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FAME

If you are a dealer or a collector, you might want to associate your collection with a “name,” especially the one of widely known designer. Although it is important to find out who made this (and hence where it is located in the net of antiques pedigree), people are often caught up in the trap of “believing what ‘I’ want to believe.”
One of the most common examples is Christian Dell and Belmag. Often Belmag’s lamps are described as “designed by Christian Dell.” However, Dell’s association with Belmag was never proved (as far as I know). This classic mid-century desk lamp manufactured by Belmag is beautiful as it is but often incorrectly associated with Christian Dell.

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The rationale behind this attribution is probably a) the hood looks like the ones designed by Dell  b) it’s been said so  c) the reputation of Dell would hurt. I’ve learned that when there are two opinions, it is safer to go for the one that expresses doubts. Sadly enough, I am also obliged to describe it as “inspired by Christian Dell” until the day when his relation with Belmag is cleared.

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