Gaetano Sciolari Style Lens Chandelier
Materials: Round lampshade made of many massive brass rods, pins and parts. Brass chain and canopy. 42 optic lens glass discs. Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 82 cm / 32.28”
Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.59”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari style lens chandelier exists in a smaller version and many variations. All with these glass discs. Wall lamps were also made. This one weighs 10 kilo, 22lb. Also made in brass and with cut glass beads on a string. Completely made in the Oscar Torlasco, Gaetano Sciolari style.
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. Massive sold many lamps from other companies, To many to name them. Almost every company sold lamps made by others.
Chandeliers in the same “optic” style were also produced by Palwa from Germany, Esperia, Achille Salvagni, Fontana Arte (Max Ingrand), Italy. Jean Perzel, France. To name a few.