Marble & Reed Table Lamp
Materials: Square chrome base. Brown marble cylinder and globe. Some chrome and brass parts. Gold painted iron reed or palm leaves. Brown velours (not velvet) round conical lampshade with gold foil inside. Brass pine cone on top. Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 73 cm / 28.74”
Width: 35,5 cm / 13.97”
Base: 11 x 11 cm / 4.33 x 4.33”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: To be appraised, probably inspired by a lamp designed by Maison Charles, Paris: “Vase Roseaux” (reeds vase) and often sold as a Maison Charles or Maison Jansen table lamp. The Maison Charles table lamps always have a stamp in the metal on the back of the foot with the company’s name on. The Vase Roseaux is still in production, you can find it on the website of Maison Charles.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.
Other versions: This marble & reed table lamp exists in some varieties. Other colours of marble were used. These lamps were made in many versions, you can find several examples here on Vintageinfo.
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. Boulanger is a common name, in English it is Baker.
Lamps in the movies
A S.A. Boulanger reed table lamp was used as a prop in the 2016 French-Belgian television thriller series Zone Blanche (White zone but named Black spot). Starring Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre and Laurent Capelluto. Many other lamps were used as a prop. You can find several of them over here.
A S.A. Boulanger ostrich egg table lamp was used as a prop in the French comedy film Potiche from 2010. Starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.