ID- Vintage/retro 10 inch brass lamp? Danish Modern?

west4meNovember 1, 2011

I can't even figure out what to call this other than a lamp :) No markings, took it apart to check. Hardware has been replaced. Feels Danish Modern, 50's-60's?

I can't figure out what to search for so I can't find any information online.

The lamp is 10 inches tall, the base is cast iron/pot metal?

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What hardware has been replaced? Is it brass? is the inside painted white?
I wouldn't call it Danish Modern....not really refined enough for that....more MCM stuff.
Linda C

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 5:57PM
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Thank you for asking such pointed questions. I believe the the lamp is aluminum with a brass finish. The inside is tinted with age but I think it is unfinished aluminum.

The socket, cord, and switch were replaced.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 6:09PM
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Does it hold a magnet?
Thing is....the stuff that dates a lamp have been replaced.
Perhaps we will just have to say "it is what it is"....and let it go at that.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 7:16PM
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Nope, magnet doesn't stick. Any estimate on date? or what to call it? Chalice lamp? Cup lamp? Just can't seem to narrow down my search results.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 8:56PM
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Tabletop torchiere?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 10:51PM
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Might be meant to be put up on top of a tall piece of furniture, or maybe to be attached to the ceiling to shine down? Does it swivel or turn? Can the base be taken apart?

Karin L

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 2:28AM
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At present, that form is called an uplight. Don't know what they called it 50 years past.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 7:44AM
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I think it is a variation of the type of lamp that was placed on top of a television set to create some ambient light bounced off the ceiling. All the other room lights would be turned off to avoid reflections on the screen and heighten contrast. --From back in the era of black and white sets

Here is a link that might be useful: TV Lamps.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 5:25PM
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