Original light bulbs used for the brass lamps
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Gaetano Sciolari Boulanger Flush Mount
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) ceiling piece. 9 chromed metal tubes. Some iron and brass parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 35 cm / 13.77”
Width: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Electricity: 9 bulbs E14, 9 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
For this setup a silver cup/crown/bowl light bulb was used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: Also made as a big floor lamp with 3 globe lamps. A flush mount with 3 and 6 lamps and made in brass with long and short tubes. In the late 1970s, early 1980s they were also produced in white. These lamps were also used as wall lamps and even as a table lamp.
The original light bulbs were elongate. An example is here. These bulbs are no longer in production. Nowadays, they sell LED versions.
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 Sciolari created lamps or Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium). Helestra and Leola (Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and off course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan, where all the lighting business in Italy at that time was present. Many of his designs were produced under licence by those companies.
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.
Sciolari Illuminazione started business in 1892 and still exist.
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. More info about the company over here.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.