Gaetano Sciolari Brass Chandelier
Materials: Brass rectangular rods/slats. Long brass tube and canopy. Some brass and metal parts. 13 Brass tubular socket holders. 13 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Rod Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 40 cm / 31.49”
Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”
Electricity: 10 + 3 bulbs E14 (2 circuits), 13 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably bulbs made by Neolamp Italy. The company no longer exists. The name of the bulb is Sirio.
They exist in white/opaque, clear and satin. The bulbs used in this setup are the satin bulbs, the “Sirio Sattinata“. These incandescent light bulbs are hard to find these days. Today dimmable LED lamps are in production by the Dutch company Pope. You can buy them over here at Bol.com. They also sell the cube version.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari brass chandelier exists in a smaller version and was made as a wall and floor lamp. This chandelier was also produced in chromed metal (iron). Other versions with curved tubes in between the light bulbs instead of rectangular rods were also made.
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 fifties were Sputnik inspired pendants. The beginning of 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 lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Metalarte (Spain), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies. Of course he also designed for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan, where 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.
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.