Travertine Ostrich Egg Table Lamp
Materials: Square brass base. Square pressed wood coated with black Formica on top. Brass parts and decoration. Travertine (limestone) pineapple, ostrich egg globe. Tubular fabric lampshade with golden rings. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total height: 65 cm / 25.59”
Lampshade: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Height: 43 cm / 16.92”
Base: 17,8 x 17,8 cm / 7.00 x 7.00”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Le Dauphin, Saint Marcellin, France.
Other models: This travertine ostrich egg table lamp was sold with several different lampshades and was also produced with a slightly different base.
Name of the lamp: Oxford. A comparable lamp is named Wilson.
The Le Dauphin company was founded in January 1966 by Maurice Tournu as a small lampshade company. A first factory was built in 1970. In the 1980s, more than 250 employees worked there. More than 50.000 lamps a year were produced.
Le Dauphin: Located in the heart of the region Rhône Alpes, Le Dauphin is a brand famous for its high-end luminaires and its timeless style. The artisan factory is located in Saint-Marcellin, some 50 kilometres from Grenoble.
Le Dauphin created a wide range of light fixtures, from classic ceramics to decorated metal, through the transparency of hand-cut glass.
“To dress the light so that it becomes a source of decoration” was the motto of the Le Dauphin company.
The company name has it’s origin in the former name of the province were it’s located: Dauphiné.
Le Dauphin no longer exists. It ended business in 2009 and was deleted from the register in 2013. The website stayed online until 2017.
Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
The French company Maison Charles made many lamps with an “ostrich egg” design. Today they still have some 9 type of lamps in production. Search for oeuf (egg) on the Maison Charles website. Also the Belgium company S.A. Boulanger made an impressive range of lamps in this style in the 60’s and 70’s.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Ateliers d’Art de France website
Maison Charles website – search
The village of Saint-Marcellin – Wikipedia
Saint-Marcellin is also famous for his soft cheese:
Saint-Marcellin cheese – Wikipedia
Travertine limestone – Wikipedia