Tutankhamun Table Lamps
Materials: White lacquered rectangular wooden base. Black rectangular wooden base. Brass or some other copper alloy for the pharaoh’s dead masks. Brass curved rod. Black fabric pagoda lampshade with gold wire rims. Bakelite E27 sockets.
Total Height: 63 cm / 24.80”
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: 25 cm / 9.84”
Base: 17 x 17 cm / 6.69 x 6.69”
Electricity: 1 bulbs E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Hollywood Regency style.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: These Tutankhamun table lamps exists in some small varieties and a few variations. For instance, the pharaoh lamp with the black base is an earlier version as the white lamp. The electric components are older and it is not quite as good finished as you can see on the pictures below (photos from the back side of the table lamps). Also another statue exist, as you can see.
King Tut: These lamps became popular in Europe in the late 1960s after the King Tutankhamun exhibitions in Paris, France (1967) and Brussels, Belgium (1970).
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 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.
Lamps in the movies
A Tutankhamun table lamp, probably made by Massive, appears in the 2019 British-American docudrama film Official Secrets. Starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Matthew Goode.