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1970s Brutalist Sailboat Wall Lamp

Materials: Copper three-master ship. Brass sails, flags and masts. Copper gauze for the waves. 2 Bakelite E14 sockets.

Height: 70 cm / 27.55”

Width: 90 cm / 35.43”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Daniel Dhaeseleer, Belgium (born 1947).

Manufacturer: Daniel Dhaeseleer.

Other versions: This 1970s brutalist sailboat wall lamp was made in one version. All boats are a but different and are all handmade by the artist. All his work is signed.

The style of these type of lamps is often named Brutalist. Not to be confused with the Brutalist architecture, or Brutalism from more or less the same period. That’s something completely different.

Daniel Dhaeseleer is a Belgian artist born in Aalst on the 4th of December 1947. He started as an artist in graphics, but later in his life he made art pieces in brass and copper. Sometimes together with ceramics and other materials. He created many palm trees, often on top of limestone with small fossils. Also animals, flowers, plants, trees and amusement rides from the fun fair, as you can see below. Also Paul Plaitsiers, an artist from the same town made very similar objects and lamps with the same materials. Maybe they worked together at some point or it is the same person… 

Several other artists made similar brutalist design. Gerd Scharrelmann from San Fransico, USA was such an artist. It is possible that the boat in the film Inherent Vice was made by him.

Daniel Dhaeseleer

Other works by Daniel Dhaeseleer

Daniel D'Haeseleer Palm Trees

Daniel D'Haeseleer Fly