1960s Convex Opal Glass Table Lamp
Materials: Round brass base. Brass rod with a ball nut on top. 2 curved brass rods. 2 white frosted opal oval/convex glass lampshades. 2 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 47 cm / 18.50”
Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 2 E14 light bulbs, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferable white or frosted bulbs.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: The glass of this 1960s convex opal glass table lamp was used for many other lamps. Several examples can be found on Vintageinfo. This table lamp exists in a few varieties. Another example with ribbed glass lampshades can be found here. Versions exist with 1 lamp and 3 lamps. Several types of chandeliers were made, wall lamps, floor lamps and so on.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros.
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.