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Nautilus Table Lamp

Materials: Square wood base with brass feet. Brass curved rod and parts. Nautilus shell based on polyester. Fabric pagoda style lampshade. White painted Bakelite socket. 

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: 25 cm / 9.84”

Base: 15 x 13 cm / 5.90 x 5.11”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 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 shells, fossils and minerals. 

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Different sizes, colours, other minerals, corals, shells and so on.

Designers that worked with shells, 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.

Willy Daro

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 almost every lamp-company produced lamps in this style. Often made in Italy, France and Belgium.

This lamp is in all probability not made in his factory. 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.

In Willy Daro’s factory worked several people, many lamps were not by his hand, but they are all handmade, off course.

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 lamps famous.

Nautilus is a genus of cephalopods such as a squid and octopus but it has an external shell.

Nautilus table lamp made by Willy Daro

Nautilus table lamp made by Willy Daro representing a brass bird fabric lampshade 1970s MCM

Oyster table lamp made by Willy Daro

Willy Daro Oyster Table Lamp square base and brass 1970s MCM