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Gaetano Sciolari Ceiling Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal, some metal parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Width: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”
Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a frosted tubular lamp as you can see in this setup. The originals are hard to find these days. Radium and Paulmann where two of those companies who produced these light bulbs.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: S.A. Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other versions: Also made with 6 bulbs and in brass and many variations.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; off course it was the space age.
In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolaricreated lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier andProgress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and off course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; were all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Litle is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the 1980s.
Model with 6 light bulbs on Vintageinfo: Gaetano Sciolari Ceiling Lamp