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Orrefors Set of Green, Large Table Lamps RD-1323 by Carl Fagerlund
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian modern pair of Orrefors RD 1323 dark green cased crystal glass table lamps. Heavy glass bases with undulating shape. Model RD1323 was designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orre...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Passy Primo Table Lamp, Large Model
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This lamp was scaled to work perfectly as a desk lamp, bedside lamps, or on an end tables. The soft light which is diffused by the acrylic shade is accented by the reflection from t...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

  • Passy Primo Table Lamp, Large Model
  • Passy Primo Table Lamp, Large Model
  • Passy Primo Table Lamp, Large Model
  • Passy Primo Table Lamp, Large Model
H 18 in. W 16 in. D 9 in.
1 of 2 Large Murano Smoked Glass Table lamp by Kalmar, Austria, 1970s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning Murano glass table lamp by Kalmar, 1970s Smoked swirl Murano glass, clear twisted crystal glass panels with a light goldish amber-colored stripe in it. It needs 3 x E27 sta...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Large Gordon and Jane Martz Walnut and Ceramic Table Lamp with Finial
By Gordon Martz, Marshall Studios
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large Martz for Marshall Studios table lamp features a pale grey body with banded sgraffito decoration, exposing the unglazed surface beneath. This example showcases the rich wa...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Large Pair of Gold Glass Lamps by Flygsfors, Sweden, 1970
By Flygsfors
Located in Bronx, NY
Outstanding large pair of gold glass cased table lamps by Flygsfors, Sweden, 1970.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

New Old Stock, Large Opaline Murano Glass Table Desk Light Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Cenedese, Gino 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

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Metal

Large Stoneware Table Lamp by Soholm, 1960s, Beautiful Striped Lamp Stand
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Large stoneware table lamp by Søholm, Denmark in the 1960s, beautiful striped beige lamp stand with large vintage shade included, in excellent vintage condition. This intriguing a...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware

Large Stoneware Table Lamp by Axella Design, 1970s, Danish Modern Table Light
By Axella Stentøj
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Large stoneware table lamp, No. 964 by Axella design in the 1970s - beautiful large ceramic lamp stand with vintage crème-white shade included, all in excellent vintage condition! ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware

PH 80 Large Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1974
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
PH 80, large table lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1974 - gorgeous Danish Modern opal table light in RARE excellent vintage condition. A very appealing shaped table l...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by SIS, 19760s, Germany
By SIS
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern table lamp by SIS, 1960s, Germany. Executed in polished aluminium sheet and nickel-plated steel tube. The lamp needs 2 x E27 Edison screw fit bulbs, is wi...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

Passy Table Lamp, Large by Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury inspired table lamp. The brass shade creates a nice indirect lighting source with a soft down light and a small up light. The structure has an enamel finish. The light use...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Large Midcentury Daum Nancy Art Crystal Glass Table Lamp, 1950s, France
By Daum
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful midcentury table light made of hand blown organic-formed clear crystal glass by Michel Daum in Nancy, France. The lamp is in fully working tested rewired excellent conditio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

VP Europa, Large Table Lamp, Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen, 1977, Extremely Rare
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
VP Europa, large table lamp by Verner Panton in 1977 and produced by Louis Poulsen the following year, extremely rare opal and chrome table light. If you are looking for grade A, ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

VP Europa, Rare Large Table Lamp by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen in 1977
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
VP Europa, large table lamp by Verner Panton in 1977 and produced by Louis Poulsen the following year - rare opal and chrome table light. If you are looking for grade A, top-tier,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Large Midcentury Table Lamp by Willy Rizzo for Lumica, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
Large midcentury table lamp by Willy Rizzo for Lumica, 1970s. Lamp in gold and chrome metal. New black lampshade with gold interior.
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Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large Mid Century Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A large circa 1950's Danish ceramic table lamp with wave pattern on body. Measurements: Height of body: 25" Height to shade rest: 34" Diameter: 12".
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Vintage 1950s Danish Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Mid Century Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Circa 1950's Italian yellow glazed porcelain table lamp. Measurements: Height of body: 20" Diameter: 9.75".
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Vintage 1950s Table Lamps

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Porcelain

  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp
H 20 in. Dm 9.75 in.
Large Mid Century Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of circa 1950's Italian two-tone glazed porcelain table lamps with blue and green hues. Measurements: Height of body: 24.5" Height to shade rest: 34" Diameter at widest: 9"
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid Century Table Lamp, 1970s
By Stefan Tabery, Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí, Ivan Jakes
Located in Praha, CZ
- very rare type / colored - marked by label - nice style of lighting.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Large Mid Century Table Lamp, 1970s
H 10.24 in. Dm 10.24 in.
Large Midcentury Table Lamp, Napako, 1960s
By Josef Hurka, Napako
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very rare type - Probably prototype Napako designed by Josef Hurka.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Large Midcentury Table Lamp, Napako, 1960s
  • Large Midcentury Table Lamp, Napako, 1960s
  • Large Midcentury Table Lamp, Napako, 1960s
  • Large Midcentury Table Lamp, Napako, 1960s
H 16.54 in. W 13.78 in. D 5.52 in.
Pair of Large Mid Century Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of circa 1950's Italian porcelain table lamps. Measurements: Height of body: 23" Height to shade rest: 32" Diameter: 8".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Large Midcentury Table Lamp by Willy Rizzo for Lumica, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, BD Lumica
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Extraordinary and large midcentury central table lamp from 1970s. This piece is Willy Rizzo designed and crafted during the 1970s in Barcelona by “BD Lumica”. “BD Lumica” original l...
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Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Extra Large Mid Century Table Lamp Copper Cylinder Drum Form by George Kovacs
By Kovacs, George Kovacs, Curtis Jere
Located in Framingham, MA
Massive copper plated cylinder table lamp by George Kovacs. This lamp is huge - definitely a statement piece. The copper base is 24" tall x 10" in diameter. It came with a short 3.5"...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Copper

Large Midcentury Table Lamp from 1970s by Willy Rizzo for Lumica, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, BD Lumica
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Elegant, charming and large midcentury individual table lamp by Willy Rizzo. This piece is Willy Rizzo designed and crafted during the 1970s in Barcelona by “BD Lumica”. The name of...
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Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large French Midcentury Chrome Table Lamp, Late 1960s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Large midcentury table lamp, France, 1960s. Chrome metal, brushed aluminium and fabric. Original lampshade. Full height 91cm - 35.8 inches; Full diameter 45cm - 17.7 inches. Conditio...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Large Mid Century Modeline / Keal / Pearsall Styled Table Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A larger sized mid century table lamp with pleated linen shade and round walnut base having a turn switch to the backside , the top has a round walnut piece with a opaque plastic def...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Linen, Walnut

Large Frosted Glass Lucite Brass Bauer Vase Table Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
By Bauer Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large 36" tall vase shape Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Bauer.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Danish Modern, Sculpted Teak and Brass Table Lamp by Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very Unique and Large Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Teak and Brass Table Lamp with Original Woven Shade by Modeline.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Large Turquoise Ceramic Table Lamp by Marbro, Italy, 1960s
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Stunning ceramic table lamp by Marbro Lamp Co. The beautiful turquoise glazed ceramic base is Italian and marked on the bottom, professionally rewired with three way socket, original...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful white and grey round ceramic table lamp sitting at 37.5" Height (with shade) x 18" Diameter. Lamp shade included.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp
H 37.5 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Mid-Century Modern Large Scale Walnut & Brass Lamp Attributed to Laurel Lamp Mfg
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern large scale walnut and brass table lamp which has been attributed to Laurel Lamp Mfg. Co. It is in wonderful overall vintage condition. Its original socke...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Yellow Table Lamp
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel construction yellow lacquered from the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Large Mid-Century Yellow Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Yellow Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Yellow Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Yellow Table Lamp
H 27.56 in. W 7.88 in. D 15.75 in.
Large Mid Century Porcelain Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A large circa 1960's single Italian textured and glazed porcelain lamp with wooden base. Measurements: Height of body: 23" Diameter: 9".
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Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Large Mid Century Green Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1950's single glazed green porcelain table lamp with silver tone base. Measurements: Height of body: 27" Height to shade rest: 37" Diameter: 6"
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Vintage 1950s Table Lamps

Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
Located in Esperance, NY
Large mid-century ceramic white table lamp.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
H 40.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Leather Large Belgium Mid-Century Table Lamp
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A leather table lamp. Belgium, c1970s. Originally shade retained but could be a lot more current without it. Re-wired and PAT tested. Delivery price would be cheaper ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Table Lamps

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Leather

Large Mid Century Textured Drip Glaze Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Unusual graphic black and white glazed table lamp, on turned wood base. This stunning example is in very good, original, clean and working condition. The black and white color way ma...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Large Rembrandt Table Lamps
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large Rembrandt table lamps with an orange abstract pattern and round brass base. Measures: 39.5 height, base is 7 in diameter.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Large American Mid-Century Modern Blonde Wood and Chrome Console Lamps
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Port Hope, ON
This impressive pair of large American Mid-Century Modern blonde wood and chrome console lamps feature a stunning geometric design and a quality of workmanship that bears all the hal...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Large Majestic Table Lamp, All Original
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Kansas City, MO
Large, high kitsch, Angular acrylic table lamp by Majestic with original shade and original Lucite finial
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Fabric, Lucite, Wood

  • Large Majestic Table Lamp, All Original
  • Large Majestic Table Lamp, All Original
  • Large Majestic Table Lamp, All Original
  • Large Majestic Table Lamp, All Original
H 38 in. W 28 in. D 22 in.
Mid Century Large Table Lamp Mushroom, Italy, 1970s
By Meblo
Located in Praha, CZ
- rare type - very nice style of lighting.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1960s Large Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Table Lamp
Located in Esperance, NY
Very unique large mid-century alabaster table lamp.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Alabaster

Large Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Large Mid-Century Modern teak Danish table lamp. Solid teak legs and stem. Original Bakelite bulb holder with on/off switch. Adjustable brass shade holder. A very elegant pie...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Large Popcorn Teak Table Lamps
Located in Wayne, NJ
Mid-Century Modern large popcorn teak table lamps.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Other

Large Mid-Century Modern French Stone Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Large Mid-Century Modern French Stone Table Lamp, 1960s
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stone

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Large Driftwood Freeform Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern large driftwood freeform table lamp, circa mid-20th century. Measurements: 38" H x 26" W x 9" D.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Large Mid-Century Modern Brass and Bamboo Table Lamp
By Paolo Traversi
Located in amstelveen, NL
Beautiful table lamp with brass details in the style of Vivai del Sud. The lamp is designed and made by Traversi Milano in the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Crystal and Chrome Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
By Nessen Lighting, Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of crystal and chrome Mid-Century Modern table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Pair of Anglo Indian Large Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of etched and silvered brass table lamps from India made in the Persian style. Large-scale and beautifully proportioned with delicate integrated decoration. Retaining the origin...
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Vintage 1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Large Mid-Century Modern Square Walnut & Lucite Table Lamp
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Square walnut and smoked Lucite Mid-Century Modern three way table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite, Walnut

Mid Century Ceramic Large Bulb Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Unique shape mid century ceramic large bulb lamp. Switch on cord.
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Mid Century Ceramic Large Bulb Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Large Bulb Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Large Bulb Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Large Bulb Lamp
H 15 in. W 9.5 in. D 6 in.
Large Italian Mid-Century Modern Glazed Pottery Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very large and handsome looking glazed ceramic pottery lamp. Beautiful shades of blue that will cheer up any room.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Large Chrome Table or Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice mid-century modern large table lamp with three globe shape lights.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Large Porcelain Pottery Base Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice vintage porcelain base tabs (17" Diameter)
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Large Pyramid Stacked Lucite Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern pyramid stacked Lucite table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid Century Curvaceous Ceramic Large Bright Yellow Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These wonderful lamps are a striking yellow and the most wonderful shape.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Martz Mid Century Large Scale Brown Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
By Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in San Francisco, CA
Martz mid century large scale brown glazed ceramic table lamp Handsome mid century table lamp by Martz 6.5" diameter at the base x 6" diameter at the main body 23" high to ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Italian Mid-Century Alabaster Lamp
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century alabaster lamp with sculpted base, Lamp. Shade not included. Measures: 36 H x 17.5, with shade 36 H x 11 D.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Alabaster, Brass

Beautiful and Rare Large Mid-Century Modern Brass Table Lamp
Located in München, DE
Beautiful large Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp. The shade is steplessly adjustable. Very classy 1950s design. The lampshade has small holes, which looks great with the light s...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Brutalist Cubist Table Lamp by Richard Barr for Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Large Brutalist Cubist Table Lamp by Richard Barr for Laurel Lamp company in the style of Paul Evans.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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Large Mid Century Table Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of large mid century table lamps for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct large mid century table lamps — often made from metal, ceramic and glass — can elevate any home. Find 1438 antique and vintage large mid century table lamps at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 49 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of large mid century table lamps available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of large mid century table lamps to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco large mid century table lamps are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made large mid century table lamps over the years, but those made by Gordon & Jane Martz, Marshall Studios and Bitossi are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Large Mid Century Table Lamps?

Large mid century table lamps can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $2,200, while the lowest priced sells for $183 and the highest can go for as much as $32,000.

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 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.