1980s Gold Swan Table Lamp
Materials: Rectangular black lacquered wood beam base. Brass swan, gold coloured art nouveau style decoration. Black painted cardboard pagoda lampshade with gold coloured rims. Gold coloured inside. Brass socket holder and parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total Height: 55 cm / 21.65”
Lampshade: 36,5 x 25,5 cm / 14.37 x 10.03”
Height: 30,5 cm / 12.00”
Base: 17,7 x 9,2 cm / 6.96 x 3.62”
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, 1980s – Hollywood Regency style.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This gold swan table lamp exists in several varieties. Massive produced many lamps in this “Hollywood Regency” style. All black with gold coloured decoration. They produced them since the late 1970s until the early 1990s. This table lamp is article number 13091/91. Several of them are on display here on Vintageinfo. You can find an example with a sea horse decoration over here.
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.