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Boulanger Reed Table Lamps

Materials: Polished and chromed brass. Bakelite sockets, fabric lampshade.

Total height: 74 cm / 29.13”

Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Base: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93 x 3.93”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 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, in all probability inspired by a lamp designed by Maison Charles, Paris named “Vase Roseaux” (reeds vase) and often sold as a Maison Charles or Maison Jansen 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. In shops often presented as “palm lamps”.

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in 2 sizes, the small editions uses 2 light bulbs. Made in polished brass, black lacquered brass, brass and chrome, completely chrome… Many different lampshades. Made in several variations: with an ostrich egg, different base and so on. You can find many examples on this website.

Boulanger

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.

VLM Components

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 RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

S.A. Boulanger Reed Table Lamp used as a prop in the movie Potiche with Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in 2010.

Boulanger Reed Table Lamps - S.A. Boulanger Reed Table Lamp used as a prop in the movie Potiche with Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in 2010.

Story

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”.