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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

Mid Century Modern, Italian Large Desk, cons or entrance table by Roberto Poggi
Located in London, GB
Large desk, console or entrance table in walnut and mahogany. The legs are walnut and the top mahogany with a walnut banding. Designed by Roberto Poggi. This model did not go into ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Console Tables

Materials

Wood

Hillebrand UFO Midcentury Table Desk Lamp, 1960s, Germany
By Hillebrand, Heinz Pfaender
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic midcentury desk lamp designed by Heinz G. Pfaender in the late 1960s for "Leuchtfabrik Hillebrand". Heavy table lamp with chrome handle and a dark chocolate shade provides a s...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Bespoke Brutalist Meets Japan Desk, Antique Hardwood Slab, by P. Tendercool
By Pieter Compernol & Stephanie Grusenmeyer
Located in Bangkok, TH
This table was commissioned by a business leader in Malaysia, for his wine cellar. The client selected a rare and antique hardwood slab from our collection. The top is at least a hun...
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2010s Thai Brutalist Console Tables

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Hardwood, Reclaimed Wood

Bespoke Brutalist Meets Japan Desk, Antique Hardwood Slab, by P. Tendercool
By Pieter Compernol & Stephanie Grusenmeyer
Located in Bangkok, TH
In Stock from our gallery floor This is our very first 100% in-house designed and created Table, or desk, or console. While we are known for mounting our creations on sand-cast Bron...
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2010s Thai Brutalist Console Tables

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Reclaimed Wood, Hardwood

20th Century Industrial Design Adjustable Table Desk Lamp by Luxo, 1980s
By Luxo
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Industrial Design Adjustable Table Desk Lamp by Luxo, 1980s. Perfect for your bedside table or your desk. Metal lamp in white color. Fluorescent light. It is possible to move the bod...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Postmodern Halogen Desk Table Lamp by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs, 1980s
By Robert Sonneman, Ettore Sottsass, George Kovacs
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Postmodern desk or bankers lamp by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs from the 1980s. Born from the idea of Ettore Sottsass and his Memphis Group in the early eighties, the de...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass "Rose" Table Desk Light Cenedese Vetri 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s Description: This fantastic vintage table ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Large Opaline Murano Glass Table Desk Light Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designed ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Desk Lamp by Achille Castiglioni & Flos, Italy
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Paris, FR
Desk lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1980 and edited by Flos (Italy). The name comes from a game in Lombard language which consists in diverting the sunbeams with a mirror. S...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

Desk Lamp by Paavo Tynell for Taito, 1950
By Paavo Tynell, Taito Oy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful early desk lamp model 5305 by Paavo Tynell for Taito, Finland, with a large articulate crème colored enameled shade and base, the shade is partially perforated and the bras...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Set of Two 1970s Italian Modern Brass, Lucite Desk Lamps
By Arredoluce
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two Lucite desk lamps with brass elements by Arredeluce, Italy, 1970s. A beautiful set of desk lamps with reaching halogen light to read your paper or book through the reach...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Beautifully Hand Carved Midcentury Nesting Birds Alabaster Table or Desk Lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
Excellent condition sculptural alabaster table lamp from the 1950s. This highly decorative and practical size table lamp is the type of applied arts that really lifts your spirit. T...
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Mid-20th Century French Romantic Candle Lamps

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Alabaster

Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
By Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand-sculpted brass Desk by Misaya Dimensions: 71 x 114 x 72 cm. Material: Hand-sculpted brass Sold without the glass top.  
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Console Tables

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Brass

  • Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
  • Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
  • Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
  • Hand-Sculpted Brass Desk, Misaya
H 27.96 in. W 44.89 in. D 28.35 in.
Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Woodbury, CT
This diminutive little lap desk was the ultimate in desk portability in its day. Made in beautifully grained walnut and strengthened by brass straps and corner mounts, it conceals a ...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian End Tables

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Brass

  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
H 22 in. W 13.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Organically Stylish Midcentury Era Mother Nature Table Lamp / Desk lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
Artistic and beautifully handcrafted table lamp. If you are a sea life or sea diving enthousiast or if you are an interior designer decorating a home or business with a maritime the...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stone

Iconic Bauhaus Desk Lamp
By Franta (Frantisek) Anýž
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction nickel-plated with a diffusor from the late 1930s attributed to Franta Anzy or Pavel Smetana. Fitted with one E27 socket and toggle switch, original working condi...
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Vintage 1930s Czech Bauhaus Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

  • Iconic Bauhaus Desk Lamp
  • Iconic Bauhaus Desk Lamp
  • Iconic Bauhaus Desk Lamp
  • Iconic Bauhaus Desk Lamp
H 16.93 in. W 11.82 in. D 12.6 in.
Crystal Ball Table or Desk Lamp on Metal Base After Jacques Adnet
Located in London, GB
A crystal ball table or desk lamp with a nickel circular base, after a design by Jacques Adnet. The crystal ball swivels on the nickel base, sitting in a central leather lined hollow...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Table Lamps

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Crystal

Italian Counterbalance Desk Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian brass desk lamp with heavy brass counterbalance weight and pivoting black cone shade that lights up and down. Newly produced in Italy and wired to American standards. Also av...
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2010s Italian Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

  • Italian Counterbalance Desk Lamp
  • Italian Counterbalance Desk Lamp
  • Italian Counterbalance Desk Lamp
  • Italian Counterbalance Desk Lamp
H 46 in. W 8 in. D 7 in.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass Model B195/2 Table / Desk Lamp, Sweden, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in London, GB
Hans-Agne Jakobsson model B195/2 table / desk lamp, Sweden, 1960s. Good vintage condition with signs of use and wear relative to age. Makers label attached. In working condition with...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Taking the planet as inspiration, this desk lamp is a unique source of light, comparable to an eclipse. At the time, it was a revolutionary piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass sw...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

  • Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
H 16 in. W 16 in. D 15 in.
Early 20th Century Hand Carved Wooden Black Forest Owl in Tree Table / Desk Lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and truly stylish Black Forest table lamp. With this rare owl table lamp you can create a very nice atmosphere on your desk or on a table in a corner of a room. This fine exam...
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Early 20th Century German Black Forest Table Lamps

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Wood

Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Clamp desk lamp. At 36 inches at its highest, these lamps may affix to many surfaces providing direct lighting where it is needed. The entire collection of licensed Serge Mouille ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

  • Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
H 36 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Early 20th Century Art Deco Hand Carved Wooden Seal, Sea Lion Table or Desk Lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
With the holiday season on our doorstep we are offering a number of season related items, but also many smaller and lower priced art and antiques that will make great gifts for yours...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Table Lamps

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Wood

Dorwin Teague & Giudice, Rare Polaroid Modern Desk Lamp
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Paris, FR
Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960) & Frank Del Giudice (1917-1993) Desk Lamp, Model 114, designed in 1939 for the Polaroid Corporation Bakelite and Aluminium Labeled still present o...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Industrial Desk Lamp, Cast Iron and Steel Adjustable
By Get Back, Inc.
Located in Oakville, CT
Table task lamp, cast iron and steel American adjustable desk light, vintage Industrial. Base diameter measures 6", shade diameter measures 3 1/2". Adjustable arm measures 15 1/2". C...
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2010s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Iron, Enamel, Steel

Industrial Desk Lamp - Cast Iron and Steel Adjustable
Located in Oakville, CT
Table task lamp, cast iron and steel American adjustable desk light, vintage Industrial. Base diameter measures 6", shade diameter measures 3 1/2". Adjustable arm measures 15 1/2". C...
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2010s American Industrial Table Lamps

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Iron, Enamel, Steel

Pair of Fase Mid-Century Modern Adjustable Desk Lamps, Spain
By Fase
Located in Nantucket, MA
Pair of Fase (from Madrid), Mid-Century Modern chrome and enameled black metal desk lamps from a ship's stateroom. The shade is adjustable to tilt to any preferred angle. Just the sh...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Kaiser Idell by Christian Dell Model 6631 President Desk Lamp
By Christian Dell, Kaiser Idell
Located in Vienna, AT
Christian Dell, table lamp, model Kaiser Idell 6631 Luxury. Made of steel and brass. Screen lacquered in black high gloss, foot and arm chromed steel. H. 42.5 cm, Ø 28.5 cm. Traces o...
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Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

One of 2 German Vintage Adjustable Solid Brass Desk Lamp by Florian Schulz 1960s
By Florian Schulz
Located in Berlin, DE
One of two minimalist brushed brass table light in the style of koch & lowy. Florian Schulz, Germany, 1960s-1970s. Lamp sockets: One x E27 (US E26).
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Baker Furniture White Lacquered Small Writing Desk or Entry Table, Refinished
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional small writing desk or entry table By Baker Furniture Milling Road "West Indies" Collection USA, 1990s White lacquer over solid carved mahogany. Measures: 3...
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1990s American British Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Lacquer

Jens Risom Compact Entry Writing Desk Dining Table in Walnut & Formica 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in National City, CA
By modernist designer Jens Risom of Denmark: Scandinavian floating walnut writing table entry desk Midcentury period 1950s Wonderful compact size ideal for narrow dining table option...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Walnut

Walnut Entry or Library Table Shagreen / Walnut in the style of Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A walnut topped entry or library or sofa table with shagreen or sharkskin base having turned lower leg area in the manner of Karl Springer. Heavy and well crafted with dark olive gre...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Vanity Table in Powder Coated Wood with Integrated Bowl, Desk or Entry Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Inspired by melting snow and icicles, this small vanity table easily fits into the corner of most bedrooms. The shiny table surface incorporates a bowl for holding cosmetics. It can ...
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2010s American Tables

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Wood

Style Florence Knoll Walnut Small Side Table Entry Desk Adjustable Chrome Base
By George Nelson, Florence Knoll, Herman Miller
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Striking Small Walnut Side Table or entryway Desk features adjustable Modern Chrome Star Base in the Style of Florence Knoll and manner of George Nelson for Herman...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Chrome

Elmwood Console Table or Desk
Located in Greenwich, CT
Elmwood console table or desk, framed top with plain apron with straight legs.
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Console Tables

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Wood

  • Elmwood Console Table or Desk
  • Elmwood Console Table or Desk
  • Elmwood Console Table or Desk
  • Elmwood Console Table or Desk
H 32 in. W 46 in. D 23 in.
Midcentury Italian Console Table or Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern hall table features two large drawers with unusual metal pulls. A lovely two-tone design that is sure to make a lasting impression in any setting. This v...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Formica

  • Midcentury Italian Console Table or Desk
  • Midcentury Italian Console Table or Desk
  • Midcentury Italian Console Table or Desk
  • Midcentury Italian Console Table or Desk
H 28.5 in. W 72 in. D 18 in.
French Small Desk or End Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Very unusual antique French “open barley twist” leg and stretcher small table, that could be used as a lady’s desk, end or side table and of course a nightstand. Our Old Plank worksh...
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Antique 1870s French Louis XIII End Tables

  • French Small Desk or End Table
  • French Small Desk or End Table
  • French Small Desk or End Table
  • French Small Desk or End Table
H 29.5 in. W 40 in. D 25.75 in.
Desk Entrance Tables with Metal Bottom Legs, End Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Desk Entrance Tables / End tables with Metal Bottom Legs in white lacquer. Attributed to Karl Springer.
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20th Century North American End Tables

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Wood

Intricately Carved 19th C. Ebonized Desk Table
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Rare and spectacular desk intricately carved with geometric designs. Pull-out extension system. X-shape stretcher. Each corner is adorned with a beautifully carved tassel. Leather...
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Antique 19th Century Console Tables

  • Intricately Carved 19th C. Ebonized Desk Table
  • Intricately Carved 19th C. Ebonized Desk Table
  • Intricately Carved 19th C. Ebonized Desk Table
  • Intricately Carved 19th C. Ebonized Desk Table
H 29.53 in. W 53.15 in. D 29.53 in.
Contemporary Walnut Table for Console, Dining, or Desk
Located in San Francisco, CA
Contemporary walnut table for console dining or desk Great dimensions for smaller dining spaces This will also make a fine desk or console table Dimensions 56" long x 24" wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Console Tables

Materials

Walnut

Federal Mahogany Inlay Drop Leaf Console Table Desk
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant double pedestal mahogany console table featuring satinwood inlay on top with brass hardware and brass castors. Features two drawers in front with two faux drawers in back. Ve...
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Vintage 1950s American Federal Console Tables

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Mahogany

Glass Console Table Desk by Gallotti & Radice Milano, Italy
By Gallotti & Radice
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Large glass console table by Gallotti & Radice Italy, circa 1970. The Console comes in two parts. Very good condition without any damages. Dimensions: Height: 28.34 in. (72 cm) ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Console Tables

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Glass

Vintage Campaign Style Medical Dental Field Desk End Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A rare Campaign style WWII US Army Medical field desk trunk made by the American Cabinet Company that says Dental Instrument desk operating on the top. It has a fabulous industrial m...
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Vintage 1940s American Industrial End Tables

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Maison Jansen Console Table or Desk, France, circa 1963
By Maison Jansen
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Maison Jansen console table or desk, France, circa 1963. Classic Minimalist structure made of brass, brushed steel and black glass, purchased from the Jansen department store, Paris,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Spanish 18th Century Walnut Reflectoire Table or Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
An outstanding 18th century Reflectoire table or desk from the Catalan region of Spain. Masterly constructed from walnut with a stunning solid board top. Wonderful patina.... This ta...
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Antique Late 18th Century Spanish Console Tables

Materials

Walnut

Very Elegant Glossy Wood Console Table or Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful oblong console table in gorgeous glossy mahogany with triangular inlay work on top, a single drawer, brass banding, elegant turned legs and pretty brass caps on the paw feet.
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Vintage 1950s English Sheraton Console Tables

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Mahogany

Vintage Reclaimed Wood Waterfall Elm Wood Console Table or Desk
Located in Brea, CA
Reclaimed elm wood console table Made from vintage reclaimed elm wood. Beautiful antique patina, with weathering and age, these are solid and sturdy ready for daily use, use as a en...
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20th Century Console Tables

Materials

Elm

1930s Art Deco Metal and Leather Console Table or Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous Art Deco console table from the 1930s that can also function as desk. Beautiful metal legs and drawer pulls, covered in leather.
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Vintage 1930s German Art Deco Console Tables

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Metal

Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" Desk / Console Table for Brown Saltman
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Laszlo "Basket Weave" desk / console table for Brown Saltman.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Oak

Tommy Parzinger Charak Modern Small Desk Writing Table Console
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern solid mahogany writing table entry console table desk. All solid mahogany construction. Pull-out desk top with small secret compartment. Dark chocolate near eboniz...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Brass

Antique French Barley Twist Oak Ladies Writing Desk, End Table or Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French barley twist side table, end table or small ladies writing desk with a drawer. Made in France from white oak, around the late 1800’s and remains largely unrestored. St...
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Antique 1890s French Country End Tables

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Oak

Gorgeous Lacquered Birdseye Burl and Brass Console Table or Desk
By Milo Baughman
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Gorgeous high gloss lacquered birds eye burl wood console table with inlay brass detail. Beautiful wood grain with a burgundy tint, Circa 1970's. Not signed or marked by maker.  
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Wood

Antique Italian Solid Oak Library Trestle Table or Writing Desk
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Italian solid oak writing desk or library table Italy, late 18th century Measures: 68.88" W x 28.88" D x 30.38" H. Knee clearance: 28.38" H. Good orig...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Baroque Console Tables

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Oak

Art Deco Inlaid Desk or Wall Console Table, circa 1930s
Located in Bernville, PA
Extremely rare American Art Deco desk or wall console. This incredible desk has reverse wood inlays on different planes. Very unusual woods from curly maple to the characteristics of...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Console Tables

Materials

Maple

Transitional Modern Black Turned Writing Desk or Library Console Table
Located in Dayton, OH
Transitional Modern black turned writing desk or library console table. Transitional or modern desk or library table. Finished in black with bulbous turned front legs and streamli...
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Late 20th Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Hardwood, Glass

Italian Console Table or Vanity Desk, Oak, Glass Top, 1940s
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian console table or vanity desk, oak, glass top, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Wood

Vintage Maitland Smith White Tessellated Marble Scroll Desk/Console Table
By Maitland Smith
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant desk/console table designed & made by Maitland-Smith in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Its simple, clean lines the scroll top table consists of white tessellated marble arranged...
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Vintage 1970s Philippine Art Deco Console Tables

Materials

Stone, Brass

Moderne Desk Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A midcentury Danish modern walnut desk lamp with stylized body and base with inset metal. Measurements: Height 19" Width 12.5" Base 5" x 6.5".
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

Materials

Wood

  • Moderne Desk Table Lamp
  • Moderne Desk Table Lamp
  • Moderne Desk Table Lamp
  • Moderne Desk Table Lamp
H 9 in. W 12.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Milo Baughman for Directional Desk Annex Console Table, USA, 1960s
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Milo Baughman desk annex console table, with a free standing chest of drawers on wheels, for Directional Furniture. Without the cube with the drawers, the table can also function...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Walnut

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Entry Desk Table For Sale on 1stDibs

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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 creative 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 for your living room, 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.