Télé Ambiance Table Lamp
Materials: Black painted metal triangular base with a built-in dimmer. Painted with wrinkle paint. Grey painted metal bottom. Black painted grill. White curved acrylic disc. Yellow curved acrylic disc. 6 black painted ornamental screws. Brass E14 socket with a ribbed porcelain ring.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: 18 cm / 7.08”
Base: 16 x 16 x 16 cm / 6.29 x 6.29 x 6.29”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Télé-Ambiance, France.
Other versions: This Télé Ambiance table lamp was also made with two white discs and a grey painted base. The ornamental screws are chromed. Made in several colours (orange, red, pink, and also with a different gaze in between the two discs. A triangle and a square version were also produced. Made with a round base. Also wall lamps were made.
In Germany the long gone company Sonnenkind also sold these lamps. Sometimes you find them with a label.
Many lamps were made with the text “Télé-Ambiance” engraved in the bottom. Lamps with a different base were also produced. In all probability Télé-Ambiance was the brands name. Below you find a different lamp with the same text engraved.
This lamp is typical for the late 1950s, early 1960s. There is no label present. The plug was made by VLM Components in the 1960s but it is in all probability not original. You find this lamp with several different plugs.
These table lamps were known as TV-lamps because they were made to place on top of a black and white TV to give some contrast light. Some brands of TV’s had these lamps build-in. The Belgium SBR (Société Belge Radio) was such a company, they made it standard in every television.
It was intended to reduce the fatigue of the eyes, because everybody was watching television in the dark. All the other lamps had bright light bulbs and there were few electrical outlets in houses. Today it is an ideal bedside or table lamp.
Lamps with dimmers from that period are very rare. Dimmers were mostly to big and made of several coils. Since the 1960s the small TRIAC is used for the same purpose (triode for alternating current).
Lies about this table lamp on the internet
Some people say it is a German lamp. Others say it is a lamp designed by Angelo Lelii and produced by Arredoluce. Other people say it is a lamp made by Stilux, another Italian company. Also Angelo Brotto, Francese Del Lavoro and Ettore Sottsass were named. Some say Mathieu Mategot because of the gauze…
Gino Sarfatti‘s chandelier number 2072 from 1953 produced by Arteluce has some similarities.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.