Massive Rosette Crystal Glass Chandelier
Materials: Round oval discs lampshade. Brass (probably gilded) wire frame, rods & canopy. 3 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Total Height: 100 cm / 39.37”
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 42 cm / 16.53”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 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 Massive rosette crystal glass chandelier exists in several variations and sizes. Also a chrome version and wall lamps were made.
Made in the style of the famous Murano chandeliers with hand blown round discs in many colours. These discs are made of pressed crystal glass and are all the same. The glass was in all probability made by the Val Saint Lambert factory also from Belgium. The companies often worked together before. For instance, round pressed glass discs were made for a Sputnik chandelier sold by Massive and S.A. Boulanger. You can find it over here.
Chandeliers in this style were also made by the German company OTT International. They have more rectangular discs, but with a comparable design.
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 Leuchte and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Vintageinfo – other Massive lamps with Val Saint Lambert glass
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.