Capiz Flower Globe Chandelier
Materials: Big round globe lamp made of shells from the windowpane oyster. Soldered together on a thin brass and iron wire 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 or 60s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This Capiz flower globe chandelier or pendant lamp exists as a flush mount, a table lamp and a wall lamp. They exists in many forms and sizes. You can find several lamps on Vintageinfo.
The pieces of shell having brass edging and they are cut as flower petals.
These type of lamps are often attributed to the Belgium artist Willy Daro, but they are not. They were in production long before he was born. These lamps are made in the Philippines, in the eponymous province of Capiz. His company never sold similar lamps.
These Capiz lamps were sold by many lighting companies in Europe, mainly in the sixties. They became very popular thanks to Verner Panton who used these shells for the FUN chandeliers he designed in 1964 for the Lueber company from Switzerland. Flower chandeliers such as this one were made long before.
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.