1960s Articulating Arc Floor Lamp
Materials: Round Carrara marble base. Chromed metal (iron) curved rods. Brushed aluminium lampshade, painted white inside. 2 black plastic ornamental screws and a rectangular rod holder. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 167 cm / 65.74”, adjustable until 220 cm / 86.61”
Width: 120 cm / 47.24” adjustable until 200 cm / 78.74”
Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: ∅ 35,5 cm x 5 cm / 13.97” x 1.96”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: S.A. Boulanger, Liege, Belgium – attributed.
Other Versions: This 1960s articulating arc floor lamp was also made with acrylic lampshades.
A very similar floor lamp, but with completely different parts and lampshade (see below) was made by the Spanish company T-Pons. No information can be found about it, except for a few lamps.
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The curved chrome rod is adjustable in length and height with the 2 black plastic ornamental screws.
But, in all probability it is a floor lamp made by S.A. Boulanger from Belgium. It is made in a good quality and most of the time found in Belgium. The lampshade was used for several other lamps, also by Massive from Belgium. Massive sold several lamps made by S.A. Boulanger. This floor lamp was also sold with acrylic lampshades, also typical models by S.A. Boulanger.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that were designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early eighties. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company. The journal goes back to 1983. The company is not to be confused by the other Boulanger company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels. More info about this company over here.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s, 1970s. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968. This switch is model 475.
Lamps in the movies
A 1960s articulating arc floor lamp made by T-Pons, Spain appears in the Belgian TV series Huizenjagers (House hunters) in October 2021, season 8, episode 11 on Play 4.