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Two other reed table lamps made by S.A. Boulanger

Boulanger Reed or Palm Lamp

Boulanger Reed or Palm Lamp

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Boulanger Reed or Palm Table Lamps

 

Condition: In excellent condition.

Materials: brass, opaque/white crystal glass, fabric lampshade, Bakelite sockets.

Total height: 73 cm – 28.74”

Width lampshade: 36 cm – 14.17”

Width base: 11 cm – 4.33”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14 – 3 x 60 watt – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s and 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised, probably inspired by a lamp designed by Maison Charles, Paris: “Vase Roseaux” (reeds vase) and often sold as a Maison Charles lamp. The Maison Charles table lamps always have a stamp in the metal on the back of the foot with the company’s name on. The “Vase Roseaux” is still in production, you can find it on the website of Maison Charles: www.charles.fr. (link opens in a new window)

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in several different versions, other colours and lampshades.

S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the 1980s.

Lamp used in the movie “Potiche” with Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in 2010.

S.A. Boulanger Table Lamp In The French Movie Potiche (2010)

Story

In 1977 a submissive wife gets to run her husband’s umbrella factory, after the employees rebel against their tyrannical manager. In French, a “potiche” is a decorative vase, but by extension means “window dressing” or, roughly, “trophy wife”.

Label on the opaque egg: Opaline véritable – fait main – France. (real opal glass – made by hand – France)

Boulanger Reed or Palm Lamps - Opaline véritable - Fait Main - France