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Stilnovo Extendable Wall Arm Lamp in Black and White, 1957
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare wall arm lamp edited by Stilnovo in 1957. The wall arm swivels 180 degrees and is extendable up to 140cm. The height of the lampshade is adjustable as well by simply pulling t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Metal

French Mid-Century Modern Black & Gold Bronze Horse Sconces, Wall Lights - Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Superb pair of French Mid-Century Modern Bronze horse sconces, Wall Lamps from the late 1950s. US rewired and in working condition. 1 bulb 25 watt max. Measures: Back plate 3 inches ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Enamel, Bronze

French Bronze Mid-Century Modern Horse Sconces, Wall Lights & Black Shades -Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Superb pair of French Bronze Mid-Century Modern horse sconces. US rewired and in working condition. 1 bulb 25 watt max. Measures: Back-plate: 3 inches W, 4.2 inches H. Have a look on...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bronze, Enamel

Italian Mid-Century Style Sconces with Black Metal Shades
Located in New York, NY
An impressive and large pair of contemporary Italian sconces in the style of the Classic designs of the period.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Sconce by Targetti Sankey, Italy, circa 1970
By Targetti Sankey
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age sconce in hand blown clear and dark blue Murano glass and chromed and lacquered (white) metal, manufactured by Targetti Sankey and still retaining the original label, circa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Italian Mid Century Murano Art Glass Sconces with Copper Finish 6 Available
Located in Encinitas, CA
Art Nouveau style Murano thick art glass with fern motif, circa 1970, recently fashioned masterfully into delightful candle sconces with copper finish fixture. UL wired. Ready to be...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Black Asymmetrical Sconces w/White Opaline Glass Boules
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
The pair comprehends one left & one right sconce, late 20th century. Three E14 light bulbs each. Black painted body. The glass white boules are held in place with two brass clips.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Midcentury Black and White Double Cone Diabolo Wall Light Sconce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This large Modernist 1950s double cone wall light was designed and manufactured in the United States. The wall light has got a black and a white diabolo-shaped perforated lampshad...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Black and Brass Pierre Guariche Style Articulating Wall Light Sconce
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This 1950s articulating wall lamp was designed and manufactured in France. The wall light has got a black diabolo-shaped lampshade and brass swiveling lamp arm with brass details ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Sconce Serge Mouille Applique Model "One Rotating Straight Arm" Black or White
By Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
Available in black or white. by "Les Editions Serge Mouille" Signed and numbered with certificate.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Industrial Swing Out Wall Sconce Light
By Get Back, Inc.
Located in Oakville, CT
Bespoke industrial / Mid-Century Modern metal and steel swing out wall lamp, light, wall sconce with 7" antique milk glass shade and Edison bulb. Overall length measures 47", bracket...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

Pair of French Sconces by Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Miami, FL
Two patinas pair of sconces, brass and gun metal, circa 1955s Measurements with the shade: 12"W, 5"projection to the wall, 8"H. Two patinas brass, brass and gun metal. Back plate ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Sconce Serge Mouille Antony or Small Bed Side Light
By Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
This lamp appeared with its tube bent almost square and pivoting in a fixing lug in the wall. The horizontal arm supported the reflector fitted to a ball and joint socket. There were...
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Steel

  • Sconce Serge Mouille Antony or Small Bed Side Light
  • Sconce Serge Mouille Antony or Small Bed Side Light
  • Sconce Serge Mouille Antony or Small Bed Side Light
  • Sconce Serge Mouille Antony or Small Bed Side Light
H 16.15 in. W 13.78 in. D 13.78 in.
Pair of Black & White Ceramic Biceps Wall Lights, Germany 1980s
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Outstanding black & white ceramic wall lights. Measures: 13.4" x 7" x 7" in. (34 x 18 x 18 cm). Lighting: takes two large Edison E27 base screw bulbs per lamp. Condition: excelle...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Serge Mouille Applique Model "One Rotating Curved Arm" Black or White
By Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
Serge Mouille Also know has sconce one rotating curved arm Serge Mouille, 1953.  
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of French Directional 1950s Wall Lights
By Lita
Located in New York, NY
A great original pair of Directional 1950s wall lights composed of a matte black and aged brass body. The head as well as the arm pivots. Rewired.Located in our New York City Chelsea...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Enamel, Steel

Kalmar Mid-Century Modern Round Black Glass Sconces, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Kalmar Mid-Century Modern round black glass sconces, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Mirrored Glass Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of very unusual Mid-Century Modern mirrored glass and gilt metal sconces.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel, Aluminum

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp Set
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp Set
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp Set
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Style Black Gilt Brass Sconces, France, 1960
Located in Sitges, Barcelona
Beautiful pair of single wall lights of the mid-1960s in black painted metal, brass, and white satin opaline shade. The pair is in perfect condition, electrical parts have been re...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Eye Sconce Wall Lamp Set
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Eye Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps ar...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass & Black Enamel Sconces w/ Curvilinear Detailing
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern sconces were realized in France circa 1950. They feature a circular back plate with curvilinear supports in black enamel emanating outwards th...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Enamel

French Mid-Century Modern Style Black Gilt Brass Sconces, 1950
Located in Sitges, Barcelona
Beautiful pair of midcentury French 1950s sconces in brass, black metal painted, and white satin opaline shade. The pair is in a very good condition, electricity has been renewed ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Mid-Century Modern sconces. The sconces are painted black metal frames with frosted glass. Stilnovo style.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern European Wall Sconce Black Attributed to Charlotte Perriand
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration a beautiful vintage European wall sconce attributed to Charlotte Perriand. It requires an E-14 40-watt bulb (not included). Sconce has ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of Mid Century Danish Modern Black Enameled Sconces
Located in New York, NY
A pair of vintage Danish sconces, each with a black enameled "saucer" canopy, frosted white glass shade and copper-tone detailing.
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20th Century Danish Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B205 Wall Sconce Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B205' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. Measures: 33 x 27 x 8 cm The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured usi...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B206 Wall Sconce Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B206' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B205 Wall Sconce Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B205' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B206 Wall Sconce Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B206' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B205 Wall Sconce Lamp Set
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B205' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. Measures: 33 x 27 x 8 cm The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured usi...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B206 Wall Sconce Lamp Set
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall Sconce Lamp model 'B206' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
By Stilnovo, Arredoluce, Sarfatti for Arteluce
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and...

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

1960s Mid-Century Modern Maison Lancel Horse Sconces, a Pair
By Maison Lancel
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of very elegant horse sconces, by Maison Lancel Paris. 1 light, 45 watts per bulb Back plate: 2.3/4 diameter. Shades included. US rewired and in working condition. Have a look o...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Black & Clear Murano Glass Sconces, Venini Style Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of elongated vintage Murano glass sconces, Venini style, Italy 1960s. The Mid-Century Modern wall lights are made of hand blown black & clear Murano glass, and brass mounts. O...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Jules Leleu Bronze Sconces Wall Lights Black & Gold Shades Mid-Century Modern
By Jules Leleu
Located in Miami, FL
Very elegant pair of brass sconces, wall lights in the style of Jules Leleu. The Set is rewired for the US and each sconce takes two 40 watts light bulbs. Sold with black & gold cl...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Bronze

Italian Mid-Century Modern Swing Arm Wall Sconce in Brass and Black Enamel
Located in New York, NY
This stunning wall sconce, realized in Italy, circa 1950, offers a wealth of stunning contrasts in both materials and forms. A black arm curves upwards from an asymmetrically cut bas...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Enamel

Italy Burnished Brass Wall Sconce Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Brescia, IT
Italy burnished brass wall sconce Mid-Century Modern style contemporary production This contemporary wall sconce in typical Mid-Century Modern style is completely made in Italy, wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and...

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Brass

Great Looking Pair of Mid-Century Modern Black Iron Architectural Candle Sconces
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern black iron Frank Lloyd Wright style candle sconces having 3 arms in each.
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Vintage 1960s American Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Sconces of Black Iron Sheets and White Lucite Spain 1960s
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Pair of wall sconces of sensual and modern lines made of black lacquered iron structure composed of sheets and white Lucite screen. Good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron

Mid Century Modern Colorful Swivel Wall Sconce Light Fixture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Adjustable positioning mid century modern light fixture sconce. Blue Orange Green Yellow Pink.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Perforated Jacques Biny Sconces Black, Mid-Century, France, 1950s
By Jacques Biny
Located in New York, NY
Perforated Jacques Biny sconces black, Mid-Century, France, 1950s. Lovely black small-scale Biny sconces. Measures: Diameter 14.5 cm x 5 cm.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

2 Pairs of Italian Mid-Century Modern Sconces Attributed to Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
2 pairs of Italian Mid-Century Modern black enameled metal and brass wall lights attributed to Stilnovo. The black enameled metal reflector is delicately tapered ending in a flared o...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Swing Arm Wall Sconces
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern chrome swing arm wall sconces made in America. U.S. wired and in working condition, accepts one 40W bulb each. Shades not included.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Extendable Cantlivering Polished Nickel Wall Sconce
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern wall sconce was realized in the United States, circa 1970. Composed of polished nickel, the piece offers a rectangular back plate and two arms adjoin...
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Vintage 1970s Wall Lights and Sconces

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Nickel

Otello Rosa San PoloCeramic Mid-Century Modern Sconces, Italy circa 1950
By Otello Rosa, Ceramiche Veneziane
Located in Miami, FL
Otello Rosa San PoloCeramic Mid-Century Modern Sconces, Italy circa 1950 Offered for sale is a pair of ceramic sconces by Ceramiche Veneziane S.r.l. representing Pantalone and Arlec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Brass and Glass Mid-Century Sconces with Black Accents
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century sconces, each composed of two frosted glass cylindrical glass shades mounted on a brass frame with black accents. Each holds four candelabra sockets. C...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Set of Three Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Copper Sconces, 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Set of three extremely rare and highly decorative Mid-Century Modern sconces. Designed & manufactured probably in Scandinavia, 1960s. Executed in partly enameled and perforated co...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Copper

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Conche Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Conche Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Bronze, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Saturn Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sconce wall lamp model 'Saturn Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1957. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Flame Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model 'Flame Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are man...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Flame Wall Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model 'Flame Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are man...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

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Black Midcentury Modern Sconce For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the black midcentury modern sconce you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, brass and aluminum, every black midcentury modern sconce was constructed with great care. Find 1428 options for an antique or vintage black midcentury modern sconce now, or shop our selection of 313 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a black midcentury modern sconce — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right black midcentury modern sconce, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. Serge Mouille, Stilnovo and Charlotte Perriand each produced at least one beautiful black midcentury modern sconce that is worth considering.

How Much is a Black Midcentury Modern Sconce?

Prices for a black midcentury modern sconce can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $102 and can go as high as $49,435, while the average can fetch as much as $2,152.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Wall Lights and Sconces for You

From the kitchen to the bedroom and everywhere in between, there is one major part of home decor that you definitely want to master: lighting. It’s no longer merely practical — carefully selected wall lights and sconces can do wonders in establishing mood and highlighting your distinctive personality.

We’re a long way from the candelabra-inspired chandeliers of the medieval era. Lighting designers have been creating and reinventing lighting solutions for eons. Because of the advancements crafted by these venturesome makers, we now have the opportunity to bring unique, customizable lighting solutions into our homes. It’s never been easier to create dramatic bedrooms, cozy kitchen areas and cheerful bars than it is today. Think of an elegant wall sconce as functional as well as a work of art, adding both light and style to your hallways, whimsical kids’ rooms and elsewhere.

When choosing a lighting solution, first determine what your needs are: Will you opt for a moody or a bright feel? The room that will serve as your home office will need adequate lighting — think “the brighter, the better” for this particular setting. For the bedroom, bedside wall lamps with warm-temperature bulbs could be the way to go to induce a sense of calm or intimacy. Try to match the style of the wall light or sconce that you’re installing to the overall design scheme of your room. It’s never “just a light.” You should approach the lighting of a room with a mindset that is one part practical and one part aesthetics-driven.

Let 1stDibs help you set the mood with the right wall lights and sconces for your home. Our collection includes every kind of fixture, from sculptural works by Austrian craftsman J.T. Kalmar to chic industrial-style wall sconces, from adjustable painted aluminum wall lamps designed by Artemide to a wide variety of minimalist mid-century modern masterpieces.