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For people who love the fascinating and various designs of the french 'lava' boilers
Latest Activity: Nov 13
Started by alain-noel. Last reply by alain-noel Nov 7.
Started by PATRICE POUCHAIN. Last reply by Jlm2jlm Feb 2, 2019.
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
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.
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???
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