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Maria Pergay Style Table Lamp

Materials: Square brass curved cast base, made in 1 piece. Pagoda fabric lampshade. Brass ornament around the socket. Metal roundel and rod inside the base. White painted Bakelite socket.

Total Height: 72 cm / 28.34”

Height: 48,5 cm / 19.09”

Lampshade: 35 x 35 cm / 13.77 x 13.77”

Base: 20,5 x 20,5 cm / 8.07 x 8.07”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid century modern.

Designer: After a design by Maria Pergay.

Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich, Wommelgem, Belgium – attributed, no label present.

Other versions: Made in several sizes. All in cast brass.

Made after the Balustre table lamp designed by Maria Pergay. The Balustre is made of soldered brass plates and therefore much lighter than this one. Also the dimensions are different. 

Massive

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.

The switch and plug of this table lamp were made by VLM Components from Italy in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

Maria Pergay

The lights Maria Pergay (born 1930) designed are most of the time made in stainless steel. This look-alike table lamp is completely made of casted brass, almost the same version as the lamps she designed for the villas of Prince Abdullah in Taif, Saudi Arabia as described in the book:  Maria Pergay – Complete Works 1957-2010 – page 93, a book written by Suzanne Demisch.

Maria Pergay is known for her innovative use of stainless steel. A passion that began in the 1960s and has continued until today. Born in Moldova, Romania of a Russian-Jewish descent, Pergay escaped to Paris, France with her mother at age six at the beginning of World War 2.

After the war, Pergay studied sculpture, costume and set design. She started her career as a shop window designer through the 1950s, receiving commissions from major brands like Hermès and Dior. in the 1960s she opened an atelier and shop in the Place des Vosges (Le Marais) in Paris to sell her decorative silver objects. Upon a commission to work with steel, Maria Pergay began creating her iconic stainless steel furniture, with her first collection including the renowned Flying Carpet Daybed in 1968 and the Ring Chair in 1970.

Pergay went on to design palace interiors for Saudi Arabia’s Royal family, including this light. She also designed furniture for fashion designer Pierre Cardin and Salvador Dalí, continually evolving her stainless steel designs and incorporating wood, lacquer and mother-of-pearl. Today she continues to design interiors and produce limited-edition works.