Italian Designer Alvino Bagni 1950s Pottery Table Lamp
- Vintage item from the 1950s
This tall, impressive ceramic table lamp is from Bagni Ceramiche, the studio of famed Italian ceramic designer Alvino Bagni (1919-2000). Bagni used the red clay for this lamp in the 1950's; white clay was used at his studio in the 1960's. His early designs were very often floral like this one and these handled jugs were one of his signature pieces, though each one is unique. The glaze is matte and the colors soft, the designs sculpted and tactile. It measures 17 inches to top of the lamp base, 21 inches to the top of the socket and 30 inches to the top of the finial. The bottom is 6 inches in diameter and the lamp weighs a sturdy 7 pounds.
Bagni, who worked for a few years with Bitossi in Florence, opened his own studio in nearby Lastra a Signa in 1956. His work was imported by both Raymor and Rosenthal-Netter, who were great influences on mid-century design. Bagni's mark, the word "ITALY," is incised on the bottom rim of this lamp. The font that he used was specific and consistent; this was the mark used most frequently by his studio. The studio closed in 1992 and Bagni passed away in 2000.
The lamp is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips or hairlines. There are a few small glaze skips that reveal the red clay, shown in photograph #5 near the Italy mark. It has been completely rewired, given a new plug and all new innards in the original bulb socket. It works perfectly now and no longer flips our circuit breaker. We'll include a copy of the repairman's bill so you can see what was done. The brass harp and finial came with the lamp and the finish on them is somewhat worn. The lamp can accommodate a three-way bulb, with a maximum of 150 watts.
The shade shown is not included but we used it in the photos so you can see the finished look. We decided that if we bought a shade, we'd have to charge for that, too, and the shipping as well. Our shade shop pro recommends a shade no smaller across than 14 inches, which is the width of the one shown; it's 10 1/4 inches tall, but you could go an inch or two taller. You could also choose a rectangular or round one with similar dimensions. You can enjoy this mid century lamp knowing it will last for many more years, adding modern designer flair to your home.
© Linda Henrich