Boulanger Chrome Reed Table Lamp
Materials: Completely made of chromed iron and brass. Square base, urn on top, many reed leaves. Chrome rod. Black fabric lampshade with 2 silver ribbons. Ornamental pineapple screw on top. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 74 cm / 29.13”
Lampshade: ∅ 36 cm / 14.17”
Base: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93 x 3.93”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Hollywood Regency.
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 foot 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: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other Versions: This Boulanger chrome reed table lamp exists in 2 sizes. The small version uses 2 light bulbs. Made in polished brass, black lacquered brass, brass and chrome… Many different lampshades. Made in several variations: with an ostrich egg, different base and so on. You can find many examples here on Vintageinfo. This chrome version is from the 1960s, to see on the wiring made by VLM Components.
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 Components 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 Boulanger ostrich egg & reed table lamp was used as a prop in the film “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”.