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Verner Panton - Fun Chandelier


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Placuna Placenta (Capiz) Table Lamps

Condition: In very good condition.

Materials: Brass and shells from the windowpane oyster.

Height: 68 cm – 26.77”

Width: 35 cm – 13.77”

Width foot: 12 cm – 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 – 1 x 75 watt max – 110/220 volt.
Any type of lamp can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1900s until now, this pair is from the 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Also made as flush mount, wall lamp, ceiling lamp… Every light you can imagine.

The pieces of shell having brass edging and formed as flower petals.

These lamps are often described as lamps designed by the great Belgium artist Willy Daro, but they are not. These lamps where in production long before he was born. They are made in the Philippines, special in the eponymous province of Capiz.

These lights where sold by every light company in Europe at some time in the 1960s and 1970s, because they where extremely popular thanks to Verner Panton who used these shells for his FUN chandeliers he created in 1964 for the Lueber company in Switzerland.

The shells (Placuna placenta) have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence.

The windowpane oyster used for these lamps are often called “mother of pearl”, but that’s another shell. Mother of pearl is “nacre” and it’s the inside of a different shell and is not translucent. The outside of a pearl is from the same organic material.

An artisan creating lamps

Capiz Artisan