Cast Brass Table Lamp
Materials: Cast brass base. White painted Bakelite socket. Some metal parts. Fabric lampshade.
Total Height: 66,5 cm / 26.18”
Height: 49 cm / 19.29”
Lampshade: 38 x 25,5 cm / 14.96 x 10.03”
Base: 20,5 x 20,5 cm / 8.07x 8.07”
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: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
The original version of this cast brass table lamp was designed by Maria Pergay in the 1970s. You can find her Balustre table lamp over here on Vintageinfo.
This lamp by Massive was made in the late 70s, early 80s.
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.
The wiring, plug and socket are Italian and produced by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan since the late 1970s until the 1980s. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.