Pierre Faveere Agate Geode Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular travertine (limestone) base with a half agate geode on top. Adjustable curved brass rod. Maroon conical cardboard lampshade with golden rims. Gold painted Bakelite E14 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 60 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 result on minerals.
Designer: Pierre Faveere.
Manufacturer: Pierre Faveere, Belgium or France.
Other versions: This Pierre Faveere agate geode table lamp exists in several sizes and colours. Made with minerals, corals, shells and so on.
This Pierre Faveere agate geode table lamp has no label, but it made by Pierre Faveere. He used the same brass and travertine/limestone parts as you can see on the left on a coral table lamp with a label. No information can be found about him or his company, but the name Faveere exists only in France and Belgium. In all probability it was a Belgian company. The Belgian Artifex company used the same travertine base for several lamps, also in this style, but in the 1980s. Probably it was the successor of Pierre Faveere.
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.
In the 1970s many lighting companies produced table lamps in this style. Often made in Italy, France and Belgium.
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. Willy Daro only produced high end lighting.
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 lamps famous.
Most of the agates used for these lamps originate from Brazil, but this one is different. Agate geodes like this can be found in the quarries around Idar-Oberstein in Germany.
Agates around Idar-Oberstein are found in the so called Rotliegend, in basalt flows from the Permian age. These flows produce many different types of agates.