Boulanger Reed Table Lamp
Materials: Brass, polished brass. Chromed brass, gilded brass. Fabric lampshade, Bakelite sockets.
Height: 63,5 cm / 25”
Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93 x 3.93”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a clear round bulb.
Period: 1960s and 1970s.
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.
These lamps were made in many versions, you can find several examples on Vintageinfo, click here. Different lampshades were used, adapted to the taste of the customer.
S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps 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.
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”.