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Exceptional Murano Glass Table Lamp by Lino Tagliapietra for Effetre 1980s Italy
By Effetre International Company, Lino Tagliapietra
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare, large Mid-Century Modern Murano glass table lamp. Designed by Lino Tagliapietra for Effetre International Company, Italy, 1980s. This table lamp is executed in thi...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Murano Glass

Exceptional Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Table lamp in steel wrapped in hand-decorated leather with abstract geometric design by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.  
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Leather

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  • Exceptional Table Lamp by Karl Springer
H 33 in. W 6.25 in. D 3 in.
Marius-Ernest Sabino Exceptional Table Lamp France 1930
By Marius-Ernest Sabino
Located in Encino, CA
Marius-Ernest Sabino (1878-1961.) Spectacular natural brass table lamp with amazing textured glass globe, France, circa 1930. Wired for US. 60w light bulb enclosed. Excellent con...
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Vintage 1930s French Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Large Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Large ceramic table lamp with hand-applied geometric decoration on a thick Lucite base by Trattoria G., Italy, 1970s (signed on base and side).
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Exceptional Brass Table Lamp, Austria, 1950s
By Carl Auböck
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Exceptional brass table lamp, Austria, 1950s. The lamp comes with E27 Edisonscrew fit bulb holder and original wiring in working condition and run both on 110/230 volt.  
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Hand Painted Exceptional Single Table Lamp
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Funky table lamp made of plaster, raisin and metal, hand painted depicting sport truck with surfboards, parking in the shades of two metal palm tree. Original lampshade included. Th...
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Vintage 1980s American Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Hand Painted Exceptional Single Table Lamp
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  • Hand Painted Exceptional Single Table Lamp
H 31 in. W 18 in. D 12.5 in.
Exceptional Table Lamp by Hanns Hoffmann-Lederer for Heinz Hecht, 1950s, Germany
By Heinz Hecht, Hanns Hoffmann-Lederer
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare, sculptural Mid-Century Modern Lucite table lamp. Designed by Hanns Hoffmann-Lederer in 1950s for Heinz Hecht, Darmstadt, Germany. Executed in red Lucite. The lamp ne...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite

Les Prismatiques Exceptional Lucite Table Lamp, 1970s
By Les Prismatiques
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional table lamp in Lucite with concentric design by Les Prismatiques, American 1970s. Signed on the base of neck “Les Prismatiques”. Measures: Shade W 16 inches, D 16 inche...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Exceptional, Willy Daro Swan Table Lamp, 1970s
By Willy Daro
Located in Hastings, GB
The shell swan is an exceptionally rare and important piece of work made and signed by the pioneering Belgian artist Willy Daro, and dates from the 1970s Comprising a worked brass b...
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20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Swan Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Swan Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Swan Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Swan Table Lamp, 1970s
H 23.23 in. W 16.34 in. D 10.04 in.
Exceptional, Willy Daro Owl Table Lamp, 1970s
By Willy Daro
Located in Hastings, GB
The coral owl lamp is an exceptionally rare and important piece of work made and signed by the pioneering Belgian artist Willy Daro Dating from the 1970s Comprising a body made fro...
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20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Coral, Brass

  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Owl Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Owl Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Owl Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Exceptional, Willy Daro Owl Table Lamp, 1970s
H 20.87 in. W 11.82 in. D 11.82 in.
Set of Two Exceptional Table Lamps by Gino Vistosi for Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi, Gino Vistosi
Located in Munich, DE
Set of two extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern table lamps. Designed by Gino Vistosi for Vistosi, Murano, Italy, 1970s. These identical table lamps are executed in opaline...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Exceptional 1950s Tall Gordon Martz Pottery Table Lamp
By Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Miami, FL
With a warm and organic speckled green/brown glaze and a shaped body with sgrafitto incisions and with a belt of walnut, this exceptional table lamp from Jane & Gordon Martz Marshall...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery, Walnut

Exceptional Traventine Table Lamp with Chrome Accents, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional large table lamp in travertine with vertical chrome accents, Italian 1960s. This lamp is a beautiful combination of materials. Measures: Shade W: 16 inches Shade D: ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Travertine, Chrome

Exceptional Italian Table Lamp in Manner of Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in East Hampton, NY
100% original Italian beauty has been restored to perfection. This has six bulbs for lighting and a beautifully decorated glass diffuser top.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Exceptional Pair of Alabaster Urn Carved 'Medusa' Table Lamps
Located in Chicago, IL
An exceptional pair of alabaster urn-form table lamps featuring central carved medusa on raised platform bases.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Table Lamps

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Alabaster

Exceptional Cute Table Lamp by Ernest Igl for Hillebrand
By Hillebrand, Ernest Igl
Located in Schagen, NL
This petite table or bedside lamp was designed in brass and enameled metal. By it's movable perforated shade the light shines through magically. This rare lamp is Similar with the sm...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Gabriella Crespi Rare and Exceptional Large "Caleidoscopo" Table Lamp, 1974
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in New York, NY
Rare and Exceptional large “Caleidoscopo” (“Kaleidoscope”) table lamp in brushed stainless steel and white plexiglass by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1974 (signed "Gabriella Crespi" on sh...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Exceptional Neoclassical Urn Table Lamps White Mahogany & Bronze Mexico 1940s
By Roberto and Mito Block
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Exceptional Pair of Neoclassical Urn Table Lamps in Elegant White Solid Mahogany with Brass and Bronze detailing. Mexico circa 1940s. Attributed to Roberto and Mi...
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Vintage 1940s Mexican Neoclassical Revival Table Lamps

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Brass, Bronze

Exceptional Natural Shagreen and Macassar Karl Springer Style Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
Large rectangular lamp exceptionally crafted in the style of Karl Springer. Parchment shade included (some wear).
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Late 20th Century American Table Lamps

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Shagreen, Macassar

EXCEPTIONAL BARBIDIENNE BRONZE URN AS LAMP
Located in New Orleans, LA
Early 19th century cast bronze urn now wired as lamp and silk shade
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Antique 19th Century French Table Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

Exceptionally Large Midcentury Table Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and elegant large midcentury table light, the design is so sexy, the picture speak for itself.<br /> <br /> We have over three thousand antique sconces and over one thous...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Exceptional Bauhaus Bankers Table Lamp with Original Green Glass, 1930s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Rare and elegant Bauhaus / Modernist bankers table lamp or desk light. Adjustable arm and shade. Designed and manufactured, in 1930s, Germany. Interrupter on the base. Executed in n...
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Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Karl Springer Exceptional Pair of Table Lamps in Gunmetal and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional table lamps in gunmetal and solid gold-tinted brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The meticulous craftsmanship and superior materials used in these lamps are...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Minimalistic Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp or Desk Light, 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare, minimalistic Mid-Century Modern table lamp or desk light. Manufactured probably in Italy in 1960s/1970s. Executed in steel tube and sheet, the lamp needs 1 x E27 / E...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Cobra Table Lamp by Maison Jansen, France, 1970s
By Maison Jansen
Located in Munich, DE
Extraordinary and amazing Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp. Designed and manufactured probably by Maison Jansen, France, 1970s. Executed in massive brass, tube and silk/fabric sh...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Brass Table Lamp by Florian Schulz Germany 1970s
By Florian Schulz
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional and elegant Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp. Designed and manufactured by Florian Schulz, 1970s, Germany. Executed in massive brass sheet and tube, the lamp comes w...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Karl Springer Exceptional Pair of Table Lamps in Bronze Covered in Boa, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional table lamps in bronze covered in exotic white boa by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. Lamps like these are pure art. Springer used unique materials and the finest...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Exceptional Large 1960s Full Brass Table or Floor Lamp with 4 Glass Balls
Located in München, DE
Exceptional large 1960s full brass table or floor lamp. Massive lampshades made of 4 heavy glass spheres with abstract circle pattern. Great minimalistic design with many details a...
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Vintage 1960s German Space Age Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Textured Glass Globe Table or Floor Lamp, 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare, large and decorative Mid-Century Modern globe table or floor lamp. The lamp consists of two half globes: the upper side is of textured glass, the bottom chrome-plated...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Set of Two Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Bamboo Table Lamps, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two Mid-Century Modern elegant Hollywood Regency style ceramic table lamps with hand painted bamboo leaf or botanical motif over a gloss white glaze. Lampshade not included. Each ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Set of Two Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamps, 1960s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Set of two exceptional, elegant and large Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamps. Designed and manufactured probably in 1960s, Germany. Executed in ice-blue color glazed ceramic, br...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Vintage Wallpaper Roller Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning pair of large-scale vintage wallpaper rollers as lamps, circa 1940. Heavy hardwood cylinder form decorated with solid brass motifs. Accents of lacquered steel and brass. E...
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Vintage 1940s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Exceptional Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp with Ice Glass Shade, 1950s, Italy
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern table lamp with thick textured glass shades. In the Style of Pietro Chiesa / Fontana Arte. Designed and manufactured probably in Italy, ...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Blanc de Chine Lamps
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Truly exceptional blanc de chine lamps with painted wood base and mounts in the manner of William Haines and Paul Laszlo. Large scale with fine detailing. Custom shades included. Fit...
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20th Century Unknown Table Lamps

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Porcelain, Wood

Exceptional and Large Table Lamp by Andre Ricard for Metalarte, Spain, 1967
By André Ricard, Metalarte Spain
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and large table lamp with rotating plexiglass globe lamp shade. Designed by André Ricard in 1967 for Metalarte, Spain. Makers mark to the arms. The lamp shade consis...
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

Exceptional Oak and Patinated Brass Modernist Lamps, Pair
Located in East Hampton, NY
These natural yet modern patinated brass lamps have been rewired with silk cable and new double cluster sockets. They are very organic!
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Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Ceramic Lamp by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg
By Bengt Berglund, Gustavsberg
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual and large ceramic lamp by Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg. Large ceramic base sits on a wood stand, with a long neck and double pull chain socket. Completely unique to the ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Wood

Exceptional and Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Pitt Müller 1950s Germany
By Pitt Müller
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and large Mid-Century Modern table lamp. Designed and manufactured by Pitt Müller, Vilich bei Bonn, 1950s, Germany. Executed in patinated brass and parchment paper,...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Modernist Banker Desk Light or Table Lamp by George Kovacs USA 1980s
By George Kovacs
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare, big Mid-Century Modern banker desk light or table lamp. Designed and manufactured by George Kovacs, 1980s, USA. Executed in partly enameled brass. The lamp needs 2 x...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Bitossi Italian Multi-Color Ceramic Lamps
By Bitossi
Located in East Hampton, NY
An Italian textured S graffito large-scale ceramic lamps produced in the 1960s by Bitossi.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Exceptional Fractale Resin, Ivory and Amethyst Pair of Lamps
By Glustin Creation
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Unique pair of lamps made of bronze feet holding a massive red fractale body incrusted with ivory and decorated with amethyst. Glustin Luminaires creation.
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2010s French Modern Table Lamps

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Amethyst

Exceptional Porcelain Lamp with Original Oil Burner, circa 1900
Located in CH
Exceptional porcelain lamp with original oil burner, bronze fitting and engraved opaline glass ball. Hand-painted floral designs on a pale blue background. Very elegant lamp in great...
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Early 20th Century French Table Lamps

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Porcelain, Opaline Glass

Exceptional Pair of Blown Glass Lamps in Caramel and Cream
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning pair of Eastern European blown glass vessels as custom-made lamps. Fabulous form and scale in tones of Caramel and cream. Exceptional weight, quality and craftsmanship. Ex...
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1990s Polish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Restored Amber Glass Lamps by Kosta Boda
By Kosta Boda
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fabulous pair of amber colored solid glass lamps by Kosta Boda, circa 1980. Heavy, beautifully made pieces. Exceptional jewelry! Excellent restored condition. Rewired using amber t...
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Cast Urn Lamps with Elephant Head Detail
Located in Atlanta, GA
A striking pair cast urn lamps. Solid brass with beautiful relief and detail with solid brass accents. Bronze finish applied and then distressed, revealing brass highlights hidden ...
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF FAMILLE VERT VASE MOUNTED AND AS LAMPS
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of 18th C Famille Vert chinese lamps with french gilt bronze mounts now as lamps with silk shades
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Exceptional and Decorative Set of Four Art Deco Candlestick Lamps, 1930s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Exceptional and decorative set of 4 Art Deco candlestick lamps, France, 1930s. Close to the work of Gilbert Poillerat. Bronze base patinated green with 8 gilt balls. Wood candle pain...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Bronze

Exceptional Pair of Restored Italian Ceramic Lamps in Turquoise, circa 1960
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lamps have been professionally restored and are shipped as photographed and described, complete with new shades, harps and finials. A fabulous pair of large-scal...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Yellow Ochre and Caramel Ceramic Lamps, circa 1970
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lamps have been professionally restored and are shipped as photographed and described, complete with new shades, harps and finials. A fabulous pair of large-scale ...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Large-Scale Vintage Textural Ceramic Vessels as Custom Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lamps are shipped as photographed and described in the narrative. They are custom built using materials of the highest quality and are shipped complete with the new...
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Vintage 1980s Unknown Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Karl Springer Fluted Gold Venetian Vases Lamps Lucite Bases
By Karl Springer
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair of large and exceptional pair of fluted vases lamps on Lucite bases, done in a light Venetian gold leaf by Karl Springer, American, 1980s picture of original tag Ana...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Edwardian Silver Plate Corinthian Fluted Column Lamps of Exceptional Qua
Located in London, by appointment only
Pair of turn of the century silver plate Corinthian column lamps of exceptional quality. Retaining their original surface, these lamps have been hardly touched in 100 years. They are...
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Early 20th Century English Edwardian Table Lamps

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Silver Plate

Pair of Exceptional Matching Napoleon III Lamps from the 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of exceptional matching Napoleon III lamps from the 19th century of two putti in bronze doré on an onyx base.  
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Antique 1860s French Napoleon III Table Lamps

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Bronze, Bronze

Exceptional Pair of Italian Granite Style Blown Glass Vases as Custom Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stellar pair of blown glass vases, circa 1980, as newly made custom-made lamps. Heavy, beautiful form that demonstrate a Granite-like quality. Custom built using components of only...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of Ceramic Lamps in Apple Green, Robins Egg and Caramel
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fabulous pair of vintage ceramic lamps, circa 1970. Drip style executed in an exquisite color composition of apple green, Robins egg blue and caramel. Solid brass two step base. St...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional Pair of 19th Century Gilt Bronze and Enamel Candelabra
Located in New York, NY
An Exceptional Pair of Late 19th Century Napoleon III Gilt Bronze and Enamel Ten Light Candelabra Attributed to Maison Beurdeley The ten candle foliate designed branches with l...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Table Lamps

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Bronze, Enamel

Good Size and Exceptional Design Italian Murano Glass Art Table Lamp, 1980s
By Lavorazione Arte Murano
Located in Lisse, NL
Mint condition and all handcrafted glass table lamp. Made in Venice, Italy. If you are looking for an exclusive and very stylish table lamp for yourself or a loved one then this ava...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

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Brass

Maison Le Dauphin France, Vintage Pair of Exceptional Sphinx Table Lamps
By Maison Le Dauphin
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Maison Le Dauphin France vintage exceptional pair of sphinx table lamps marble and gold-plated metal pieces. This set consists of two table lamps produced by La Maison, Le Dauphin. T...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cast Stone, Marble, Gold Plate

Exceptional Murano Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Archimede Seguso
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Murano glass table lamp having four stacked glass cube elements (5 inch each) which constitute the vertical stem, on a stepped wood base. Probably the best Italian glass tab...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

  • Exceptional Murano Table Lamp
  • Exceptional Murano Table Lamp
  • Exceptional Murano Table Lamp
  • Exceptional Murano Table Lamp
H 38.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Exceptional Smoked Lucite Tower Table Lamps Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Miami, FL
SOLD Significant, very modern and architectural, this pair of towering table lamps or floor lamps in smoked acrylic or lucite stand tall at 36" high on square black wood bases and h...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic, Wood

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Exceptional Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal exceptional table lamp for your home. An exceptional table lamp — often made from metal, brass and glass — can elevate any home. Find 180 options for an antique or vintage exceptional table lamp now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the exceptional table lamp you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. An exceptional table lamp made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one exceptional table lamp that is appealing in its simplicity, but Karl Springer, Seguso Vetri d'Arte and Bitossi produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Exceptional Table Lamp?

Prices for an exceptional table lamp can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $100 and can go as high as $60,000, while the average can fetch as much as $4,188.

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 vibrant but classic Tiffany lamp or even a bold avant-garde lamp custom-made by a contemporary design firm, the right table lamp can completely transform a room. Find the perfect one on 1stDibs.