Art Deco Stained Glass Pendant Lamp
Materials: Yellow to orange flamed tongue cut stained glass (lead). Ornamental brass nut on top. Brass parts, chain and canopy. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 42 cm / 16.53”
Width: 22 cm / 8.66”
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: 1960s, 1970s – Art Deco Revival.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This art deco stained glass pendant lamp exists in all probability in several colours and sizes.
This lamp is made of “tongues”, a typical style from the art deco or Bauhaus period from before World War II. The stained glass lamps however became famous in the art nouveau period that was most popular between 1890 and 1910. This lamp is a combination of both. The most well known producer of stained glass lamps was of course Tiffany & Co. from New York, USA.
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.