1960s Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron & brass) rods and globe. Plastic balls. Some metal parts. Bakelite sockets.
Total Height: 90 cm / 35.43”
Height: 40 cm / 11.02”
Width: ∅ 40 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulbs can be used, but silver-capped bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: S.A. Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other versions: This 1960s chrome sputnik chandelier is model 2174/12. These chandeliers were also made with more or less light bulbs. Made as a flush mount, a table lamp and a floor lamp. Complete brass versions were also produced.
These type of chandeliers were made in many forms, sizes and interpretations. Made from the 1950s until now in every country in Europe. Also made in the United States. Beware for the new ones if you want an old chandelier! Easy to see: the new ones all have white plastic sockets inside the chromed part, they must be made of black Bakelite. And of course new ones all have labels and most of them are made in China. Rogue traders remove the labels!
The earliest design of this lamp dates back from the late 1950s, when the Soviets launched their Sputnik 1 satellite into orbit (1957): the space age has begun. Gaetano Sciolari was one of the first designers of this type of lamps, if not the first.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. 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 early 1980s. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company/factory. 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.
The light bulbs used for this setup are gold-capped vintage bulbs from Radium. These filament lamps are also gold coloured on the clear part to create a more posh effect.
Many Thanks to Ger for the additional pictures.