Pink Glass Teardrops Chandelier
Materials: Curved gold coloured rods, frame chain and canopy. Pink degrading to clear crystal glass drops. Clear glass beads. 4 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Total Height: 80 cm / 41.33”
Height: 45 cm / 41.33”
Width: ∅ 37 cm / 27.16”
Electricity: 4 bulbs E14, 4 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s, 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Pink glass teardrops chandelier exists in many variations.
Often said that these lamps are from Murano, but most of them don’t. Selene Illuminazione made very similar lamps in the 1980s and 1990s, but they are labelled with a Vetri Murano label 004. Often named Waterfall, but these lamps have no name.
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.
Often or even mostly said that these chandeliers are made by the famous Italian Murano company Venini. It is a not true of course. First of all, Venini never made them, as they confirmed to me. They made several lamps with glass drops, but they are completely different as you can see in a catalogue picture from 1962. Far not as frivolous, almost kitschy as these ones. Second: it is simple, real Venini lamps are always stamped in the metal frame. In May 2021 I searched for real Venini glass drops chandeliers on all famous websites and I couldn’t find any.
Real Venini Glass Drops Flush Mount
Massive Clear Glass Teardrops Chandelier
Another Massive Glass Teardrops Chandelier
Almost the same, but this one has frosted pink glass drops.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Palwa crystal teardrop chandelier – Another German company
Many thanks to Frank, Hans, Christophe, Frederic and Lucas for the photos and the help!