Boulliotte name comes from a French card game popular in the late 1700's.
Original Boulliotte lamps were candle lamps under which the game was played.
These brass desk lamps had wax candles with a shade around them to reduce the
candles' glare. They also had an adjustable center rod that allowed
the shade to be adjusted up or down and a bowl-shaped base for the game
chips. In the 1930's, electrified versions of Boulliotte lamps became popular.
Their characteristics remained the same but they were more for dιcor than for function.
Boulliotte shades were originally made of tin or brass so that they wouldn't
catch on fire from the candles. Fabric Boulliotte shades were introduced with
the electrified versions.
Today, any shade that is squatty with a large top and
bottom, but a shallow height is considered a Boulliotte shade.