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Pivot LED Desk or Table Lamp with Articulating Arms in Patinated Brass
By Christopher Gentner
Located in Chicago, IL
The Pivot LED series with its articulated arm and adjustable head this brass lamp, is not only multidimensional, but it is an ever changing line drawing that nestles into a room. Rem...
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2010s American Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
By Stilux
Located in Hingham, MA
A 1950 Italian table lamp from Stilux Milano with Carrera marble base with switch and purple plexi dome reflector which can be playfully positioned from the articulating arm which ha...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
H 19.5 in. Dm 14 in.
Robert Sonneman Articulating Table Lamps
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Robert Sonneman articulating table lamps. Robert Sonneman's iconic eyeball lamps mounted to Steel bases having articulating movement to both the Eyeball shade diffusers and...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury brass articulating table lamp having a brass shade. Arm moves 180 degrees from front to back of base and can swing to the left side or right side 45 degrees. The shade hav...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
H 31 in. W 6.5 in. D 11 in.
Stilux Milano Articulating Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilux
Located in Naples, IT
1950s Italian table lamp from Stilux Milano with brass base with switch and green plexi dome reflector which can be playfully positioned from the articulating arm which has two adjus...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plexiglass

Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This striking brass table lamp from Koch & Lowy features an adjustable shade offering 360 degree mobility and tilt function. Additionally the shade height is adjustable along the ste...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
H 22.25 in. W 5.75 in. D 12 in.
Infinitus-V Contemporary Brass Articulating Table Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating table lamp pictured in a solid polished brass finish, adorned with a dark red hand-sewn sheathed leather detail by artisan saddle makers. The la...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Streamline American Art Deco Machine Age Articulating Table Lamp
By Kurt Versen, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
American high-style design, frequently attributed to Rohde or Versen. Unrestored original condition. Chrome very good, with some normal wear to base and small ding to shade. Cream...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Table Lamps

Pair of 20th Century Articulating Table Lamps, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
A set of two French desk or nightstand vintage table lamps from the 1970s built with an articulating chrome arm, white lacquered steel shades and bases with integrated light switches...
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20th Century French Space Age Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Industrial Articulating Table Lamps Wall Sconces by Bausch & Lomb
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, midcentury, articulating, cast zinc and spun steel, spotlight lamps by Bausch & Lomb can be used tabletop or as wall sconces. The lamps pivot 360 degrees and cast a white...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel, Zinc

Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Attribution Pair Articulating Table Lamps
By Kurt Versen, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Attribution Pair Articulating Table Lamps Matched pair iconic 1930s streamline modernist desk or end table lamps. Normal vintage wear, from use. ...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Brass, Enamel, Chrome

Petite Danish Modern Articulating Table Lamp in Chrome and Metal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive 1960s Danish modern table lamp composed of a chromed-metal stem, arm and adjustment clasp, and a circular, blue-grey painted metal base and shade. Features full shade and ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Metal

1930s Articulating Industrial Table Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An adjustable desk lamp in polished patinated steel having a pivoting shade attached to an articulating arm that rises from a slender stem anchored by a weighted base.
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel

  • 1930s Articulating Industrial Table Lamp
  • 1930s Articulating Industrial Table Lamp
  • 1930s Articulating Industrial Table Lamp
  • 1930s Articulating Industrial Table Lamp
H 14.5 in. W 6.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Original C. Jere Vintage Articulating Crane Table Lamp
By Curtis Jere
Located in East Hampton, NY
1970s art and design at its best, the crane lamp by Curtis Jere. Fully adjustable sculptural lamp. Features multi-directional pivoting light fixture complete with movable barn-doors ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Metal, Wire

Rare Pair of Articulating Arredoluce Table Lamps
By Arredoluce
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An exceptional pair of Arredoluce table lamps in polished stainless steel and travertine marble. Unusual to find a single. Impossible to come across a pair. These lamps are ingen...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Travertine, Steel

Infinitus-V Contemporary Articulating Brass Table Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating table lamp pictured in a solid nickel plated brass finish with polished brass finishes, adorned with a dark red hand-sewn sheathed leather detai...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Articulating and Orbiting Table Lamp, USA Circa 1970
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Table / desk lamp comprises a blackened steel cube-shaped base that supports a circular frame of tubular, polished chrome plated metal and atomic shaped diffuser also in polished chr...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

1950's Italian Articulating Desk Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Hingham, MA
1950's Italian articulating desk lamp made of hefty solid brass and enameled steel reflector. The articulation is controlled by turning the key on the brass ball swivel joint between...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

French 1950's Articulating Arm Table Lamp by Lunel
Located in Hingham, MA
Handsomely crafted French 1950's table lamp with a an articulating arm on a machine milled swivel joint with brass coil wrapped handle on the arm and a conical white uno shade
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Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps

Memphis Style Articulating Wood Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Postmodern wood lamp by Haba, Germany. Made in the 1980s. Wood dowel tightens the base so that it can clamp on to a desktop/tabletop/shelf. Height is adjustable. Painted wood a...
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Antique 1880s German Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Memphis Style Articulating Wood Lamp
  • Memphis Style Articulating Wood Lamp
  • Memphis Style Articulating Wood Lamp
  • Memphis Style Articulating Wood Lamp
H 26 in. W 20 in. D 4.5 in.
Unique Lucite Table Lamp with Articulating Glass Diffuser
Located in East Hampton, NY
Tall and architectural, this acrylic and glass wonderful lamp was designed for an installation during Basel Miami.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Industrial Articulating Microscope Illumination Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, midcentury, cast metal, microscope illumination lamp by Spencer Lens Company, Buffalo New York. This lamp casts an adjustable focused light with removable blue tint lens....
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

1930s Articulating Floor or Table Lamp by O.C. White
By O.C. White
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Task lamp designed by O.C. White (circa 1930s) composed of a steel arm, stem, and base with a painted shade. Unique size (height of the stem is 31.75") suitable for floor or table us...
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Metal, Steel

Continuum-II Contemporary Articulating Brass Table Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating desk, accent or nightstands lamp composed of a gold polished brass structure, unique 360° pear shaped joints and optional meticulous hand-engrav...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel, Brass

Clay Michie for Knoll International Articulating No. 8 Table Lamp
By Knoll, Clay Michie
Located in Vienna, AT
Classic Clay Michie for Knoll International Articulating No. 8 table lamp designed in 1958. Featuring a Chrome swing arm, perforated black enamel shade with (7.5 D x 1.5 H) weighted ...
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Vintage 1920s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Early 1900s Victorian Brass Hooded Articulate Switchboard Table Lamp
Located in Washington, DC
Wonderful patina, fully functional, with braid black cloth wire.    
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Antique Early 1900s American Late Victorian Table Lamps

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Brass

Articulating Desk Lamp by O.C. White
By O.C. White
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A fine and early patinated articulated and adjustable bronzed desk lamp having a sculptural stepped base and a thin flattened disc shade.
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Articulating Desk Lamp by O.C. White
  • Articulating Desk Lamp by O.C. White
  • Articulating Desk Lamp by O.C. White
  • Articulating Desk Lamp by O.C. White
H 20.5 in. W 8 in. D 22 in.
Industrial Articulating Desk Top Task Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial painted steel desk top task lamp, circa 1940s with original finish, articulates at three joints and is newly wired.  
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Vintage 1940s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel

Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
By Koch & Lowy
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a wonderful and original signed Koch & Lowy pivoting chromed desk lamp with tent shade diffuser. Single Edison socket.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
H 13 in. W 7.25 in. D 14 in.
Continuum-II Contemporary Brass Double Articulating Lamp
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating desk or accent lamp composed of a solid nickel plated brass structure and designed with polished brass finishes and a unique rotatable pear-shap...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel, Brass

Industrial Articulating Cast Iron Task Desk Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
A fully restored industrial articulating cast iron task lamp. Originally the lamp was used by a machinist as a task light in a factory.
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

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Iron

Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Solid brass desk lamp made by Koch & Lowy Lamp Company, circa 1960s. Its design offers a pivoting shade and counter weighted dome shaped base with a dimmer switch. The 21" long ar...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
H 24 in. W 7.25 in. D 7.25 in.
Black Enameled Metal Table Lamp with Articulating Shade, USA Circa 1940
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Table or desk lamp in black enameled metal with an ovoid shaped articulating shade, a tubular stem that connects the shade to the ball joint on the ovoid shaped base, allowing for ba...
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Metal

Scandinavian Modern Black Articulating Desk Lamp by Ledu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage ledu adjustable desk lamp with black base, stem, and shade and chrome accents. A similar style to the Luxo L-1 lamp but with a weighted metal base. A classic design that st...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

20th Century Italian Articulating Brass Lamp, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
A 20th century vintage desk or table lamp typical of the Italian 1970s design period composed of solid gold polished brass which articulates both at the base and the shade, Italy, ci...
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20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

  • 20th Century Italian Articulating Brass Lamp, 1970s
  • 20th Century Italian Articulating Brass Lamp, 1970s
  • 20th Century Italian Articulating Brass Lamp, 1970s
  • 20th Century Italian Articulating Brass Lamp, 1970s
H 21.26 in. W 16.93 in. D 8.67 in.
Infinitus-II Contemporary Handcrafted Articulating Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating table lamp of considerable size pictured in a solid polished aged brass finish, adorned with a brown hand-sewn sheathed leather detail and desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1950s Swiss Articulating Desk Lamp by BAG Turgi
By BAG Turgi
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An articulating, all metal spring tension task lamp capable of nearly unlimited positioning via two elbow joints, end knuckle, a swiveling shade joint as well as the entire arm mecha...
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Industrial Table Lamps

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Metal

Hardrill & Horstmann Counterpoise Articulating Desk Lamp, England 1950s
By Hadrill & Horstman
Located in New York, NY
An early version of the articulating desk lamp with the additional appeal of the attractive and functional counter balance.
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Vintage 1950s English Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Articulating Desk Lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce
By Arteluce, Angelo Lelii
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern desk lamp designed by Angelo Lelli with gooseneck arms and a counter-weight and wire system attached to two chrome supports on a marble base. Made by Arredoluce ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Chrome, Steel

Elegant Articulating Art Deco Streamline Desk Lamp, 1930s
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant articulating Art Deco / Streamline desk lamp made in Europe in the 1930s. Beautiful ivory body with brass detailing, well-constructed, heavy and of extremely high quality. ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Infinitus-IV Tall Contemporary Handcrafted Articulating Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted tall articulating table lamp pictured in a polished brass finish, adorned with a brown hand-sewn sheathed leather detail and designed with our signature pear...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Articulating Desk Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Iconic desk lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, all original, no missing parts or dents, great patina on brass, minor flaking on weighted handle, please see photos. Work...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Infinitus-II Contemporary Handcrafted Articulating Brass Lamp, Flow Collection
By Jonathan Amar
Located in Paris, FR
Contemporary handcrafted articulating table lamp of considerable size pictured in nickel silver plated polished brass finish adorned with a brown hand-sewn sheathed leather detail an...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Articulate Aluminum Desk Lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955
By Fridtjof Schliephacke
Located in Vienna, AT
Aluminum desk lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955. Elegant articulate table lamp with 21.25" in height and comprised entirely of aluminum. the condition is very good.
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Industrial Articulating Brass Daul Desk Lamp with Bell Shades
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Early late Edwardian industrial articulating brass lamp with dual lights. Each with milk glass bell-shaped shades. The lamp is in excellent condition and works perfectly. Dimensio...
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Vintage 1910s American Industrial Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Articulating Desk Lamp
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very chic midcentury articulating desk lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Professionally restored and rewired.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Bausch & Lomb Industrial Articulating Desk Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Bausch & Lomb industrial articulating desk lamp, Mid-Century Modern.
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Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Bausch & Lomb Industrial Articulating Desk Lamp, Sconce Mid-Century Modern
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Buffalo, NY
Bausch & Lomb Industrial articulating desk lamp, sconce... Mid-Century Modern...Art Deco, great streamline design.
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Black Articulating Midcentury Style Italian Desk Lamp or Wall Light
Located in New York, NY
Made in Italy this desk lamp has the look of the period versions at a fraction of the cost. The back of the base has a ring that gives you the option of hanging the light on the wall.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Iron

Italian Midcentury Brass Articulating and Counter-Balance Desk Lamp, Arredoluce
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern style desk or table lamp in the style of Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce composed of a round ball black marble base anchoring a solid brass articulatin...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Belgian Black Marble, Brass, Metal

Articulating Adjustable Shrink Painted Steel Desk Lamp by Bausch & Lomb
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial 1930s articulating, adjustable shrink-painted black desk lamp by Bausch and Lomb has a mercury painted interior shade for maximum illumination. 2 lamps available.
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel

German Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Articulating 'Bauhaus' Desk Lamp
By Hillebrand
Located in New York, NY
German 'Bauhaus' desk lamp in solid brass designed in the 1930 period and attributed to Hillebrand. Stabile, practical and fully adjustable; the lamp stem and shade both articulate.
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Vintage 1930s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century Perhsson Leather Chrome Articulate Desk Lamp Olympics Chalet Rustic
By Ateljé Lyktan, Jacques Adnet
Located in Washington, DC
Fully Functional, Complete. Two Standard Sockets, Three Light Settings. The Simris table lamp is designed by Anders Pehrson who took over the business of Ateljé Lyktan in 1964. (sc...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

1950s Articulating Desk Lamp by Gilbert Watrous for Heifetz Lighting Co
By Gilbert Watrous
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An articulating desk lamp with a cone shaped shade on a metal base and a magnetic ball connection to allow movement.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

French Art Deco / Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Articulating Desk Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An exquisite, timeless French early midcentury desk or table lamp with modernist and Art Deco influences in solid brass and stabile, heavy weight that combines form and function. The...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Brass

Koch & Lowy Polished Chrome Articulating Desk Light
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modernist 1970s Koch & Lowy desk lamp in nickel/chrome finish. Articulates/pivots in several directions. Lamp has some cosmetic wear to finish consistent with age. Working cond...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Chrome 3 Hinged Articulating Industrial Task Light with Chrome Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage chrome 3 hinged articulating industrial task light with chrome base. Looks like a "pixar" light. Has underwriters laboratories Inc Issue no D-1721 sticker as well as Internat...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Articulating Aluminum Machine Age Cruise Ship Desk or Night Light
Located in Dallas, TX
Generally attributed to Donald Deskey, cabin lights for vintage ships like the S.S. United States. Possible S.S. US model. Shade and arm articulate for use as vanity light, etc. Or...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Table Lamps

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Marine Articulating Clamp Light for Desk/Wall Sconce
Located in New York, NY
An elegant Scandinavian Modern brass desk or wall lamp from a Swedish luxury ship. This midcentury lamp articulates from three pivots. Elegant brass fittings. Will clamp to desk, wal...
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Vintage 1930s English Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Pair of Faries Articulating Table Lamps
By Faries Lamp Co.
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a beautiful matching pair of industrial lamps by the Faires Lighting Company. Both have the original Japanned copper or black finish and mini X-Ray Mercury glass shades. The ...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

  • Pair of Faries Articulating Table Lamps
  • Pair of Faries Articulating Table Lamps
  • Pair of Faries Articulating Table Lamps
  • Pair of Faries Articulating Table Lamps
H 21 in. W 5.5 in. D 5.5 in.
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Articulating Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the articulating table lamp you’re looking for. A articulating table lamp — often made from metal, brass and steel — can elevate any home. There are 124 variations of the antique or vintage articulating table lamp you’re looking for, while we also have 8 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a articulating table lamp — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A articulating table lamp made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Industrial — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one articulating table lamp that is appealing in its simplicity, but Koch & Lowy, Bausch & Lomb and Gerald Thurston produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Articulating Table Lamp?

The average selling price for a articulating table lamp at 1stDibs is $1,492, while they’re typically $169 on the low end and $6,400 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. A well-crafted antique or vintage table lamp does more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or artistic element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

After industrial milestones such as mass production took hold in the Victorian era, various design movements sought to bring craftsmanship and innovation back to this indispensable household item. Lighting designers during the Art Deco movement, originating in the glamorous roaring ’20s, sought to celebrate modern life by fusing modern metals with dark woods and dazzling colors in the fixtures of the era. The geometric shapes and gilded details of an Art Deco table lamp provide an air of luxury and sophistication that never goes out of style.

Some mid-century modern table lamps, particularly those created by the likes of Joe Colombo and the legendary lighting artisans at Fontana Arte, bear all the provocative hallmarks associated with Space Age design. Sculptural and versatile, the Louis Poulsen table lamps of that period were revolutionary for their time and still seem innovative today.

If you are looking for something more contemporary, industrial table lamps are demonstrative of a newly chic style that isn’t afraid to pay homage to the past. They look particularly at home in any rustic loft space amid exposed brick and steel beams.

Before you buy a desk lamp or table lamp, consider your lighting needs. The Snoopy lamp, designed in 1967, or any other “banker’s lamp” (shorthand for the Emeralite desk lamps patented by H.G. McFaddin and Company), provides light at a downward angle that is perfect for writing, while the Fontana table lamp and the beloved Grasshopper lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman each yield a soft and even glow. Some table lamps require lampshades to be bought separately.

Whether it’s a classic antique Tiffany table lamp or even a bold avant-garde fixture custom-made by a contemporary design firm, the right table lamp can completely transform a room. Find the right one for you on 1stDibs.