Antwerp – Ghent, Belgium 1950s Table Lamp
Materials: Brass. Some white painted metal parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 54 cm / 21.25”
Width: ∅ 28 cm / 11.02”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
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: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium – attributed.
Other versions: Made with different prints, also from other cities, or without. Also made with publicity for beers, pubs and so on. Below a lamp with a Paris decoration; but also written in old Dutch. Parys instead of Parijs. It is a more recent version from the 70s with a different rod.
These table lamps were often spotted in bars, café’s and restaurants in Belgium in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Antwerp and Ghent are the two most populated cities in Flanders, Belgium.
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.