1960s Triple Pendant Chandelier
Materials: Brass rods. Teak parts. White striped conical opal glass lampshades. Conical teak canopy. 3 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 105 cm / 41.33” – adjustable
Width: ∅ 69 cm / 27.16”
Lampshades: ∅ 18 x 20 cm / 7.08 x 7.87”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This 1960s triple pendant chandelier exists in several versions. Also single pendant lamps exists. The glass lampshades were used for several other chandeliers.
These convex conical opal glass lampshades are hand blown, none of these glasses are the same. They were in all probability made by the glass furnace company De Rupel from Boom, Belgium. A large provider of glass parts for Massive.
Often said that these lamps were made by Philips. Philips never produced lamps with wooden canopies.
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 commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO Leuchte and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
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