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We love French Boilers


We love French Boilers

For people who love the fascinating and various designs of the french 'lava' boilers

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French boilers

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Comment by Modulo '70 on October 7, 2012 at 11:30am

I picked up another french boiler recently at an antiques fair in Surrey, England, I paid just £25 for it.  It's a smaller example of the one featured in the main picture above. Quite plain in compariosn to some of the amazing and varied designs. AC

Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on December 12, 2010 at 10:09am

Yes, "lampe a bulles" (lamp of bubbles, essentially) is a good search term. Now, I still don't know what these were actually called when they were new. All I know is that 1974 was sometime in their production period, and that F. Vaudan of Paris and S. Vera of Cleremont-Ferrand made some of them.

Comment by Simon Bernard Smith. on December 11, 2010 at 4:01pm

Hi All!!  Yes, I LOVE french boilers. Even more so, now that I have a name to put to them!  and thanks Alpha for starting this group!  I have only ever actually SEEN them once. I was in the lighting dept of a department store when I was 13. (36 years ago) and thought I had stumbled across the most incredible "mad professors lab".....!!  They were all there, boilers, fountain boilers, DOUBLE fountain boilers, (my favourite, I can remember).... all around me, like a great exhibition! (it was the pre-christmas season)....Actually Alpha, you may know the department store....Bentalls in Kingston??

I don't remember them having many (if any) actual lava-lamps at all.  It was all the swirly love-meter-hand-boiler-type lamps.  They also had some VERY large and complex Hand-held boilers.  BOY those french glassblowers were good.

  Jonas knows the entire story, but that was a VERY long email!!   You see I have been ACTIVELY searching for one of these lamps, (particularly the double-fountain) for that whole time!  At least I now know where to search and what terminology to use!!  ;) ....ONE day....Maybe??  Anyway, in the meantime I have 2 or 3 handboilers (one of them quite large.... very early taiwaniese and a good performer, the other two, contemporary and not so good)....Plus, I own two lava lamps.  However, I am determined to start collecting boiler-lamps and good-quality large hand-made french hand-boilers, as and IF they come along.

Jonas, thanks again for all your hard-work on the photo gallery and the AMAZING photo-shop list.....The gallery blew me away! I thought I was in Bentalls again back in 74!  Time-warp or what???


Comment by Modulo '70 on November 17, 2010 at 7:32pm
Hey Zazaab, try 'lampe bulles', that may work (bubbles i think)
Comment by Zazabb on March 23, 2010 at 8:25pm
Regarding finding a boiler... what exact terminology would be used to search eBay France? I get lamp=lampe, but what other terms should be searched? I'm told they show up fairly often on eBay France. Thanks for all info!
Comment by UndeadJorge on October 13, 2009 at 7:42pm
Looks as all good things are no longer made. Seller Market.
Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on October 13, 2009 at 6:37pm
Hunt eBay, UndeadJorje. They haven't been made for decades.
Comment by UndeadJorge on October 12, 2009 at 6:10pm
OMG I am in loving with this! How can I buy one?
Comment by Modulo '70 on August 21, 2009 at 4:55pm
Hey thanks a lot Jonas, this is really cool of you. I will find out how to get an album open in this group.

French bubbly regards to you!

Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on August 21, 2009 at 12:04am
I have just uploaded ALL my boiler photos (well, almost all - one photo of each one) and placed them in a separate album. If you wish, Alpha Centauri, we can find a way to link the album to or connect it to this group.

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