Boulanger Reed Table Lamps
Materials: Completely made of brass. Fabric lampshade, Bakelite sockets.
Big reed table lamp
Height: 92,5 cm / 36.41”
Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: 12 x 12 cm / 4.72 x 4.72”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a small round bulb.
Small reed table lamp
Height: 85,3 cm / 33.5”
Lampshade: ∅ 29,7 cm – 11.69”
Base: 9 x 9 cm / 3.54 x 3.54”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a clear round bulb.
Period: 1960s and 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
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.
Versions: Made in 2 sizes, polished brass, black lacquered brass, other lampshades. Also a fully chromed lamp exists.
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”.