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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.
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

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 square Mid-Century Modern Crystal Chandelier 15 flames - Re Edition
By Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Originally from the Vienna flagship store of the hat-manufacture "Oberwalder" at Kärntner Strasse. 15-flames. The height is just the chandelier. All components according to the UL r...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

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 Midcentury Brass Flush Mount or Wall Lamp by Hillebrand Leuchten, 1960s
By Hillebrand
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury flush mount made in Germany in the 1960s by Hillebrand Leuchten. It is fascinating with its rare brass shade which is screw into the metal body. The light requires th...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Brass

Large Quantity of RAAK Sconces or Wall Lamp in White NOS Original Boxed
By RAAK
Located in Berlin, DE
We can offer a large quantity of RAAK sconces in mint condition. All labeled! To be on the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally by a specialist concerning local requirements...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

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

Extra Large Mid-Century Modern Brass Pendant Lamp by Bergboms, 1950s, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Munich, DE
Rare and large Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp or hanging light. Manufactured probably by Bergboms, Sweden, 1950s. Executed in brass. It needs 1 x E27 Edison screw fit bulb. It runs...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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 Vienna, AT
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

Large Sculptural Organic Brass and Gilt Metal Flower Leaf Floor Light, 1960s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful vintage gilt metal and brass floor lamp in the style of Tommaso Barbi. Belgium, 1960s. Lamp sockets: 3 x E27 (US E26).    
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Hollywood Regency Floor Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Extra Large Midcentury Saturno Pendant Lamp by Kazuo Motozawa for Staff Leuchten
By Kazuo Motozawa, Staff Leuchten
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant and large Mid-Century Modern 'Saturno' pendant lamp by Kazuo Motozawa for staff, 1960s, Germany. IF design awarded in 1972. Executed in chrome-plated metal. It needs 4 x E27...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large Midcentury Brass Ceiling Lamp-Chandeliers with Hand Blown Glass
Located in Almelo, NL
Large ceiling lamp chandeliers with brass base and large hand blown glass globe. The lights are beautifully decorated thanks to the structured glass. The pleasant light it spreads is...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Fog and Mørup Large Semi Pendel Pendant Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
By Torsten Thorup, Fog & Mørup
Located in London, GB
Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup designed semi Pendant. Manufactured by Fog and Mørup, Denmark, 1960s. Rare large version - diameter 70cm. In fair vintage condition with some scuffs...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Large Stilnovo Ball Pendant Lamp Opal Glass, circa 1950
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Large Stilnovo ball pendant opal glass, circa 1950, Italy. Beautiful 16" Italian pendant light with a large lacquered trumpet-shaped aluminum head. It's in good to very good conditio...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Large Set Midcentury Brass Ceiling Lamp-Chandeliers with Hand Blown Glass, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large set ceiling lamp chandeliers with brass base and large handblown glass globe. The lights are beautifully decorated thanks to the structured glass. The pleasant light it spreads...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Amber Bubble Glass Pendant Light / Lamp by Helena Tynell for Limburg
By Helena Tynell, Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Late 1960s bubble glass ceiling pendent light designed by Helena Tynell for Glashütte Limburg. The light features a beautiful lampshade made from amber or champagne colored / coloure...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Handcrafted Art Deco Style Alabaster and Wrought Iron Wall Sconce / Lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
Impressive and sizable wall sconce with a perfect alabaster shade. This rare Art Deco style sconce is beautiful both in design and execution. The combination of the blackened iron w...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Iron

Large Signed Round Kaiser Murano Ice Glass Flush Mount Wall Lamp Silvered Brass
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Awesome signed Kaiser multifunctional flush mount or ceiling lamp or wall lamp, Germany circa 1960. The lamp which has still the decal company label Kaiser Leuchten with model number...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Brass

Extra Large Signed Round Kaiser Murano Ice Glass Flush Mount Lamp Silvered Brass
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Awesome signed Kaiser multifunctional flush mount / ceiling lamp or wall lamp, Germany, circa 1960. The extra large lamp which has still the decal company label Kaiser Leuchten with ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Brass

Large Signed Round Kaiser Murano Ice Glass Flush Mount Wall Lamp Silvered Brass
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Awesome signed Kaiser multifunctional flush mount / ceiling lamp or wall lamp, Germany circa 1960. The lamp which has still the decal company label Kaiser Leuchten with model number ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal, Brass

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 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.
Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Located in Manchester, MA
This very unique large-scale brass and walnut table lamp. It has three frosted glass shades rising out of the central shaft like flowers bound by a brass ring in the middle. Betwee...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut

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 Red Ceramic Lamp, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Large mid-century red ceramic lamp - 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

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 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

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

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

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

Pair of Large Mid Century Blue Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of large Italian circa 1960’s ceramic blue table lamps with lucite bases. Measurements: Height of body: 21? Height to shade rest: 31? Length: 17? Width: 7?.
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Vintage 1960s Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Pair of Large Mid Century Blue Lamps
  • Pair of Large Mid Century Blue Lamps
  • Pair of Large Mid Century Blue Lamps
  • Pair of Large Mid Century Blue Lamps
H 21 in. W 17 in. D 7 in.
Large Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome Rectangular Pipe Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern polished chrome table lamp. Look at this fun lamp; open and shiny, it beckons to be put in any modern decor. Perfect in any room, this lamp will light your d...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Large Mid-Century Modern Gold Glazed Incised Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A large gold glazed ceramic lamp with stylized leaf patterns. Shade for display only.
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20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Mid-Century Modern Yellow Porcelain Aztec Style Table Lamp
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern yellow porcelain Aztec style table lamp Shade for photography purposes only, shade not included Measures: 27” height to socket x 12” diameter 36” with shade.
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Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

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Porcelain

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 Mid-Century German Table Lamp Lava Pottery Floor Light
Located in FR
Large Mid- Century German pottery table lamp or floor light Lights up inside as well Pottery with cream spattered lava paint Shown with its original shade (which has signs of use) no...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

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

Pair of Large Mid-Century Modern Brass and Bamboo Table Lamps
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Large Mid-Century Modern Brass and Bamboo Table Lamps
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large, Mid-Century Modern, art pottery, table lamp by Aldo Londi for Bitossi features a banded "Rimini Blue" ceramic orb base and brass neck with it's original, raw silk shade with g...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Jean-Pierre Ryckaert Large Mid-Century Clock Lamp, Ca.1950
By Jean-Pierre Ryckaert
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Large clock lamp by Jean-Pierre Ryckaert, Paris, ca.1950. Wrought-iron and leather. Decorated leather dial. Measurements without shade - Height with socket : 21"(53cm), Width : 9.25"...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Large Mid-Century Bulbous Form Matte White Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century bulbous-form table lamp in matte white glaze with subtle pale yellow banding detail. Wide size (16" diameter) with original brass harp and finial. Excellent, vintage c...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid Century Modern Turquoise Terra-cotta Glazed Table Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice walnut base blue-turquoise terracotta pottery art table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Porcelain, Pottery, Terracotta, Walnut

Very Large Mid-Century Modern Cylindrical Butterfly Motife Table Lamp
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Mid-Century Modern lamp having a cylindrical shaped white etched glass base adorned with gold butterflies and white abstract trees. Brass on top and bottom and a handsome ebonized w...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Italian Metal Table Lamp with Two Joints
Located in München, DE
Exceptional large Mid-Century Modern Italian table lamp. Very nice design with two brass joints for different positions. Shade in beige painted metal. Feet made of heavy iron, rod...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Large Mid Century Ceramic "Infinity" Table Lamp w/ Shade by James Mont
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Large Mid Century white ceramic "Infinity" table lamp featuring repeating infinity pattern with a ripped neck. The lamp is fixed to a black lacquered base and topped with bronze cap ...
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Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of large Mid Century Italian Marble Lamps w/ original plexi shades
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Burgundy Cube Marble Lamps with gray, white and black veining throughout sitting on bronze bases. Black Lucite shades are included. Italian, Circa 1970's. Height of marble ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble

Robert Maxwell Signed Large Mid-Century Modern Earthgender Ceramic Table Lamp
By Robert Maxwell
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautifully crafted handmade lamp by iconic American/Californian potter Robert Maxwell. Exceptionally rare size and hard to find design. The lamp is in pristine vintage conditi...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Mid Century Modern Root Beer Float Drip Glaze Table Lamp
By California Pottery
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Very large midcentury pottery lamp with a drip glaze. Lamp with combination of glaze and size, has a commanding presence. New wiring. 24 in. To top of socket.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

Large Mid Century Modern Table Lamp by Hans Bergström Edition Bergboms
Located in München, DE
Beautiful large original 50s table lamp by Hans Bergström from Sweden. Edition Bergboms. The base and neck are made of a curved brass tube, exceptional aluminum lampshade. Very nice ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Brass Cylindrical Ball Table or Floor Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A simple yet sophisticated design floor lamp from the 1970s. It features a brass-clad cylindrical base with a molded plastic sphere shade. Takes one standard bulb. Tested and working.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Turquoise Lava Glaze Ceramic Table Lamp after Fantoni
By Gambone Fantoni
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome very large Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp with a gorgeous turquoise lava glaze and its original shade done in the style of the famed Fantoni. This great lamp is in wo...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large Mid-Century Modern Murano Black/Brown Glass, Cenedese Styl Lamps Italy 60s
By Cenedese
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern Murano glass table lamps with black almost opaque tops and brown transparent bases. Attributed to Cenedese, Italy, late 1960s The pair of vintage t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Articulated Large Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp or Wall Sconce 'Witch Hut' 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional, articulated and large Mid-Century Modern table lamp or wall sconce. Designed and manufactured in 1950s, Germany. The lamp can be used as table lamp as well as wall sco...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

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

Large Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp by Arthur Percy for Gullaskruf 1950s, Sweden
By Arthur Percy, Gullaskruf
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional, elegant and large Mid-Century Modern floor lamp. Designed by Arthur Percy for Gullaskruf, Sweden, 1950s. Makers mark on the glass base. Executed in blown glass in dark ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Single Ceramic Pinapple Lamp, by Maison Lancel, Paris
By Maison Lancel
Located in Dallas, TX
Large ceramic white and gold pineapple French lamp, by Maison Lancel, Paris, circa 1970s. Mid-Century Modern lamp. In excellent condition, rewired. Gold shade, sold together.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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Large Midcentury Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the large midcentury lamp you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A large midcentury lamp — often made from metal, ceramic and brass — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect large midcentury lamp — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right large midcentury lamp, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Industrial styles are of considerable interest. A well-made large midcentury lamp has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by J.T. Kalmar, Rörstrand and Ateljé Lyktan are consistently popular.

How Much is a Large Midcentury Lamp?

Prices for a large midcentury lamp can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $270 and can go as high as $15,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,200.

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 Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.