Bent Karlby ‘Snebold’ Light for Lyfa, Denmark 1956

Bent Karlby ‘Snebold’ Light for Lyfa, Denmark 1956


On the right, a 'Snebold' ('Snowball') pendant light by Bent Karlby for Lyfa, Denmark, 1956.

Karlby produced a series of similar lights in several shapes and sizes, now considered classics of Danish lighting design. See other listing for the 'Kina' ('China') pendant light on the left.

Opaline matt glass, original brass fixtures marked 'Made in Denmark'. The bottom fixture holds in place an opaline glass plate. There is no direct light from the bulb. Light is diffused, clean - a natural daylight effect. Globes can be changed for brightness. The internal lamp parts are brass and vitreous china and very heat tolerant. The current Halogen energy-saving globes are dimmable.

In very fine, clean condition, ready to hang.


Height 42 cm

Diameter 24 cm

Drop 200 cm


Carefully restored. Brass polished and silicon wax coated to prevent oxidisation. Glass thoroughly cleaned inside and out. Marks, scuffs and paint spots removed. Rewired, including two metres of triple-core lighting flex.

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