Gaetano Sciolari Crystal Drops Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass). Crystal glass in the form of drops. 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.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: These drops were used for several different chandeliers, 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; 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 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 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.
S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Little is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early eighties.
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Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.