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Tall Mid-Century Modern White Crackle Glaze Ceramic and Brass Lamp by Stiffel

$2,000

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A tall ceramic and brass torchère style table lamp by Stiffel. A rare find, this circular lamp with white crackle glaze, has long been a difficult find for Stiffel lovers. The round body of the lamp is created from ceramic and is crackle glazed in white color. The ceramic body sits upon a circular satin brass base. The neck of the lamp is tall and also created from brass and has the original Stiffel label affixed to it. The switches on the body are the signature Stiffel switch. The shade on this lamp is white glass and casts it's light upwards. However, it was found with an oversize white fabric shade, which comes with this listing too. It is believed to also be by Stiffel. Stiffel lighting is well known for its high-quality metal lamps. The company has deep roots in American history. During WW II, the company opened up a division solely for the production of steel and metal bolts for the US Government. This particular piece is a rare find, as this shape is incredibly rare. Dimensions: 42” tall with fabric shade The shade is 17.5” diameter The shade is 18.25” tall 37.5” tall with ceramic shade 6” diameter at base.

Details

  • Creator
    Stiffel (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Diameter: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fantastic vintage condition. Minor signs of wear such as oxidization to the brass in some areas or light scratching.
  • Seller Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3382320014572

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  • Shipping
    $499 Standard Front Door Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 3-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Noble, OK
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Maker

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.

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