Agate Geode Slice Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular brass base with a massive cube on top. Brass parts. 3 cm (1.18”) thick agate. Bakelite socket.
Height: 42.5 cm / 16.73”
Width: 28 cm / 11.02”
Base: 21.5 x 16.5 cm / 8.46 x 6.49”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a clear long tube lamp is preferred.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: J.L.B. France or Belgium.
Other versions: This agate geode slice table lamp is unique, as all these lamps are. None of these agate slices are the same. These lamps were made in many different sizes. Minerals, corals and shells were also used.
This agate geode slice table lamp has no label. But another lamp with a similar base has a label from J.L.B. Also two duck table lamps, here on Vintageinfo have a very similar base.
J.L.B. France or Belgium, no information to be found. A search in the Belgian Official Gazette yielded no results. But searches can only take place until 1983. Do you have an idea? Please use the contact form and make this website more complete.
This lamp was purchased in Belgium.
These agate table lamps are generally attributed to the famous Belgium artist Willy Daro (Les Nouveaux Ateliers Willy Daro SPRL, Brussels, Belgium), but in the beginning of the 1970s several light companies produced these lamps. Often made in Italy, France and Belgium.
The lamps made by Wily Daro are made in a higher quality than this agate lamp, even though it comes close. Most of the lamps made by Willy Daro are signed.
Below are 100% genuine Willy Daro lamps, the photos were taken from his sons website a couple of years ago. The website no longer exists. The company itself ended business in 1987.
In Willy Daro’s factory worked several people, many lamps are not by is hand, but they are all handmade, of course.
These lamps became popular because the collecting of minerals, gems, fossils, shells and corals boomed in the 1970s. In almost each city appeared a store that sold minerals and fossils.
Also due to Willy Daro who made these lamps famous.
Other artists and/or producers that created lights with agate and other minerals are: Henry Fernandez, Jacques Duval-Brasseur, Lova Creation, Paul Moerenhout, Isabelle Masson, Isabelle & Richard Faure (Maison Honoré), Georges Mathias, Mário J. Pires, Violette, Romeo Paris and many others.
Lamps like this are still made by several artists. Stan Usel, Patrick Dragonette, Gianluca Fontana, Taher Chemirik are a few of them.
Agate is named after the Achates river in Sicily, Italy today named Dirillo, or Acate, is a 54-kilometre long (34 mi) river were these stones were found in ancient times.