Willy Daro Flower Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular brass base. 4 moulded bronze leaves (or some other copper alloy). Brass parts and ornamental screws. 10 pink oyster shell petals form the lampshades. 2 Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 60 cm / 23.62”
Width: 55 cm / 21.65”
Base: 15 x 15 cm / 5.90 x 5.90”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a silver capped bulb is preferred.
Period: 1970s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: Willy Daro.
Manufacturer:Les Nouveaux Ateliers Willy Daro SPRL, Brussels, Belgium.
Other versions: This Willy Daro flower table lamp exists also as a floor lamp. Several other lamps were made with these shells. Wall lamps, other table lamps and so on. This flower table lamp exists also with agate flowers.
Often said that the shells used are Capiz shells (windowpane oyster) or mother of pearl (nacre), but it is neither of them. Capiz shells are never in this colour and mother of pearl is not translucent. These shells are in all probability from the seloy oyster.
Willy Daro founded his company Les Nouveaux Ateliers Willy Daro SPRL, Brussels, Belgium), somewhere in the 1960s.
The lamps made by Wily Daro are all made in a very high quality. Most of the lamps made by Willy Daro are signed. In Willy Daro’s factory worked several people, many lamps are not by is hand, but they are all handmade, of course. The company ended business in 1987.
Other artists and/or producers that created lights with shells, agates and other minerals are: Henry Fernandez, Jacques Duval-Brasseur, Lova Creation, Paul Moerenhout, Isabelle Masson, Isabelle & Richard Faure (Maison Honoré), Georges Mathias, Mário J. Pires, Violette, Romeo Paris and many others.
Lamps like this are still made by several artists. Stan Usel, Patrick Dragonette, Gianluca Fontana, Taher Chemirik are a few of them.
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Many thanks to Koen for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.