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Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel Modernist Brass Ball Lamps Mid-Century Modern

US$4,700

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These fabulous newly brass-plated Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel Lamp Co. pair of Mid-Century Modernist ball lamps are timeless. They are from the late 1950s or early 1960s. They have been rewired and do not come with shades or harps. The tall base is of an abstract X-form. These will always make a statement in any room and are timeless. They have been restored with real brass plating to the best they can be. They are now a gorgeous warm color of brass. They are tall and the 3 balls make a sculptural look. Sold as a pair! Fully restored and spectacular.

Details

  • Creator
    Tommi Parzinger (Designer),Stiffel (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 86.36 cm (34 in.)Width: 13.97 cm (5.5 in.)Depth: 13.97 cm (5.5 in.)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Rewired: They have been fully restored with new brass plating and rewiring to the best they can be. They look great. Wear consistent with age and use. They have been plated tot he best they can be. Just a few areas of slight pitting as per age. Sold as is.
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU809816413131

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: North Miami, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

Stiffel

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.

Find a collection of vintage Stiffel lighting on 1stDibs.

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