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Val Saint Lambert Swan Table Lamp

Materials: Crystal hand blown biomorph green and clear glass. Chromed metal top. Bakelite socket, fabric lamp shade.

Total Height: 48 cm / 18.89”

Height: 36 cm / 14.17”

Base: 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of lamp can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Val Saint Lambert, Seraing, Belgium.

Other versions: Val St Lambert made several lamps in this style. The lampshade of this table lamp is not original.

Val Saint Lambert

Val Saint Lambert or Val St. Lambert was founded by chemist François Kemlin and polytechnic (Master of Science in Engineering) Auguste Lelièvre in the abandoned Cistercian Val-Saint-Lambert Abbey in Seraing, Belgium in 1826. François Kemlin had previously worked for the Vonêche crystal works in the Ardennes, also in Belgium. Val Saint Lambert is well known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass pieces.

This biomorph table lamp is a “frivolous” failure in the eyes of a Val Saint Lambert die hard fan. These lamps were produced to form a counterweight against the then very popular table lamps and other glass objects that were made in Murano, Italy. The Val Saint Lambert company had no choice to follow the trend or they went bankrupt, what happened several times in the years to follow. Fortunately the government always saved the company from destruction. This table lamp is a beautiful example of the natural/biomorph forms that were very popular at that time. 

Links (external links open in a new window)

Val Saint Lambert website
Wikipedia about Val Saint Lambert
Facebook – Val Saint Lambert
Cristal Discovery – website of the Val Saint Lambert museum – Discover the museum with Google Street View!
Cristal Park Val Saint Lambert

Personal website about Val Saint Lambert (in French) – research about old pieces: Collection Luxval

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Val Saint Lambert craftsmen at work