1970s Massive Belgium Brass Table Lamp
Materials: Brass-plated iron. Vanilla painted iron bottom. Oak disk in the middle. Fabric lampshade with gold coloured plastic rims. Bakelite socket.
Total Height: 78,5 cm / 30.90”
Lampshade: ∅ 36 cm / 14.17”
Height: 52 cm / 20.47”
Base: ∅ 23,5 cm / 9.25”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: Made in several variations. The wood decoration, mostly oak was used for many lamps the company sold. You find it often in chandeliers that are attributed to AV Mazzega, but they are all made by Massive.
This table lamp is made of brass-plated iron. Brass was apparently too expensive to use for this big lamp at the time. It was certainly the most profitable.
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.
The Massive labels explained in 4 pictures
The label of this table lamp is the first one on the left