Opal Glass Globe Pendant Lamp
Materials: White opal ribbed or threaded glass globe. Conical wood top and canopy. Wood to determine. Probably some exotic wood such as teak. White painted metal socket holder (aluminium). Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 34 cm / 13.38”
Width: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred, but an opaque or frosted one gives the best result.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This opal glass globe pendant lamp exists in al probability in a few variations, all with the same glass globe. This one is model 5114/1.
Model 5114/1 has a copper ceiling cap and the wooden point seems slightly smaller than that of model 5116/1. Model 5115/1 has a diabolo-shaped wooden part on top of the glass ball and wooden canopy. Model 5116/1 is the lamp as above with wooden tip and wooden canopy.
This lamp is reminiscent of the Philips pendant lamp model NG 59, but it is not. The Philips lamp does not have the wooden cone on top. Also, Philips has never made a lamp with a wooden canopy.
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.