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Boulanger Square Tubes Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass). Bakelite sockets.
Rod Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: +- 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 4 + 1 bulbs E14 (2 circuits), 4 + 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably Cubo bulbs made by Neolamp, Italy. The company no longer exists. They were made in white/opaque, clear and satin/frosted. The bulbs used in this setup are the satin bulbs, the “Sattinata“. These bulbs are hard to find these days, unfortunately.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: Produced in bigger versions (9 and 13 light bulbs). Also made in brass and some variations, as you can see below. Also made as a flush mount, wall lamps and a floor lamp.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; off course it was the space age.
In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari created lamps for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier andProgress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and off course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; were all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Litle is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the 1980s.
Different brass version with 13 light bulbs with two circuits (12 + 1)