Boulanger Turquoise Ostrich Egg Table Lamp
Materials: Square brass base. Brass parts, rods and decorations. Turquoise/blue/green/sapphire crystal opal glass egg decorated with moulded brass leaves. Round turquoise fabric lampshade. Brass pine cone or pineapple on top. 3 Bakelite sockets.
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, 1970s – Hollywood Regency.
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: This Boulanger turquoise ostrich egg table lamp exists in several different versions. It exists in other colours and with several other lampshades. Many other “reed” lamps were produced by S.A. Boulanger, you can find many of them here on Vintageinfo.
One a similar white table lamp is a sticker glued with on the “ostrich egg” the text “Opaline Veritable France. Fait Main“. Real French opaline, hand made. You can find the white lamps over here.
Other names for these lamps: palm lamps, reed lamps.
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 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 white Boulanger ostrich egg table lamp was used as a prop 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”.