There is plaster under the plastic at the bottom of the base. The plaster totally fell apart breaking the plastic bottom and now my lamp does not stand up well and is very easy to knock over. I had to put it away until I can figure out how to fix the base.
Ordered these lamps because i thought they were black base with white lampshades. Turns out the base is bronze and the lampshade is off white. The pic online looks more black/white. Anyway, they are pretty good quality, sturdy, easy to assemble... but slightly overpriced. Not sure if keeping or returning... will keep around for a week or so and see if they work with the decor.
Table is pretty solid, I can't determine if the table top is solid wood or not, but the legs and middle shelf do seem like they are.
It does include a CFL bulb which is tiny, about 15w, about 30w with a conventional bulb. But the lamp secures to the table very well and looks very good for the price.
The directions were just a picture, there were no steps, they make Ikea directions look like a short novel. But that being said, it is a table with a lamp, you shouldn't need too much direction.
Over all I would buy it again, I would just be prepared to buy a higher wattage bulb.