Sonneveldlamp, Giso No.63

W.H. Gispen (1890-1981)
Sonneveldlamp, Giso No.63
Rotterdam 1930



Brass pendant with adjustable fitting, high-gloss nickel plated, white frosted opal glass bowl. Lenght 87 cm, diameter 55 cm.

Hans Sonnenberg, galerie Delta Rotterdam

André Koch, wh gispen (1890-1981) een modern eclecticus, Rotterdam 1988, page 99 ill.143.
Elly Adriaansz, Eric Blok, Jojanneke Clarijs, Huis Sonneveld modern wonen in 1933, Rotterdam 2001, page 10 and 18 t/m 25.
André Koch, W.H. Gispen serieproducten 1923-1960, Rotterdam 2005, page 48 and 51.



The pendant was introduced as no. 63 in 1930. It became an iconic piece of modernist Dutch Design after the architects Brinkman & Van der Vlugt applied two copies as central pendants in the sitting room of a modernist villa in Rotterdam which was build on behalf of the family Sonneveld.

The Interior, which was composed entirely by the architects, was photographed by the famous Dutch designer and photographer Piet Zwart in 1933. These photos are frequently depicted and discussed in publications on modern architecture. The Giso No. 63 is depicted clearly and recognizable on these pictures and is therefore also called the ‘ Sonneveldlamp ‘.


Photo; Piet Zwart 1933, Collection ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ Rotterdam, a Loan from ‘Stichting B.I.H.S’.

At present there are two original Giso No. 63 lamps known, one in a private collection the other one is here on offer. Nowadays the villa of the family Sonneveld is a museum called House Sonneveld, exterior and interior are restored and reconstructed after the state of 1933. At the time of the restoration and reconstruction there were no copies of the original pendants available so two replicas were made and mounted in the sitting room of House Sonneveld.

Whilst Replicas are on display in the museum, you are able to purchase this original ‘Sonneveldlamp’ for your own interior.

This lamp was sold to a private collector at the art fair PAN Amsterdam 2019

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