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Chrome & 5 Milk Glass Globes Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
By Kovach, Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Chrome and 5 globe Mid-Century Modern table lamp with three way switch.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Textured Milk Murano Glass Mushroom Table Lamp
By Murano Glass Sommerso, Laurel Studios
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern mushroom shape table lamp.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

2 Mid Century Milk Glass Hurricane Chamber Boudoir Vanity Parlor Lamps
Located in Dayton, OH
Two vintage mid century hand painted brass and white milk glass desk / library / vanity lamps featuring chamber candlestick style base and hurricane shades with green ivy and vines. ...
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Mid-20th Century Victorian Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Milk Glass Table Lamp, 1970s
By Ivan Jakes, Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí
Located in Praha, CZ
- rare type - nice style of lighting.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Table Desk Lamp Leucos Murano Milk Glass Italian Design 1980s
By Leucos
Located in Palermo, IT
Wonderful and large table or desk lamp "ibis" model, produced by the Italian company Leucos between the end of the 70's and the beginning of the 80's. The lamp has a black enamelled ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Uplighter Table Lamps, a Pair
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern uplighter table lamps by Rembrandt Lamps from their Masterpieces collection. Elegant round tapering columns in walnut are punctuated with round brass dis...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Bamboo & Brass Handmade Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps Milk Glass Globe
By Chapman Manufacturing Company
Located in Miami, FL
1950 Chapman Manufacturing Company style handcrafted Mid-Century Modern pair of bamboo and brass details table lamps with milk glass globes. Both are wired for the U.S. and uses a r...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Mid century Rembrandt torchiere table lamp. Hollywood Regency style brass ring with switch knob in the middle having milk glass shade. Stunning table lamp providing excellent lightin...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
  • Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
  • Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
  • Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
H 23 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Milk Glass and Brass Hourglass Shaped Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Denton, TX
A pair of 1960s white milk glass inverted cones separated with brass accents for a hourglass silhouette. The top of the socket measures 31" high.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Pair of American Mid-Century Modern Obelisk Table Lamps by Rembrandt Lighting
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A pair of 1950s American Mid-Century Modern obelisk table lamps by Rembrandt Lighting, part of their ‘Masterpieces’ range. The lamps are in the form of an obelisk topped with a brass...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Striking Milk Glass Antique Street Lamp Base by Westinghouse Table Lamp
By Westinghouse
Located in San Diego, CA
One-of-a-kind massive table base lamp by Westinghouse, milk glass converted into street lamp, circa 1940s, large and beautiful rewired double head socket and lamp base illuminates al...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper

Mid Century Whimsical & Sculptural Saucer Lamp Eames Style Milk Glass Shade
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Very unique Luxcraft mid century whimsical & sculptural table lamp. With a very cool Eames style saucer milk glass shades. You might see a similar lamp but you are not going find...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Incised Milk Glass, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tall three-armed table lamp. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s-1960s. Features its original milk glass diffusers with simple incised ornamentation.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-20th Century Italian Tripod Brass and Milk Shade Lamp
Located in London, GB
Mid-20th Century Italian Tripod brass and milk shade lamp We are proud to offer a Mid-20th Century Italian tripod brass and milk shade lamp. Made from brass and metal, with a circ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Simple Modernist Milk Glass Table Lamps on Wood Base Chinese Symbols, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Set of two modernist lamps in creamy milk glass Asian motif table lamps mounted on a modern wood base. No additional maker information is available. Features Chinese symbol writing...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass, Wood

Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century cork desk lamp with white glass globe. Glass globe simply rests on cork base. Cork base measures 5” x 5” x 5”.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass, Cork

  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
H 12.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Vintage Table Lamp with Milk-White Glass Shades and Brass / Fruitwood Base
By Stilnovo
Located in Verviers, BE
1970s table lamp in the Vintage style with brass fittings on a metal and Wood base. The lamp has a shade made of acid-etched milk-glass giving it a matte, white surface, and provides...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Elizabeth Kauffer Nessen Studios Marble Table Lamp with Milk Glass Shade
By Nessen Studio, Elizabeth Kauffer
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Substantial Elizabeth Kauffer attributed Nessen Studios solid white carrara marble and brushed steel lamp, 1950s. Featuring a solid, architectural, thin and wide rectangular column i...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Steel

Mid Century Modern Mushroom Style Frosted Glass an Nickel Table Lamp
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern mushroom style frosted glass an nickel table lamp. Dimmer built in to switch - takes 2 Edison bulbs with American 2 prong plug. Works 100% located in Brooklyn NYC....
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel

Italian Designer, Table Lamp, Brass, Milk Glass, Blue Color Glass, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, produced in Italy, 1940s. Features brass and blue colored glass, frosted glass diffusers. Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand,...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

John Dickinson Style Brass, Steel and Milk Glass Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Evocative of some John Dickinson lamp designs, this table lamp has a central brass baluster form over a polished steel octagonal base. The shade is a milk glass hemisphere, cr...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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

Vintage Table Lamp with Milk-White Glass Shade and Brass Fitting / Wood Base
By Stilnovo
Located in Verviers, BE
1970s table lamp in the Vintage style with brass fittings on a metal and Wood base. The lamp has a shade made of acid-etched milk-glass giving it a matte, white surface, and provides...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Table Lamps pair in Blown Murano Glass White milk and Gold color 1980s
Located in Villaverla, IT
Italian Venetian, pair of table lamps, in blown murrain glass, white and gold, 1980s. This is a unique set, of handcrafted blown Murano glass table lamps, in a shape of a vase, whit...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Milk Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Mid Century Table Lamps, 1970s
By Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí, Ivan Jakes, Stepan Tabery
Located in Praha, CZ
- all-glass - very nice style of lighting - rare type.   
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass

Mid-Century Table Lamp/Jilove u Decina, 1960's
By Jílové u Děčína
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of Milk glass, Plastic, Chrome New Cabling 1x60W,E27 or E26 socket Re-polished Original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Mid-Century Table Lamp/Jilove u Decina, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Table Lamp/Jilove u Decina, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Table Lamp/Jilove u Decina, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Table Lamp/Jilove u Decina, 1960's
H 7.88 in. W 5.12 in. D 5.12 in.
Midcentury Murano White Glass Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-Century Modern Murano handblown white glass lamp on marble base with brass accents by Marbro. Lampshade not included in price.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Brass

Pair of Empire Style Milk Glass Lamps with Hand Painted Gilding
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of lamps, in Empire style, of milk glass, each columnar form handpainted with gilt festooning, on round brass base. Stock ID: D7199
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Milk Glass

Groovy 1960's Cast Metal Op Art Lamp with Milk Glass Orb
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Super funky table lamp, or is it art? The base is a black and white op art decorated cube with glowing round milk glass globe mounted on top. Austin Powers would love this groovy tre...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Walter Von Nessen Milk Glass Desk Lamp with Brass Base, American, 1950s
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Maastricht, NL
A 1950s desk lamp by Walter Von Nessen with a milk glass diffuser. The lamp still has the original label underneath. The fabric diffuser is a professional reconstruction of the origi...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

One off Walnut and Milk Glass Desk Lamp Designed by Phillip Enfield
By Phillip Enfield
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
This is a one of a kind turned walnut and milk glass desk lamp. It was designed, circa 1960 by Phillip Enfield for a friend and client. It is in excellent original condition and has ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass, Walnut

Milk White Italian Table Lamp with 24-Karat Gold in blown Murano glass, 1970s
By Gabbiani
Located in Villaverla, IT
Milk White Italian Table Lamp with 24-Karat Gold in blown Murano glass, 1970s Exquisite and very elegant table lamp in blown Murano glass, which manufacture is dated circa 1970s. It ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold

Pair of Mid Century Table Spiral Lamps Woja, 1970s
By Woja
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Set of Eight Milk Glass Mushroom Table Lamps by Glashütte Limburg, circa 1970s
By Helena Tynell, Glashütte Limburg
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A big set of eight mid - century milk glass "mushroom" table lamps by Glashütte Limburg, Germany, circa 1970s. Socket: each 1 x e27 for standard screw bulbs.  
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Hand Painted Art Pottery Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, art pottery, table lamp features hand painted leaves on a ceramic base with milk glass under shade that the original, brown shade with reflective interior rests o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tall Rembrandt Brass and Glazed Pottery Table Lamp
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing Danish-influenced table lamp, nearly four feet tall, from the custom Mid-Century lighting firm, Rembrandt Lamp Company. Striped and stippled hand-thrown pottery body and bras...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Mid Century Table Lamps Zukov, Rockets, 1960s
By Zukov
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - marked.
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Vintage 1960s Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Mid Century Table Lamps Drevo Humpolec, Czechoslovakia, 1960´s, Set of 2
By Dřevo Humpolec
Located in Prague 8, CZ
These mid century table lamps were made by the Czechoslovak company Drevo Humpolec in the 1960s. The lamps have a wooden base and a glass shade. It’s in very good Vintage condition...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass, Wood

Pair of Large Vetri Swirl Milk Murano Glass Mushroom Lamps
By Murano 5, Gino Vistosi
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very fine large Italian swirl milk Murano glass table lamps. One piece of blown glass design.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

Pair of Mid Century Table Lamps Drukov, Space Age, 1970s
By Drukov
Located in Praha, CZ
- very rare type - marked - nice style of lighting.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1950s Lightolier Carved Walnut Wood and Brass, Milk Glass Lamps, a Pair
By Lightolier
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of Lightolier brass and walnut table lamps. Early Gerard Thurston Design in the 1950s. Measures: 8" W x 8"D x 40"H Glass shade is 6"Diameter Lamp in good condition with some ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Other

Mid-Century Modern Italian Table Lamp by Guglielmo Ulrich, circa 1950
By FILC MIlano 1, Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Amazing table lamp, design it's attributed to Guglielmo Ulrich for F.I.L.C. Milano, golden metal and milk glass, original conditions. Fully restored electrical parts, it works 110-24...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Gold Plate

Unusual Six Globe Chrome Disc Mid Century Modern Table Lamp Symmetrical
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Unusual Mid-Century Modern six globe table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Rembrandt Brass Open Rib Table Lamps with Crystal Ball Centres
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of vase form open rib table lamps with internal crystal spheres. Black lacquered and stepped round disc bases with switch and black lacquered disc cap. Original milk glass diffu...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Metal, Brass

Monumental Glass & Brass Uplighter Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A pair of monumental neoclassical brass and glass uplighter lamps. Torchiere milk glass shades sit on turned brass columns above richly pressed vase tops. Glass vases are hand painte...
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of 1960s Laurel V-809 “Mushroom” Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Raleigh, NC
Gorgeous pair of lamps made by Laurel Lamp Company circa 1960s. These “mushroom” lamps have a glass topper shade that when illuminated, casts a beautiful glow. The pedestal base is b...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Pair of 1960s Laurel V-809 “Mushroom” Lamps
  • Pair of 1960s Laurel V-809 “Mushroom” Lamps
  • Pair of 1960s Laurel V-809 “Mushroom” Lamps
  • Pair of 1960s Laurel V-809 “Mushroom” Lamps
H 12.5 in. W 12.5 in. D 12.5 in.
Rare Vintage Marbled Glass, Mushroom Table Lamp, 1930's
Located in Praha, CZ
Rarely seen, vintage table lamp made of marbled glass. Partially new wiring. The cable is new, connected to an original part. The switch is original and fully functional. Bulbs: 1 x ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Milk Glass

Midcentury Large Italian Milky Glass Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Large table lamp made of milk glass with chrome base. It was made in Italy in the 1960s. It features several variants of color illumination. The lamp is dismountable to two parts. In...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Brown Ceramic Lamp With Abstract Motif
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A mid century modern ceramic lamp with abstract "boomerang" motif. Glossy glaze in dark browns to rich caramels. Original upper milk glass diffuser included. Cloth shade NOT included...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Milk Glass

Tall Tommi Parzinger Style Nickel and Brass Stiffel Lamp with Milk Glass Shade
By Tommi Parzinger, Stiffel
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Slender Hollywood Regency Stiffel brushed and brass nickel table lamp, circa 1960. Includes white milk glass liner shade. Fabric Shade shown for display only (10 H x 14 D top x 18 D ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Idman, Chandelier, Brass, Milk Glass, Rattan, Finland, 1950s
By Idman Oy
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A three armed chandelier. Designed and produced by Idman, 1950s, Finland. Features brass, milk glass, wrapped in dark-stained rattan. Other designers of the period include Paavo T...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Set of Peill and Putzler Blown Glass Table Lamps,Denmark
By Peill & Putzler
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of Peill and Putzler opal glass table-lamps and brass base.labeled.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Table Lamp White Blown Glass by Sergio Asti for Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Sergio Asti
Located in London, GB
Sculptural and minimal table (or floor) lamp Daruma in opaline white blown glass by Fontana Arte 1960s Italy. It is the largest size of six of this model, composed of two elements. I...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass, Milk Glass

Vintage Table Lamp Set with Chrome and White Glass, 1970s Germany
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
A vintage german table lamp set made with chrome and white glass, from the 1970s Beautiful set of two table lamps made of a chrome color base with a small E14 fitting. The glas...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Red & White Acrylic Sculptural Table Lamp by Acrylic Design White Opaline Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern red & white acrylic sculptural table lamp by acrylic designs. The Lamp has a milk glass globe and takes one max. 40 watts light bulb. In perfect working conditio...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chrome Table Light Ingo Maurer, Germany, circa 1967
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage chrome table lamp, which shows a chromed spring base with an opal shade. One socket E 27 and on/off switch. This early version is very rare and documented....
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Gerald Thurston Black Iron Tripod Table Lamps with White Glass Shades
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier black and white table lamps, 1950s. Featuring black enameled steel tripod legs, socket and neck. With white milk glass liner shades and brass f...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

1960s Lisa Johansson-Pape Single Table Lamp
By Lisa Johansson-Pape
Located in Raleigh, NC
Adore absolutely everything about this lamp made by Lisa Johansson-Pape in the 1960’s. The lamp is made from an opaque glass / milk glass material that casts a gorgeous warm glow whe...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Milk Glass

Rocket Table Lamp, 1950s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia in 1950s in so called Brussell style. The lamp is made of colored milk glass and has a brass structure. E14 bulb 25W Original good condition.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Table Lamp from, Czechoslovakia, 1980s
By Jílové u Děčína
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage lamp produced by by Elektroinstala Jilove u Decina in former Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. Very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Milk Glass

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Mid Century Milk Glass Table Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of mid century milk glass table lamps for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mid century milk glass table lamps was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, milk glass and metal. There are all kinds of mid century milk glass table lamps available, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of mid century milk glass table lamps to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Scandinavian Modern mid century milk glass table lamps are of considerable interest. Mid century milk glass table lamps have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí, Rembrandt Lamp Company and Ivan Jakes are consistently popular.

How Much are Mid Century Milk Glass Table Lamps?

Prices for mid century milk glass table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, mid century milk glass table lamps begin at $160 and can go as high as $12,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,354.

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 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.