1970s Chromed Ball Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron). Cast iron counterweight inside. Bakelite socket. Green felt on the bottom. White fabric lampshade.
Total Height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Height: 24,5 cm / 9.64”
Lampshade: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
Base: ∅ 11,3 cm / 4.44”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium. (attributed)
Other versions: Made is some varieties. A big brass version is also on display here on Vintageinfo.
This lamp has no marks or whatsoever. Inside is written with a pencil: 43.
Unfortunately the wiring and plug are replaced. The socket is original and made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in the 1970s.
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.