Nautilus Table Lamp
Materials: Square wood base with brass ornamental ball nuts. Brass curved rod and parts. Nautilus shell based on a polyester disc. Brown 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: These Nautilus table lamp exists in all probability in several sizes and colours. Made with 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.
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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.
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.
In Willy Daro’s factory worked several people, many lamps were not by his hand, but they are all handmade, of 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.