rosewood) and a welded metal sphere on top. Bakelite socket.

Total Height: 51 cm / 20.07”

Width Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Height Lampshade: 28 cm / 11.02”

Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”

Base Height: 34 cm / 13.38”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 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 appraised.

Maybe this table lamp is a one off and artisan made by someone in the 1960s or early 1970s during a creative moment. A similar lamp is not to find. On top of the wood base rests a burned/welded iron sphere.


The switch is made by Arno.  Arno is a typical European name, but no company of electric parts was found. Only in Italy Arno elettronica SRL exists. It’s unclear if this Arno is the maker and that the company existed in the 1960s. However, Arno is a common name in Germany. The socket is made by VS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH from Aschaffenburg in Germany. The plug is made by EP (unknown company). 

The Arno is also a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber, the third-longest river in the country. The Tiber passes through Rome before it flows into the sea.


Links (external links open in a new window)

VS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH website

Arno on Wikipedia

Arno elettronica SRL

Geneanet about Arno

The Arno river in Italy on Wikipedia

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