Boulanger Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
Materials: Brass, opaque/white crystal glass egg. Fabric lampshade, Bakelite sockets.
Total height: 73 cm / 28.74”
Lampshade: ∅ 36 cm / 14.17”
Base: 11 x 11 cm / 4.33 x 4.33”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s and 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised, probably inspired by some egg lamps designed by Maison Charles, Paris. This Boulanger lamp is 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. Today Maison Charles has some 9 different egg lamps in production. You can find them on their website by doing a search for oeuf (egg) in French.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other versions: Made in several different versions, other colours and lampshades.
One of these lamps got a sticker on the “ostrich egg” with the text “Opaline Veritable France. Fait Main”. Real French opaline, hand made.
Other names for these lamps: palm lamps, reed lamps.
S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the 1980s.
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”.
Label on the opaque egg: Opaline véritable – fait main – France. (real opal glass – made by hand – France)