Ostrich egg & reed table lamps by S.A. Boulanger
1970s Reed Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron). Fabric lampshade with 3 metallized plastic rings, Silver painted Bakelite sockets.
Height: 75 cm / 29.52”
Lampshade: ∅ 28,5 cm / 11.22”
Base: 12 x 12 cm / 4.72 x 4.72”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a 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 base 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: To be appraised.
These lamps were made in several versions, you can find multiple examples here on Vintageinfo. Many different lampshades were used, adapted to the taste of the customer.
Several types of these lamps were made by S.A. Boulanger from Liège, Belgium, as you can see on the left. 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.
Companies that produced lamps like this: Maison Jansen, Maison Bagues, Deknudt Lustrerie, Massive Lighting, Le Dauphin and many others.
The plug and switch are made by the A.A.G. Stucchi company from the north of Italy, some 50 km (31 miles) from the capital of all Italian lights: Milan.
A.A.G. Stucchi was founded in 1944 and was first named Electra. In 1950 the name changed into A.A.G. Stucchi. The company’s founding members are Aristide,Arturo and Giuseppe Stucchi. A.A.G. Stucchi is located in the city ofy.
The 2 sockets were produced in the 1970s by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan in Italy.
It is not so exceptional that the electrical components are Italian. Many European light producers used Italian parts.
S.A. Boulanger ostrich egg table 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”.