Emil Stejnar Flowers Chandelier
Materials: White painted curved brass rods and parts. Long white metal rod and canopy. Clear crystal glass flowers, beads and pearls lampshades. 19 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Rod Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’
Height: 40 cm / 23.62”
Width: ∅ 50 cm / 23.62”
Electricity: 19 bulbs E14, 19 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Rupert Nikoll.
Manufacturer: Beleuchtungskörperfabrik und Beleuchtungsglashütten (lighting equipment factory and lighting glassworks) Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria.
Other versions: This Emil Stejnar flowers chandelier exists in several variations and sizes. Also made in chromed metal and polished brass.
This lamp is often named: Pusteblume or Dandelion (dandelion – taraxacum officinale). Others say Snowball chandelier. Also named Sputnik flowers chandelier, but a Sputnik lamp is something else. An example can be found here.
It is always said that Emil Stejnar designed these lamps with glass flower beads. But in the 1962 German book: Lampen Und Leuchten, Ein Internationaler Formenquerschnitt (Lamps and lights, an international cross-section of shapes), page 183, written by Gerhard Krohn is printed: Rossettenleuchter: Type und Design: Nikoll. Gerhard Krohn has written several books at that time about lighting. Among others his famous book Formschöne Lampen und beleuchtungsanlagen (Elegant lamps and lighting equipment). All published by Callwey from München.
Today (2020) Wikipedia says the opposite. I tend to think the book is correct.
Little is known about the Rupert Nikoll factory. The company was founded in 1908 and ended business in 1986. In 1966 the company moved to Ober-Grafendorf some 70 km / 43.5 miles from Vienna. Rupert Nikoll also had a branch in Munich, Germany since 1958.
Emil Stenjar (born 1931) is the most famous designer that worked for the company. He is also from Austria. According to Wikipedia he designed numerous chandeliers, wall lamps, flush mounts and mirrors decorated with crystal glass flowers in the beginning of the 1950s. In 1957, goldsmith and silversmith Stenjar moved to Sweden. He married and returned to Austria in 1968. His designs were produced for decades.
Rupert Nikoll is also known for the “Sumatra” floor lamp. Made in brass with an organic lampshade. Several lamps were produced with lampshades in this form together with organic materials such as flowers, grasses and cane. Few are left and many have disappeared due to the fragility of the lampshade. You can find a beautiful example here on Vintageinfo.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.