Vintageinfo – All About Vintage Lighting

Last Viewed

Vintageinfo Google Search

VEB Wohnraumleuchten Sputnik Globes Chandelier

Materials: Brass tubes and rods. Long brass rod and canopy. 8 striped glass globe lampshades. 8 Bakelite E27 sockets.

Height: 80 cm / 31.49”

Width: ∅ 75 cm / 29.52”

Globes: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 8 bulbs E27, 8 x 60 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: VEB Werk für Technisches Glas Ilmenau – VEB Wohnraumleuchten Erlau, GDR (East Germany).

Other versions: This VEB Wohnraumleuchten striped globes chandelier exists in all probabilty with several different types of glass globes. Also made with more ore less glass globes.

Model: 888.2

VEB: Volks Eigener Betrieb – Publicly-owned business. VEB was the main legal form of industrial enterprise in the communist East Germany.

The label on this lamp says VEB Elektro Medizingeräte Ilmenau – VEB Electro Medical facilities from Ilmemau. Of course this chandelier has no medical purpose. On identical chandeliers we find the label VEB Wohnraumleuchten Erlau. In all probability these two factories originate from the same company before the mass nationalisation between 1945 and the early 1960s. Ilmenau and Erlau are some 25 km / 15.5 mi away from each other.  Unfortunately no information to be found about the companies.

There were several companies with the name VEB Wohnraumleuchten (Living room lamps) or VEB Leuchtenbau (Luminaire construction). For instance the companie VEB Leuchtenbau, Lengefeld was original Wittig und Schwabe Metalldruckwarenfabriken – Wittig and Schwabe Metal Printing Factories, Lengefeld. 

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.