An Italian Beauty!

When I went to pick Bo up at the airport in Kansas City I had time to stop and buy a dozen loaves of bread at my favorite bakery (I then freeze them until use). I could also stop by several antique stores in my eternal search for vintage lighting!

In one store there was a fixture which captured my special attention. It was not large, and sized for a foyer or powder room.

It was however quite extraordinary.

My first thought was: French? Italian? Swedish? For, it did not look anything like American-made fixtures of the period. My suspicion was later confirmed by a stamp inside a socket cup: Made in Italy.


The fixture is, I believe, circa-1950, and is ideal for a home built in the late 1940s or early 1950s.


When lighted, dramatic shadows are thrown onto the ceiling! I did not expect that!


I am mad for the two astonishing glass plates, frosted with designs. Wow!


The main body is a curvaceous brass vine. Gorgeous!



My online vintage lighting store.






  1. Mike on March 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Interesting light. I worked for a local plumbing/electrical/lighting retail supply from 1984 until 1991, and when I started there in the lighting department, I was amazed at all of the vintage fixtures up in the attic of the building. The store had been in business since the early 50s, and apparently whenever they deemed fixtures as being out of style, the remaining stock was stacked upstairs. There were mid-century fixtures from the 50s and 60s still sealed in the box! I was told to leave them alone, but in the late 80s, I convinced the owner to let me inventory and display the different fixtures, that any money was all profit at this point, and we needed to clear the space upstairs. They sold like hotcakes; I only wish that I had bought some of them myself. There was also a long double shelf (16′ X 4′) stacked with vintage lighting parts, but unfortunately, the building burned to the ground in 1990.

    • Ross on March 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      What a cool story! Thank you!

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