Blue & White Enamelled Pendant Lamp
Materials: White enamelled iron with a blue stripe and rim decoration. Handkerchief style light. Brass and porcelain socket.
Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Width: ∅ 26 cm / 3.93”
Height: 15 cm / 14.17”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1920s – 1960s – Art Deco.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium – attributed.
Other versions: This blue & white enamelled pendant lamp exists in several colours and designs.
This art deco style enamelled pendant lamp is a classic and probably typical Belgian. Made in the form of a hanging towel or handkerchief with the same white and blue decoration. If you find one for sale, it is almost always in Belgium. Made for many years and used in the scullery, laundry room and even outside under a canopy. Later versions were no longer enamelled but dyed. These pendant lamps exists also in glass with several decorations, including flowers and others.
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.