Skip to main content

Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp

Price
Shipping Options
Sort By
Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Studio Pottery lamp with brass harp and finial. Shade included. Offered by Neal Beckstedt
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
  • Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
H 11.75 in. Dm 5 in.
"Classic" Lamp by Victoria Morris for Lawson-Fenning
By Victoria Morris
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Classic" lamp by Victoria Morris for Lawson-Fenning.
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

1950s Nardini Oriental Motif Mid Century Modern Table Lamp
By Nardini Studios
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $675....Fine Japanese Lantern themed lamp. White glazed reticulated ceramic base is of a stylized Japanese lantern with tiled roof, six sided imperial trellis lattice wa...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Large Gordon and Jane Martz Walnut and Ceramic Table Lamp with Finial
By Marshall Studios, Gordon Martz
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...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Walnut

Stiffel Celadon Ceramic Orb and Brass Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exquisite Parzinger influenced midcentury lamps with a muted celadon green ceramic body with satin brass fittings. Lamps have been rewired with new sockets and silk cords.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Table Lamp with Hand Painted Floral Motif
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This large Danish modern table lamp boasts a blue, cream, brown and black floral motif, created by hand and therefore one of a kind. New linen shade. Diameter 4" at base, 22" high.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Tall Whimsical Vase-Lamp Base Teddy Bear & Friends Handmade Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
This is a wonderful handmade, hand-painted and hand glazed few- of- a- kind, mid-century modern ceramic creation of a tall classic footed bottle vase or possible lamp base by master ...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Monumental Size Mid-Century Modern Italian Sgraffito Table Lamp
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Handsome and impressively sized ceramic table lamp. This lamp is 46 inches to the top of the finial, has subtle coloring with incised vertical lines, and sits on a wooden base. All n...
Category

Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

French Midcentury Sculptural Ceramic Table Lamp, attrib. to Georges Pelletier
Located in Arles, FR
Large and very decorative midcentury table lamp attributed to Georges Pelletier France. This is a stunning modern ceramic table lamp with exceptional form and gorgeous burnt orange a...
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Jane & Gordon Martz, Table Lamp, Ceramic, Walnut, Linen Marshal Studios, 1950s
By Gordon & Jane Martz, Marshall Studios
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp designed by husband and wife duo Jane & Gordon Martz. Produced by Marshall Studios, Indianapolis. Base is slip-cast and then dipped into glaze. Design also incorpora...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Walnut

Midcentury Pineapple Shape White Porcelain Table Lamp by Zaccagnini, Italy 1960s
By Urbano Zaccagnini
Located in Palermo, IT
Umberto Zaccagnini design table lamp, produced in Italy in the 1960s. Ceramic structure in the shape of a pineapple. Fabric lampshade. Hand painted logo on the bottom. Wear consiste...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Textile

Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
By Affiliated Craftsmen
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Extraordinary midcentury ceramic lamp from the "K Series Lamps" at Affiliated Craftsmen Studios of Bob Kinzie and Phil Bartok. Pictured with Knoll credenza and chair for scale.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
H 19.5 in. Dm 12 in.
Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Midcentury ceramic table lamp, 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Danish Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A Danish circa 1960's unglazed ceramic table lamp. Measurements: Height of body: 13.25" Height to rest of shade: 23" (adjustable) Diameter: 10" (widest point)
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of 1960s table lamps hand-crafted out of ceramics. These fabulous pair of lamps have been professionally restored and features new shades of ceramic vases with a crackled desi...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Marbro Lamp Co. Painted Orange Ceramic Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a large vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Marbro. This unique lamp features a painted ceramic or porcelain body that sits on a wooden base. Also includes a unique f...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp, circa 1960, Denmark
By Axel Salto
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice mid-century table lamp, circa 1960, Denmark. Grey/brown ceramic, new fabric shade. Rewired, one E14 bulb of 60w. Dimensions: Height with the shade: 47 cm . Diameter of the sh...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Fabric

Black Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp 20th Century Design handamade, 1980
By La Borne Potters
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
French handmade ceramic table lamp Circa 1980 Elegant rectangular ceramic table lamp with abstract decoration signed at the base Shiny black ceramic glaze color Original perfect ...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

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...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Hand Made Danish Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamps by Soholm Stentoj
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of hand made Danish mid-century ceramic table lamps by Soholm Stentoj Handmade and hand decorated Danish modern stoneware table lamps manufactured by Søholm Stentøj on the Da...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Stoneware, Ceramic

Mid-Century Single Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a single ceramic table lamp. White ceramic sphere decorated with simple graphics in black and light green tones. Mounted in tropid base. Shade not included.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp
By Marco Fantoni, Guido Gambone
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a Mid-Century Modern table lamp. Ceramic base with blue, brown and white colors mounted in a tapered wood base. Original electrical cord in good condition. ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

Mid Century Danish Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A single mid century Danish ceramic table lamp. Measurements: Height of body: 19? Height to shade rest: 29? Diameter at widest: 7?.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Table Lamps

Materials

Wood, Ceramic

Black and White Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp by Le Vaucour Vallauris, 1970
By Le Vaucour
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Le Vaucour - Vallauris Elegant black and white abstract form for this ceramic table lamp by Le Vaucour Realised circa 1960 in Vallauris - 20th mid-century design French hand...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Mid-Century Modern, handmade ceramic table lamp, 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
H 11.82 in. W 3.55 in. D 3.55 in.
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp, 1970s. Handmade, signed ceramic with high gloss glaze.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
Located in Esperance, NY
Large mid-century ceramic white table lamp.
Category

Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

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.
Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern glazed ceramic table lamps Offered for sale is a pair of glazed ceramic Mid-Century Modern table lamps. Both lamps are wired and in working condition. Shades pi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Turquoise Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Gorgeous turquoise color. Walnut stem and metal pull switch. Brass hardware. Original condition with brand new off-white shade included. Measures: Lamp height is 30.5" width 7" lamps...
Category

Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Dutch Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Weesp, NL
Rare ceramic table lamp made in the Netherlands during the early 1960s. The lamp is in great condition without any cracks or chips. Measurements: H 26 x W 19 x D 19 cm.  
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Dutch Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Dutch Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Dutch Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Dutch Ceramic Table Lamp
H 10.24 in. W 7.49 in. D 7.49 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern hand-thrown ceramic table lamp glazed in orange / green / grey with masterful diagonally-biased overlays. Produced in Italy, circa 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC
Beautiful and sculptural Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp with aqua and brown glaze. Original burlap Shade. Measures: 47" H x 8 1/2" W.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
H 47 in. W 8.5 in. D 8.5 in.
Pair of Ceramic Rembrandt Table Lamps
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Wonderful pair of Rembrandt table lamps in amazing original condition. These 1950s ceramic lamps have a great tropical feel to them with the look of bamboo and raised leaves. I have ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
By Poterie Périgourdine
Located in London, GB
Matt glazed ceramic table lamp in the form of a chicken, signed to base Poterie Perigoourdine.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
H 22.84 in. W 11.82 in. D 6.3 in.
Elegant Mid Century Blue Craquelure Glaze Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Elegant and sophisticated table lamp of graceful elongated shape. Original, clean, and working condition. Total H 36 x H of ceramic body 24 inches.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Mid Century Banded Ceramic Table Lamps
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of stylish midcentury ceramic table lamps having a textured surface with graduated color bands. Both are in very good, original and working condition showing only light cosmetic...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Ceramic Pottery Lamp
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid Century accent table lamp, circa 1960s with walnut base. This piece has a dark green and brown glazed ceramic finish and includes the original drum shade. Base 11" diameter ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Linen, Walnut

Organic Mid-Century Modern Martz Ceramic Table Lamp
By Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Miami, FL
Jane & Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios Mid-Century Modern pottery table lamp. With a warm and organic speckled brown glaze over light green colored underglaze and bulbous shaped bo...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Black Ceramic Rooster Table Lamp
Located in Topeka, KS
Mid-Century rooster lamp, circa 1950s. A black ceramic rooster makes up the base of this happy little table lamp. He is in great vintage condition and sports a new jaunty shade. W...
Category

Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Black and Gold Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and chic black and gold ceramic table lamp, having a organic pyramid form base with high gloss gold highlight over black ground. Original, clean and working condition, shade ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid Century Black and Gold Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Black and Gold Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Black and Gold Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Black and Gold Ceramic Table Lamp
H 26 in. W 7.25 in. D 7.25 in.
Mid-Century Celadon Ceramic Lamp
By Gordon Martz
Located in New York, NY
Ovoid form Celadon color crackle glaze table lamp on oval wood base. Mid-Century homage to Classic Chines Celadon pottery. Working, clean, original, shade not included height to top ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

  • Mid-Century Celadon Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Celadon Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Celadon Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Celadon Ceramic Lamp
H 34 in. W 11 in. D 5.75 in.
French Mid Century 1960s Ceramic Hand Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful French Mid Century 1960s high gloss white ceramic lamp composed of two hands holding a white glass globe shade. Newly rewired.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Glass

Mid-Century Modern Gordon Martz Ceramic Table Lamp
By Gordon Martz, Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a Mid-Century Modern table lamp in ceramic signed "MARTZ" Original vintage condition with wood finial and harp. No shade included (the one in pictures is for p...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Teak

Mid Century Modern Gordon Martz Ceramic Table Lamp
By Gordon Martz
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Gordon Martz. Ceramic in yellow and white color with teak accent and matching finial. Stamped with makers label/signatu...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Teak

Pair of Mottled Ceramic Table Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of teal, mottled glaze ceramic table lamps by Marbro.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

White Ceramic Ram Table Lamp by Hager
By Hager Lamp Co.
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A beautiful 1970’s white ceramic table lamp designed by Hager. The lamp has been newly rewired with new polish nickel socket and new oatmeal linen shade. Dim: Overall Dimensions- 2...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Aqua Ceramic Lamp
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC
Beautiful aqua-colored ceramic and wood Mid-Century Modern lamp. This lamp has a tall elegant shape that is a great accent piece to any vignette. The lampshade is original to the lam...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Aqua Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Aqua Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Aqua Ceramic Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Aqua Ceramic Lamp
H 45 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Yellow Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original pair of midcentury yellow striped desk lamps. Striped with white and green. Comes with new linen white shades. Standard U.S. plug in.
Category

Vintage 1960s Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Linen

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic and Gold-Tone Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern ceramic and gold-tone table lamp. The piece is mounted on a gold-tone metal base. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use, with some pitting a...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pottery Lamp
By Marshall Studios
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Huge and absolutely stunning ceramic pottery table lamp attributed to Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios. Lamp features gorgeous glaze in shades of blue and green. It has the Classic ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Mid-20th Century Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Antwerp, BE
These crème and white Hollywood regency ceramic lamps are remarkable for their beautiful shape and design whit a band of leaves encircle the ceramic lamp. The base is made of wood. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Blue Ceramic Ewer Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
1950s ceramic table lamp pale teal aqua color with a satin finish and a pale gray base. In the shape of a long necked pitcher or ewer with a handle. Rewired with new UL 3 way socket ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Raymor Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Leaf Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp. Measuring: 23 in x 15.5 in x 6.25 in. Be sure to check our storefront for many more decorating ideas, from primitives, Machine age, Mid-Cent...
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Ceramic Lamp
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-20th century white ceramic lamp.
Category

Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Opalescent Glazed Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid Century opalescent glazed ceramic lamps with a gored body on satin brass bases and necks. Rewired with new cords and brass sockets. 100W max bulbs. Shades not included.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Flower Table Lamp Light
Located in West Hartford, CT
Lovely white ceramic table lamp with lavender flower made in Sweden, circa 1960s. Wired for USA and working perfectly.
Category

Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp Bases
Located in London, GB
A pair of mid-twentieth century cream glazed ceramic lamps, with faux tree bark surfaces and set upon painted tole bases. Shades not included.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Ceramic

Mid Century Stacked Ceramic Pottery Table Lamp by Martz
By Gordon & Jane Martz, Marshall Studios
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid Century ceramic and walnut lamp by Gordon and Jane Martz for Marshall Studios. This oversized lamp features a sculptural stacked form and includes a three way switch mechanism. ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Walnut

Mid-Century Moss Green Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of genie bottle shaped moss green speckled glazed ceramic lamps with dark bronze fittings and a clear glass orb. Lamps have been rewired for use in the USA with brown silk cords.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Mid Century Ceramic Pottery Glazed Lamp
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-century ceramic pottery lamp, circa 1960s. This piece has a drip glazed finish in neutral tones. Features a three way switch and walnut stem and base.  
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Walnut

  • 1
  • ...

Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century ceramic table lamp available at 1stDibs. A mid century ceramic table lamp — often made from ceramic, metal and brass — can elevate any home. Find 2046 options for an antique or vintage mid century ceramic table lamp now, or shop our selection of 51 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century ceramic table lamp — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century ceramic table lamp, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century ceramic table lamp over the years, but those crafted by Gordon & Jane Martz, Bitossi and Marshall Studios are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Ceramic Table Lamp?

Prices for a mid century ceramic table lamp start at $157 and top out at $34,975 with the average selling for $1,849.

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.