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Italian Red Mid-Century Cone Floor Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in East Hampton, NY
Fabulous original Italian designer floor lamp with all working parts in great shape.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Brass, Metal, Bronze, Enamel

Double Cone Floor Lamp by the Laurel Lamp Mfg. Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Laurel floor lamp has been updated by sand blasting and powder coating it white. It’s been professionally rewired with the addition of new brass parts and finials to modernize it. C...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Mid-Century Teak and Brass Cone Shaped Table Lamp
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid-century teak and brass cone shaped table lamp. This lamp measures: 7 wide x 7 deep x 24.5 inches high. This lamp is in great vintage condition with some minor marks, dents,...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Danish Solid Teak Cone Shaped Table Lamp
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century Danish Solid Teak Cone Shaped Table Lamp This piece measures: 5.5 wide x 5.5 deep x 28.5 inches high and weighs 4 pounds Excellent vintage condition We take our ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid Century Walnut and Ceramic Pottery Cone Table Lamp
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century walnut and ceramic pottery cone table lamp This piece measures: 7 wide x 7 deep x 25 inches high and weighs 4.2 pounds Great vintage condition with some wear on the...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Kurt Versen Mid-Century Modern Cone Gooseneck Desk Lamp
By Kurt Versen
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Very cool and practical cone gooseneck desk lamp designed by Kurt Versen. This lamp can be adjusted in an infinite variety of positions so that the light can be directed just where y...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Heavy Chrome Adjustable Cone Shade Table Lamp
Located in Miami, FL
We offer this adjustable table lamp which has a chrome cone shade light mounted on a round chrome base. A functional as well as decorative Light that is useful as a reading lamp. W...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Pair of Mid Century Modern Table Lamps Cone Frosted Glass Shades
By Ben Seibel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice mid-century modern table lamps.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Cone Shaped Italian Lamp in Murano Glass 1970s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Elegant cone lamp in Murano glass 1970s Space Age lamp in really good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Cone Shaped Desk Lamp, Turquoise and Red, Russia, 1966
By Lightolier
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool Mid-Century Modern desk lamp made in Russia, 1966. Professionally restored and rewired to American standards.
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Vintage 1960s Ukrainian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Laurel Chrome Cone Lamp
By Laurel
Located in Miami, FL
A nice vintage Mid-Century Modern polished chrome table lamp, of conical shape, by Laurel, circa 1970s. Height listed below in item details is height to socket.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Laurel Chrome Cone Lamp
  • Laurel Chrome Cone Lamp
  • Laurel Chrome Cone Lamp
  • Laurel Chrome Cone Lamp
H 20.88 in. Dm 6 in.
Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Joint Clamp Lamp with Red Cone Shade
Located in München, DE
Very elegant Mid-Century Modern brass joint clamp lamp with cone shaped shade. Made in Italy. Beautiful minimalistic design. Very high quality workmanship. Steplessly adjustable than...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Large Italian Mid-Century Modernist Brass Tripod Cone Table Lamp with Three Arms
Located in München, DE
Exceptional very rare large Mid-Century Modernist brass tripod cone table lamp with three arms, made in Italy. Beautiful minimalistic 1950s design. Fully functional and 100% origi...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Modeline Sculpted Spire Cone Shade Walnut Table Lamp, circa 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall, Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Pair of walnut wood tall table lamps by Modeline, circa late 1950s. Three sculpted walnut spines taper upward and form the crowns that adorn these spectacular lamps. The walnut arms ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

French Brass Pine Cone Table Lamp
Located in East Hampton, NY
Recently rewired and polished in brass. Double socket. Shade not included.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Atomic Double Cone & Ball Table Lamp
Located in Hingham, MA
Large scale mid-century modern table lamp made from two spun aluminum cones and a large brass center orb. Base is 6" diameter. 24" high to top of cone. 28" high to socket.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

VeArt 1980s Cone Vase Table Lamp
By VeArt
Located in New York, NY
A signed VeArt Venezia green over white case glass with black accent cone vase or table lamp from 1983 in the Menphis style.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

  • VeArt 1980s Cone Vase Table Lamp
  • VeArt 1980s Cone Vase Table Lamp
  • VeArt 1980s Cone Vase Table Lamp
  • VeArt 1980s Cone Vase Table Lamp
H 10.5 in. Dm 7.25 in.
Danish Modern Teak Cone Shape Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish Modern teak cone shape table lamp.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood, Teak

  • Danish Modern Teak Cone Shape Table Lamp
  • Danish Modern Teak Cone Shape Table Lamp
  • Danish Modern Teak Cone Shape Table Lamp
  • Danish Modern Teak Cone Shape Table Lamp
H 31 in. W 5.25 in. D 5.25 in.
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier 3 Cone Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier floor lamp with 3 moveable cone shades. Each with a switch to the top, allows for 1, 2, or 3 shades to be turned on or off. Shades pivot freely to dire...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Blue Glass Cone Table Lamp, 1970’s
Located in Delft, NL
Dimensions: 33cm height, 12cm diameter. Condition: Good. Material: glass, plastic.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Plastic

  • Vintage Blue Glass Cone Table Lamp, 1970’s
  • Vintage Blue Glass Cone Table Lamp, 1970’s
  • Vintage Blue Glass Cone Table Lamp, 1970’s
  • Vintage Blue Glass Cone Table Lamp, 1970’s
H 13 in. W 4.73 in. D 4.73 in.
Danish Modern Cone Shape Shade Table Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice Mid-Century Modern pottery, metal and walnut base table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Twin Cone Desk Lamp by Kurt Versen
By Kurt Versen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A steel desk lamp with two (2) articulating steel gooseneck arms in the original salmon color.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Twin Cone Desk Lamp by Kurt Versen
  • Twin Cone Desk Lamp by Kurt Versen
  • Twin Cone Desk Lamp by Kurt Versen
  • Twin Cone Desk Lamp by Kurt Versen
H 26 in. W 26 in. D 5 in.
Early Stilnovo Double-Cone Floor Lamp (Original Label)
By Stilnovo
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is ALL ORIGINAL labelled Stilnovo early manufactured floor lamp with double diffusers. Red cone and white acrylic and bronze base - VERY modern and geometric. This is a rare p...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Modernist Brass Desk Lamp with Cone Shaped Shade
By Stilnovo, Arteluce, Stilux, Gaetano Sciolari, Sarfatti for Arteluce
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning modernist brass desk lamp with cone shaped shade. This stylish midcentury sculptural lamp has been newly wired and will make a statement on any desk.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

  • Modernist Brass Desk Lamp with Cone Shaped Shade
  • Modernist Brass Desk Lamp with Cone Shaped Shade
  • Modernist Brass Desk Lamp with Cone Shaped Shade
  • Modernist Brass Desk Lamp with Cone Shaped Shade
H 22.5 in. W 9.75 in. D 7.25 in.
1950s Stilux Milano Green Perforated Cone Table Lamp
By Arredoluce, Stilux
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Stilux Milano Green Perforated Cone Table Lamp. Executed in breen perforated metal shade with a sculptural brass swivel for adjustability. Stilux was one of the most innova...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

1970s Gregory Van Pelt Cone Cardboard Table Lamp
By Gregory Van Pelt
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer a whimsical table lamp designed by Gregory Van Pelt, circa the 1970s. Defined by its distinctive mix of materials, this table lamp will make a modern sta...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1950s Stilux Milano White Cone Tripod Table Lamp
By Arredoluce, Stilnovo, Stilux
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s tripod table lamp in white and brass attributed to Stilnovo. This elegantly sculptural table lamp is characteristic of the highly refined Italian lighting design aesthetics of ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Bent Wire Base Sculptural Cone Shape Table Lamp
By Tony Paul, Jean Royère
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Iconic 1950s brass and bent wire sculptural table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Wire

Lightolier Three-Arm Three Cone Brass Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Kansas City, MO
Three arm Lightolier table lamp with red black and white conical shades. Base diameter: 7.5"
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

1950s Giuseppe Ostuni Red Cone Table Lamp for Oluce
By Giuseppe Ostuni, Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Giuseppe Ostuni red cone table lamp for Oluce. This petite classic design is executed in lightly patinated brass and red painted metal in good vintage condition. Shade swivels ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

French 1950s Tripod Tri-Cone Floor Lamp by Lunel
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Hingham, MA
Rare French 1950s tripod and three-light standing lamp by Lunel in the manner of Mathieu Matégot. Tripod structure, three thick black iron metal arms, three articulating red-enamel...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Italian Large Murano Glass, Cone Shape, Table Lamp, 1980s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Large and beautiful murano cone shape table lamp. This fixture was made during the 1980s in Italy. This lamp is equipped with one light socket (E27). A professional electrician has ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Kalmar Vienna "Style" Modernist Cone Clamp Lamp from the 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
A rare and beautiful vintage Austrian modernist design lamp, model name Style Designed and produced by Kalmar Vienna in the 1950s. Thel cone lamp shade has still its original orange ...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

French Tri Cone Brass Floor Lamp in the Manner of Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
A mid century French floor lamp with 3 multi coloured perforated shades on pivotal and directional arms. 3 different switch settings. supported on a circular brass bass at 26cm in di...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Blue 20th Century Pineapple or Pine Cone Ceramic Table Lamp Att. to Pol Chambos
By Pol Chambost
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Attributed to Pol Chambost Original blue ceramic table lamp 1950 french design Original perfect condition Electrical system is ok Blue ceramic glaze color Measures:...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Cone Star-Shaped Table Lamps, Murano Mercury Glass
By Alberto Donà
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Pair of tall table lamp attributed to Alberto Donà in Murano. Gray acciaio color layered inside with mirror mercury glass technique. Geometry of shape plays well with light reflectio...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass, Murano Glass

Large Cone Lamp Murano Glass and Brass by Esperia, Italy, 1970s
By Esperia
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Large Cone lamp by the italian design manufacture Esperia, Murano glass and brass base. Famous manufacture like Venini, Vistosi, La Murrina, Aldo Nason, Stilnovo, Joe Colombo, Artelu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tony Paul Cone Shape Brass & Walnut Table Lamp for Westwood Industries
By Tony Paul, Westwood Industries
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tony Paul Cone shape brass & walnut table lamp for Westwood Industries Dimensions 25in H x 3.50in W x 3.50in D Lamp Shade: 9in H x 11in - 13in W.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Italy Perforated Cone Table Lamps Dazzling Color & Snazzy Body, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in National City, CA
Table Lamps Midcentury Italy sexy perforated cone desk table lamp pair- dazzling colors of red and yellow on a sculptural black iron body. Colorful aluminum on a very stylish iron ba...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Iron

Italian Pair of Midcentury Murano Glass, Cone shape, Table Lamps, 1980s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Stunning and beautiful pair of Murano cone shape table lamps. These fixtures were made during the 1980s in Italy. Each table lamp is equipped with one light socket (E27). A professi...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

French Desk Table Lamp Lovely Red Perforated Cone Shade, 1950s, France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in National City, CA
French desk table lamp lovely red perforated cone shade 1950s France French Bayonet bulb is required. Unmarked. in the Style of Pierre Guariche. Measures: 9.75 tall x 4.25 W x 8.5 ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Midcentury Brass Free Standing Torchiere Table Lamp with Perforated Cone Shade
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Unique Googie brass and white enamel freestanding torchiere table lamp with perforated cone shade. Measures: 8" wide x 8" deep x 24" tall.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exquisite Pair of Modern Etched Cone Lamps in Nickel and Brass
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fantastic pair of modern etched cone lamps, circa 1960. Comprised of nickel and brass-plated components, over solid bronze on a Lucite base. Heavy duty jewelry! Excellent restored ...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Bronze, Nickel

Pair of Cone Lamps Murano Glass and Brass by Esperia. Italy, 1970s
By Esperia
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of Cone lamps by the Italian design manufacture Esperia, Murano glass and brass base. Slight difference in height due to artisanal blown Murano glass. Famous manufacture like Ve...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1970s Fabulous Double Cone Floor Lamp Patinated Brass Arched Star Base Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in National City, CA
Floor lamp Fabulous piece modern vintage tall floor lamp by Stiffel, very rare model with four-star arched base and adjustable double shade cone. Measures: 53.5 tall x 21 width x ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Murano Glass Cone Lamp by Res De Majo, for De Majo Luce
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A conical shape Murano glass table lamp with transparent swirl on a white coated metal base. Made for De Majo Lighting. Signed Res de Majo. Sourced outside of Florence, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Striking STILNOVO Green Italian Marble & Brass Floor Lamp Dual Cone Italy 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in National City, CA
Sensational design Midcentury Modern Floor Lamp attributed to Stilnovo. Made in Italy. Stamp from maker not present. Brass body with Original Patina. Dark green Italian Marble Base...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Floor Lamp Stilnovo Lacquered Metal Stem Aluminum Cones Brass Marble Italy 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Catania, IT
Floor lamp manufactured by Stilnovo in Italy, 1950s. Floor lamp that takes the shape of a tree, with its black lacquered metal stem that is interrupted by a brass ring and that cont...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Italy Modern Chartreuse Cone Desk Table Lamp with Sculptural White Base, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in National City, CA
Italian Mid-Century Modern chartreuse desk table lamp sculptural base in white Perforated cone shade Unmarked. In the Style of Stilnovo. Italy 1950s Measures: 11 tall x 5.5 x 8 D ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Late 20 Century Italian Gilded Brass Floor with Three Cones, 1970
Located in Roma, IT
Gilded brass floor lamp. Three gilded cones of the same size, with white enamel interiors, extend from a central shaft. Along the cone's diameter, a regular fretwork decoration crea...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Round Table Lamp Brass Wood Shantung Dome Italian Design 1970 Gold Cone
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round table lamp brass wood shantung dome Italian design 1970 gold cone. Measures: Base diameter cm.31, height dome cm.40.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

French 1970s Pine Cone Table Lamp Hand Modeled Porcelain Brass Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Palermo, Sicily
French design 1970s pine cone table lamp in modeled by hand Porcelain, brass base in black silk dome. Attributed to Maison Jansen. Measures: Central stem height 45 cm, diameter 32 cm.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tony Paul Style Pierced Black Cone, Brass & White Triple Candlestick Table Lamp
By Tony Paul
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Tall perforated Black Table Lamp with Three White Candlesticks & Brass details, in the manner of Tony Paul. 1950's. Featuring a black enameled perforated cone framework, 3 white wra...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Sleek Modernism Custom Cone Shaped TABLE Lamp Mahogany and Bronze 1960s Mexico
Located in National City, CA
Table Lamp Mexican Modernist Clean Custom Cone Table Lamp in Mahogany wood and Bronze. Dimensions: 24 H x 6 in diameter Original Preowned Vintage Condition. Please see our images. La...
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Hans Agne Jakobsson Rare G-185 Cone Shape Floor Lamp by Markaryd Sweden, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Bochum, NRW
Hans Agne Jakobsson rare floor lamp G-185, Sweden, 1960s Rare floor lamp model G-185, also called "Harlekin" designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson in Mark...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Attributed to Maison Charles, High Gilt Bronze Table Lamp with Pine Cone Design
By Maison Charles
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Attributed to Maison Charles, high gilt bronze table lamp with pine cone design, circa 1970. Shade to be changed.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Cone Tripod Table Red Lamp in Brass and Lacquered Metal, Stilnovo, Italy, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Rome, IT
Petite Italian tripod cone shaped table lamp red lacquered metal. Borders and base in brass. In the style of Stilnovo.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Red and White Opalescent Glass Cone Lamp by Giusto Toso for Leucos, Italy 1970s
By Leucos Design Lab, Giusto Toso
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very stylish red and white opalescent glass cone lamp designed by Giusto Toso for Leucos, Italy, 1970s. Born in Murano in 1939, Giusto Toso's lights are included in the collections o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Hollywood Regency Pine Cone Table Light by Franco Lagini, Italy, 1970's
By Franco Lagini
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Silver pinecone table light with black lamp shade by Franco Lagini, signed.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Silver

Set of Four Acrylic 'Cone' Fixtures by Verner Panton for Polythema
By Poly Thema, Verner Panton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These four conical table or wall-mounted lights in blue, red, yellow and white were designed in 1995 by Verner Panton and produced by the company, Polythema, known for their work in ...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic

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Mid Century Cone Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century cone lamp available at 1stDibs. A mid century cone lamp — often made from metal, brass and aluminum — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a mid century cone lamp, we have 200 options in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century cone lamp, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century cone lamp, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Industrial style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one mid century cone lamp that is appealing in its simplicity, but Lightolier, Stilnovo and Kurt Versen produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Cone Lamp?

Prices for a mid century cone lamp start at $161 and top out at $15,500 with the average selling for $1,400.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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.