1970s White Onyx Table Lamp
Materials: Round chrome base. 2 white onyx oval globes. Some chrome parts. White conical fabric lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 55 cm / 21.65”
Height Base: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: 34 cm / 13.38”
Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 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 – attributed.
Other versions: This 1970s white onyx table lamp was made in some varieties. Several different colours of onyx were used. Also lamps with marble exists. The lampshade of this lamp is not original.
These lamps are reminiscent with the lamps made by Maison Barbier from Paris, France, but they are not of course.
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 and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Massive – Wikipedia (in Dutch)
The complete history of the Philips company
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.