An artisan in the Philippines creating flowers for these lights
Capiz Flower Globe Chandelier
Materials: Shells from the windowpane oyster. Soldered together in a brass frame. Metal socket.
Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”
Width: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1900s until now, this one is from the 50s, 60s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Also made as a flush mount, table lamp, wall lamp, big and small sizes. You can find several lamps on Vintageinfo.be, click here.
The pieces of shell having brass edging and they are 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 were in production long before he was born. They are made in the Philippines, in the eponymous province of Capiz.
These beautiful lamps were sold by many light companies in Europe, especially in the sixties, because they became very popular thanks to Verner Panton who used these shells for his FUN chandeliers he created in 1964 for the Lueber company from Switzerland. Flower chandeliers were made long before that time.
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 a different shell. Mother of pearl is “nacre” and it’s the inside of another shell and is not translucent. Also the outside of a pearl is from the same organic material. The outer layer of pearls and the inside layer of pearl oyster is made of nacre.