Lime Green Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round & rounded curved hand blown clear lime green glass lampshade, white opal glass on the inside (incamiciato). White painted metal ring. White painted turned wood on top. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Width: ∅ 26 cm / 10.23”
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 – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium. Glass by De Rupel, Boom, Belgium.
Other versions: This lime green pendant lamp was made in several colours, sizes and variations. Olive green glass turns into yellow/lime when lit. It were popular colours at that time. Many other companies produced lamps in this colour and style.
Incamiciato: Overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass. It’s an Italian word, because the technique was invented on the Murano Island of Venice.
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.