Gaetano Sciolari Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass). Clear crystal hand blown glass. Bakelite sockets.
Rod Length: 96 cm / 37.79”
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 54 cm / 21.25”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. A long white/opaque or frosted one is preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari chandelier also exist as up-lighter. A bigger version and wall lamps were also produced. Very rare in this transparent glass. Most of the time they are made in an opaque (white) version. A mega version exists. The globes are triple in size and they were made by the Italian Sciolari company for hotels and large buildings. S.A. Boulanger only produced the “standard” chandeliers. Also Amilux from France produced versions of these chandeliers and wall lamps.
Often said that these lamps were produced by Reggiani, but that’s not thru. Many of them have the S.A. Boulanger or Sciolari label. The Belgian company never produced Reggiani lamps.
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. He had to took over the Sciolari company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the fifties 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. 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), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark), Amilux, France and some other companies and off course 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 80s. 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. More info about that company over here.
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