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Gaetano Sciolari Crystal Drops Chandelier 

Materials: Chromed metal rods, tubes and parts made of iron and brass. Crystal glass parts in a drop form. Bakelite sockets.

Total Height: 75 cm / 37.79”

Width: ∅ 65 cm / 21.25”

Electricity: 8 bulbs E14, 8 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.

Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari crystal drops chandelier exists in several versions. The glass drops were used for several different chandeliers and wall lamps. They were also produced by Sciolari Illuminazione.

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 late 1950s were Sputnik inspired chandeliers such as this one; of 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 lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of 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.

S.A. Boulanger

Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that were 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. More info about the company over here.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.