Boulanger Brass Reed Table Lamps
Materials: Square brass base, some square black coloured stone (to be determined, possible obsidian). Brass reed or palm leaves. Round fabric lampshades. Brass pine cone on top. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 56 cm / 22.04”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: 9 x 9 cm / 3.54 x 3.54”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14 – 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: To be appraised, probably inspired by a lamp designed by Maison Charles, Paris: “Vase Roseaux” (reeds vase). These lamps are often sold as Maison Charles table lamps. The table lamps by Maison Charles 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.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other Versions: These Boulanger brass reed table lamps exists in 2 sizes, the small editions such as these uses 2 light bulbs. The big lamps have 3 light bulbs. Made in polished brass, black lacquered brass, brass and chrome… Many different lampshades. Also made in several variations: with an ostrich egg, different base and so on. You can find many examples here on Vintageinfo.
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.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
Lamps in the movies
A S.A. Boulanger reed table lamp was used as a prop in the 2016 French-Belgian television thriller series Zone Blanche (White zone but named Black spot). Starring Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre and Laurent Capelluto. Many other lamps were used as a prop. You can find several of them over here.