Agate Geode Slice Table Lamp
Materials: Polished brass parts and base. 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.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Willy Daro.
Manufacturer: Les Nouveaux Ateliers Willy Daro SPRL, Brussels, Belgium.
Other versions: Different sizes, colours, other minerals, corals, shells and so on.
These lamps are generally attributed to the famous Belgium artist Willy Daro, but in the beginning of the 1970s several light companies produced these lamps. Often made in Italy, France and Belgium.
It’s possible that this lamp is from his factory, because it was bought in Belgium and it is from a high quality, as all his works are.
Below are 100% genuine Willy Daro lamps, the photo’s 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, off course. They also produced lights for other companies.
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 Faure, Richard Faure, Georges Mathias, Mário J. Pires, Violette, Romeo Paris, Maison Honoré 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-kilometer long (34 mi) river were these stones were found in ancient times.