Albatross Pendant Lamp
Materials: Black painted metal (iron), painted with wrinkle-paint. Big frosted glass plate in a wing form. Half round glass diffuser on top. 2 decorative brass balls hanging on a cord. Cord. Some other brass decorative parts. Metal socket.
Height: 71,5 cm / 28.14”
Width: 79 cm / 31.10”
Inside Cylinder: 20 x 10 cm / 7.87 x 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb Halo R7S, 1 x 300 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. A lower wattage or LED is also possible.
Period: 1980s, 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: It is unknown if this Albatross pendant lamp was made in other versions.
Pendant lamp or chandelier made in the form of a bird, albatross, kite, butterfly… Probably produced in the late 80s, early 90s. Lamps made after 1993 always have the CE marking if they are produced in Europe, because it is mandatory.
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.