Antique operating light by Franta Anýž

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Antique operating light by Franta Anýž

Era: 1930s Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

A very rare medical operating light designed by the famed Czech designer Franta Anýž, manufactured in the 1930s. This stunning light has been sensitively restored retaining many of the original features and finish, making it a real collector's piece.

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Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Much of the lighting we salvage and restore from the former Eastern Bloc was produced in the manufacturing powerhouses of former Czechoslovakia. Under Communist rule the same design was often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage. The country is also famed for its beautiful glassware, with both wall and ceiling opaline glass lights often being used in public and residential settings, such as housing blocks and schools.

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As part of our research investigating each light’s history, our team delved into the National Archive at Prague’s National Technical Museum to unearth these incredible original manufacturer’s catalogues and photographs. Using this material to guide our restoration process, the light’s original yet worn 1930s paint finish, reflector and original glass screen have all been carefully preserved. The height and angled lamp head can still be adjusted as per the intended design, making it an ideal statement task light.

Product details

The light is supplied rewired and tested with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 4 metres of elephant grey braided cable, an inline switch and a plug.


460 (glass) mm
2280 mm
81 kg
1190 (width/projection) mm
650 (base) mm
Creme | Silver

Non-standard delivery (POA). Supplied wired and tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Franta Anýž

Manufacturer: Franta Anyz

Leading Czech metal artist Franta Anýž (1876-1934) was famed for elevating everyday objects to high art status. Lighting became a prominent part of his business from 1910 with a range spanning decorative pendants to medical lamps. Following WW1 it was one of the most important metalworking enterprises in former Czechoslovakia, casting Prague’s most famed monuments. Franta’s son carried the business through WW2. Nationalised in 1948 under communist rule it became ‘Art Production Plant ZUKOV’.

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