Massive Palm Table Lamp
Materials: Square brass base in gold coloured metal, maybe gilded. Black cube. Metal urn with palm leaves or reeds on top. Brass rod. Purple conical fabric lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 55 cm / 21.65”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11,81”
Base: 10,5 x 10,5 cm / 4.13 x 4.13”
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: 1980s, 1990s – Hollywood Regency style.
Designer: To be appraised, probably inspired by a lamp designed by Maison Charles, Paris: “Vase Roseaux” (reeds vase) and often sold as a Maison Charles or Maison Jansen lamp. The Maison Charles table lamps always have a stamp in the metal on the back of the base with the company’s name on. The Vase Roseaux is still in production, you can find it on the website of Maison Charles. Often presented as palm lamps or urn lamps.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: The company produced many models of this Massive palm table lamp over the years. Most of them have these “short” leaves. The leaves of lamps made by the other Belgian company S.A. Boulanger have long leaves. Other Massive palm lamps can be found here and here. In production since the late 70s, this table lamp is from the 90s.
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.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1980s. 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.
VLM 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.