Cauliflower Coral Table Lamp
Materials: Green rectangular marble base with a silvered brass rod and parts. Pocillopora verrucosa or cauliflower/rasp/ knob-horned coral. Conical fabric lampshade. White painted Bakelite socket.
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: 25 cm / 9.84”
Base: 18 x 12 cm / 7.08 x 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred, but a clear bulb gives always the most beautiful effect on corals, minerals and gems.
Period: 1960s, 1970s.
Designers that worked with corals, fossils and minerals: Willy Daro, Jacques Duval Brasseur, Henri Fernandez, Maison Honoré (Richard Faure & Isabelle Faure), Lova Creation, Paul Moerenhout, Pierre Faveere, Mário J. Pires, Violette, Romeo Paris, Stan Usel, Isabelle Masson, Georges Mathias, and many others.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This cauliflower coral table lamp exists in several sizes. Lamps were made with other corals, minerals, shells and so on.
These lamps are generally attributed to the famous Belgium artist Willy Daro, who was the owner and creator of Les Nouveaux Ateliers Willy Daro SPRL, in Brussels, Belgium.
In the beginning of the 1970s many companies produced lamps in this style. Often made in Italy, France and Belgium.
Of course this lamp is not from his factory, though it was bought in Belgium. The lamps made by Wily Daro are made in a high end quality. Most of the lamps you find online attributed to the artist are not by his hand.
Below are 100% genuine Willy Daro lamps, the pictures were taken from his sons website a couple of years ago. The website no longer exists. The company itself ended business in 1987.
These lamps became popular because at that time the collecting of minerals, gems, fossils, shells and corals boomed. In almost each city appeared a store that sold minerals, fossils and corals, and also due to Willy Daro who made these lights famous.
Coral lamps made by Willy Daro
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