1950s Vistosi Oil Table Lamp
Materials: Oil lamp style table lamp made of red hand blown crystal Murano glass. White opal glass diffuser. Brass ring. Some metal parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 46 cm / 18.11”
Width: ∅ 16,5 cm / 6.49”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white or frosted one gives the most beautiful result.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Vistosi, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: This 1950s Vistosi oil table lamp exists in all probability in other colours and sizes. Very rare table lamp. A very similar table lamp, but made in a candlestick style, can be found here on Vintageinfo.
Vistosi was founded by Guglielmo Vistosi in Murano in 1945 focusing on lighting. After his premature death his sons Gino and Luciano, joined their uncle Oreste in the founding of the Vistosi company.
In 1956 Alessandro Pianon, a Venetian Architect, joined the company. Together with second generation Luciano and Gino Vistosi they gave a swing to the company focusing on innovation and design.
The company has employed some very relevant designers such as Angelo Mangiarotti, Gae Aulenti. Peter Pelzel, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Adalberto Dal Lago. Vico Magistretti, Enrico Tronconi and so on.
In 1989 Giancarlo Moretti, a businessman from Murano with a long experience in the glass sector with Vetrofond and Punto Luce, acquires the prestigious brand, giving birth to Vetreria Vistosi. In the 1990’s the factory closed for a couple of years. It was reopened by Matteo Moretti, Giancarlo’s son, who relaunched the Vistosi brand. During the same period Vistosi acquired the brands Alox, G2 and Triade. Today, the company still produces the most beautiful lamps, some of them old classics.
The sole survivor of the original founders, Luciano, born 24 February 1930, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death (in Venice) on 14 Mai 2010.
Links (external links open in a new window)
More info about the history of the Vistosi company can be found on their website: www.vistosi.com/company/history
Luciano Vistosi in the Murano glass Museum
Luciano Vistosi – Wikipedia
Vetreria Vistosi – Wikipedia
Biography of Luciano Vistosi on the Murano Glass Museum website
Inexhibit: The sculpture of Vistosi at the Murano Glass Museum
History of Murano – Wikipedia
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia
Murano glass Museum