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Bluebird Green Marbled Egg Table Lamp
Materials: White, yellow-green cone glass egg lampshade with green marbled striping. White layer on the inside. White painted Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 24 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulbs can be used, not a specific one preferred. But to avoid stripes in the glass: a white bulb gives the best result.
Period: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Bluebird green marbled egg table lamp was made for many years in countless variations. This egg was produced in the 1990s.
Many companies produced glass eggs in the past. The most famous ones were made in Murano, Italy by companies such as Venini and Barovier&Toso.
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.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1990s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
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