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The original light bulb used for the brass version. The gold-croco-ice globe light bulb ∅ 12,5 cm / 4.92” from the German company Paulmann. Exists in 40 watt and 60 watt.

Paulmann gold-croco-ice light bulb, 220 volt - 40 watt


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Gaetano Sciolari Floor Lamp


Materials: Chromed metal (iron). Bakelite sockets.

Height: 145 cm / 57.08”

Base: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27 globe, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a silver crown / silver bowl globe light bulb.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.

Other versions: Also made as a ceiling light with 3,6 or 9 lamps, wall lamps and versions were made in brass. In the beginning of the 1980s they were also produced in white painted metal.

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 1950s 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 and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.

Gaetano Sciolaricreated 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. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early 1980s.

Brass lamp with the original globe gold-croco-ice light bulbs