The bouillotte lamp is a type of table lamp that was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The name "bouillotte" comes from the French word for "boiler," and refers to the fact that the lamp was originally designed to hold a hot water container, or "bouillotte," underneath the shade to provide warmth during cold winter evenings.

The bouillotte lamp was invented by French nobleman Charles-Fran├žois de la Croix, Marquis de la Touche, in the late 18th century. He created the lamp to provide light and heat to his card playing guests at the same time. The lamp was designed to hold a container of hot coals, usually from a fireplace, which would radiate heat to the surrounding area.

The original design of the bouillotte lamp featured a simple, functional style, with a round shade, a central column, and a simple base. Over time, however, the design of the more...

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A brass three arm bouillotte table lamp, height 65 cm

Brass Bouillotte Table Lamp - Three Arms, 65cm Height

A brass three arm bouillotte table lamp, height 65 cm

A pair of metal and wax bouillotte table lamps, height 37.5 cm,

Metal and Wax Bouillotte Table Lamps (37.5 cm)

A pair of metal and wax bouillotte table lamps, height 37.5 cm,

A French bouillotte lamp, 19th century, of typical design, the…

French Bouillotte Lamp with Red Shade and Brass Arms

A French bouillotte lamp, 19th century, of typical design, the red enamelled shade with an ormolu finial above three brass arms and brass base, 82 cm high, 43 cm diameter

A pair of Empire style gilt metal bouillotte lamps, each with…

Empire style gilt metal bouillotte lamps with tole shades

A pair of Empire style gilt metal bouillotte lamps, each with an adjustable tole shade, the fluted column issuing three branches, height 68 cm

A vintage brass Bouillotte lamp, circa 1960s, of typical form…

1960s Brass Bouillotte Lamp with Green Tole Shade

A vintage brass Bouillotte lamp, circa 1960s, of typical form with three scrolling arms supporting electric candles, with an adjustable dark green tole shade and raised on a dish style base; with European electrical fittings, height 55 cm

A decorative brass table lamp, with applied lustre drops…

Brass Table Lamp with Lustre Drops and Bouillotte Shade

A decorative brass table lamp, with applied lustre drops beneath a bouillotte shade

Louis XVI style gilt-metal Bouillotte lamp, single light with…

Gilt Bouillotte Lamp with Painted Shade

Louis XVI style gilt-metal Bouillotte lamp, single light with painted tole shade. Height 62 cm