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Stiffel

Stiffel (UNITED STATES)

When Ted Stiffel (1899–1971) founded Stiffel in 1932 in Chicago, he wanted to make functional, thoughtfully designed table lamps and other fixtures that were available at an accessible price. Born in Memphis, Stiffel first pursued a career in music before serving in World War I. After his discharge, he worked with the Western Electric Company in Chicago and then the Nellie J. Kaplan Company, a lighting firm also in the Windy City.

After he started his own lamp business, Stiffel began supplying area department stores and by the 1940s had opened a large factory that was producing lamps for nationwide sale, eventually competing with the likes of the Frederick Cooper Lamp Company, also based in Chicago. In 1948, designer Edwin J. Cole joined the company and created some of the firm’s most striking table lamps. Today, Cole’s vintage mid-century modern lighting fixtures for Stiffel, frequently with distinctively tall and shapely ceramic bodies and finished with decorative brass chinoiserie details, are highly prized by collectors.

One of Stiffel’s innovations was his patented switch, which simplified turning lights on and off: All someone had to do was grasp a lamp’s pole and gently pull down. He also designed a pole lamp with a vertical tube that held a series of fixtures on the outside. The upright pole lamp was so innovative that Sears, Roebuck and Company copied it. Stiffel sued, and the case ended up in the Supreme Court in 1964. The ruling against Stiffel was influential in whether states can give a patent to objects that do not have the invention required of federal patents.

After declaring bankruptcy in 2000, the brand was revived in 2013 in Linden, New Jersey, where newly produced high-quality lamps carry the Stiffel name.

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Pair of Stiffel Crackle Glaze Ceramic and Brass Moorish Style Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent pair of brass and ceramic bodied Moorish style table lamps by Stiffel. Ceramic bodies are a mottled sea foam green crackle glazed urn form. Brass flat plinth, incised cap a...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Patinated Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Fluted and Studded Brass Urn Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Lacquer, Wood

Pair of Stiffel White Crackle Glazed Ceramic and Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Ceramic, Milk Glass

Rare 1950s Stiffel Black Lacquer and Brass Suspension Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare 1950s Stiffel suspension table lamp. Four brass rods with ball finials support a black lacquered cup with internal light socket. Original off-white lacquered steel diffuser and ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Stiffel Ostrich Egg and Antique Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Milk Glass, Porcelain

Elegant Pair of Stiffel Walnut and Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Milk Glass, Walnut

Pair of Stiffel Brass Crown and Sage Lacquer Obelisk Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Resin

Neoclassical Tripod Base Brass Table Lamp by Stiffel
By Stiffel, Edwin Cole
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass neoclassical dual socket table lamp by Stiffel. The base is an antiqued solid brass tripod with Italianate legs and a segmented baluster. The switch pulls chains end in a uniqu...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Brass and Sage Porcelain Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

20th Century American Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Impressive Pair of Neoclassical Brass Table Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Metal

Stiffel Mahogany & Brass Open Base Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Exceptionally designed mahogany and brass open base table lamp by Stiffel. Tapered mahogany body topped with a brass stem and brass bobeche. Brass base is an open circle with four br...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Brass Tulip Shade Floor Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass stemmed and tulip shade torchiere with four arched legs.
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Metal

Pair Stiffel Porcelain Obelisk & Decorative Brass Table Lamps.
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Wood, Brass, Milk Glass

Pair Stiffel Neoclassical Brass & Ivory lacquered Table Lamps.
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Milk Glass

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Pair of Stiffel White Crackle Glazed Ceramic and Brass Table Lamps
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Pair of Stiffel Patinated Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
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Pair of Stiffel Ostrich Egg and Antique Brass Table Lamps
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Pair of Stiffel Fluted and Studded Brass Urn Table Lamps
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Elegant Pair of Stiffel Walnut and Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
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Crackle Glazed White Ceramic & Brass Regency Table Lamp.
Located in Chicago, IL
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Impressive Pair of Neoclassical Brass Table Lamps by Stiffel
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Pair of Stiffel Brass Crown and Sage Lacquer Obelisk Table Lamps
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Pair of Stiffel Brass and Sage Porcelain Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

20th Century American Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair Stiffel Neoclassical Brass & Ivory lacquered Table Lamps.
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Milk Glass

Pair Stiffel Porcelain Obelisk & Decorative Brass Table Lamps.
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Wood, Brass, Milk Glass

Pair of Urn Form Brass and Ivory Crackle Glaze Table Lamps
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1980s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Lacquer

Previously Available Items
Pair of circa 1950s Stiffel Rouge Marble and Square Brass Columns Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent pair of 1950s modern table lamps from Stiffel. The bases are a rouge / red marble beveled plinth with four square brass columns comprising the body. These clean lined table...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Marble, Brass, Metal

Stiffel Brass Floor Lamp with Round Lucite Table
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Modern floor lamp in brass with a round clear acrylic tabletop by Stiffel. Solid brass base with four arched legs and dual lighting elements with Classic pull chain switches. Sold sa...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Rare 1950s Black Lacquer & Brass Suspension Stiffel Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare 1950s Stiffel suspension table lamp. Four brass rods with ball finials support a black lacquered cup with internal light socket. Original off white lacquered steel diffuser and ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Steel, Brass

Pair Stiffel Walnut & Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Architecturally inspired pair of table lamps by Stiffel. Four brass spheres atop a plinth base support a walnut obelisk-form body with horizontal incised and ebonized decoration. Sur...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

  • Pair Stiffel Walnut & Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
  • Pair Stiffel Walnut & Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
  • Pair Stiffel Walnut & Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
  • Pair Stiffel Walnut & Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
H 44.25 in. W 7.25 in. D 7.25 in.
Pair Stiffel Brass Crown & Sage Lacquer Obelisk Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
These unique art deco inspired table lamps by Stiffel are comprised of brilliantly juxtaposed brass and cast resin in the form of weathered wood. The brass plinth base supports the s...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Impressive Pair Of Neoclassical Brass Table Lamps By Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Very substantial pair of neoclassical baluster form antiqued brass table lamps by Stiffel. Greek key design on base. The double sockets are supported by a large candle style upright....
Category

20th Century American Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Metal

Pair Stiffel Rouge Marble & Square Brass Columns Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent pair of 1950s modern table lamps from Stiffel. The bases are a rouge/red marble beveled plinth with four square brass columns comprising the body. These clean lined table l...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Plastic

Pair Stiffel Parcel Gilt & White Lacquer Regency Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair Stiffel Lamp table lamps in carved and lacquered wood. Bodies lacquered in white, then hand glazed in gold leaf with gilt rimmed spacers and parcel gilt base. Sold sans shades.
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Pair Stiffel 52" Tall Antiqued Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of patinated solid brass baluster form table lamps. Traditional machine age bases with flared section bodies that finish with a poppy flower bobeche. Lacquered ivory metal stems...
Category

1960s Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Large Brass and Crystal Bouillotte Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
In excellent original condition, these sizable three-arm lamps are made of brass, with hanging crystals. With original cream and gold tortoiseshell shades, and stately finials.
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Pair Stiffel Fluted & Studded Brass Urn Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Large studded and fluted brass table lamps from the best years of Stiffel, the fine lamp maker. Black lacquered bases feature subtle chamfered feet. Surmounting the brass urns are br...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Pair Stiffel White Crackle Glazed Ceramic & Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of heavy bodied, white craquelure glazed ceramic table lamps. Patinated brass appointments from the best days of American premier lighting company, Stiffel. Sold sans shades.
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1950s American Vintage Stiffel