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Vintage Studio Pottery Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Studio Pottery lamp with brass harp and finial. Shade included. Offered by Neal Beckstedt
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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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.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Chamotte Stoneware Table Lamp for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian modern rare ceramic lamp by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden. The lamp was made in the 1940s of chamotte clay and finished with a cream colored luster glaze. Original...
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Gunnar Nylund Chamotte Stoneware Table Lamp for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern rare vintage ceramic table lamp by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden. The lamp was made in the 1940s of chamotte clay and finished with a mustard colored luster...
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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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...
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Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of midcentury bottle form table lamps, circa 1960s-1970s. These ivory glazed ceramic lamps are designed with a sleek silhouetted profile. Shades not included. Overall dimens...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Round Ceramic Table Lamp by Bruno Gambone, Signed
By Bruno Gambone
Located in New York, NY
A round, striped stoneware table lamp with shade by Bruno Gambone, signed on bottom. Recently rewired for US specifications, Italy, circa 1950. Available to see in our NYC Showroom ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Ceramic TOTEM Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier ceramic TOTEM lamp, in excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Ceramic TOTEM Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier ceramic TOTEM lamp, in excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Fantastic Georges Pelletier Ceramic TOTEM Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Fantastic Georges Pelletier ceramic TOTEM lamp, in excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Sun Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier fantastic ceramic lamp, in excellent condition.  
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Sun Lamp
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  • Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Sun Lamp
H 23.63 in. W 15.75 in. D 6.3 in.
Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Black Sun Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier fantastic ceramic sun lamp, In excellent condition.  
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Black Sun Lamp
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  • Georges Pelletier Fantastic Ceramic Black Sun Lamp
H 24.41 in. W 18.12 in. D 7.09 in.
Fantastic Pair of Georges Pelletier Ceramic Sun Lamp
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier ceramic lamp. Two pieces. In excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Fantastic Pair of Ceramic Black Sun Lamps
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Megeve, FR
Georges Pelletier fantastic ceramic sun lamp, two pieces In excellent condition.   
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Ceramic Table Lamp by Gerd Hiort Petersen, Soholm, 1960, Midcentury Table Light
By Gerd Hiort Petersen, Søholm Stentøj
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Ceramic table lamp, no. 3025 by Gerd Hiort Petersen for Søholm, Denmark in circa 1960, sand and dark brown glazed ceramic lamp stand with vintage fabric shade included, all in excell...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Red Table Lamp by Einar Johansen, Soholm, 1960s, Danish Modern Table Light
By Einar Johansen, Søholm Stentøj
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Red table lamp, No 1080-2 by Einar Johansen for Soholm Stentøj in the 1960s - gorgeous rich red glazed pottery lamp stand with cream white fabric shade included, all in excellent vin...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval Ceramic Table Lamp, circa 1970
By Roger Capron
Located in Megeve, FR
Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval ceramic table lamp, circa 1970, in excellent condition. Measure: H 46cm without lampshade. Price without lampshade: 4000 euros.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval Pair of Ceramic Table Lamps, circa 1970
By Roger Capron
Located in Megeve, FR
Fantastic Roger Capron and Jean Derval pair of ceramic table lamps, circa 1970, in excellent condition. Measures: H 46cm without lampshade. (Price without lampshades: 8000 euros).
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

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...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Wood

Mid-Century Pineapple White Porcelain Table Lamp by Zaccagnini, Italy 1960s
By Urbano Zaccagnini
Located in Palermo, IT
Urbano Zaccagnini design table lamp, produced in Italy in the 1960s. Ceramic structure in the shape of a pineapple. Fabric lampshade. Hand painted brand name on the bottom. Wear cons...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Textile

Vintage Ifö of Sweden Ceramic Bathroom Lamps with Opaline Shades from the 1960s
By Ifö Electric
Located in Søborg, DK
A pair of vintage Ifö of Sweden ceramic bathroom lamps from the 1960s in grey NOS new old stock never used and with the original boxes Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte. Opaline glas...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Tall Table Light by Danish Knabstrup Keramik, 1960s. Vintage Shade Included
By Knabstrup
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Tall table light by unspecified designer for Knabstrup Keramik in the 1960s - absolutely gorgeous burgundy ceramic lamp Stand with vintage shade included, all in excellent vintage co...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Textile, Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp. Reeded ceramic and walnut Mid-Century Modern table lamp. In very good original condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in Norwalk, CT
Very Palm Springs! Super glam. A sculptural Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp, circa 1950s. Black and white chic with new wiring and a new black shade with gold liner. Lamp measures 10...
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Vintage 1950s Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Selection of Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamps, circa 1950s. From left to right, they are: 1) French ceramic lamp, circa 1950s. Signed made in France underneath. It measures 21" hei...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamps in a Sandstone Strata
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Mid Century Modern Ceramic Lamps in a Sandstone Strata, American, circa 1950's. Great sandstone colors. The wood bases and metal hardware have been refinished in an ultra dee...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Swirl Lamp. Studio hand formed organic earthenware having swirl glaze with interesting abstract to the neck. Beautiful glaze pattern very nice example of t...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Earthenware

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...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Tall Honey Glazed Ceramic Cylindrical Lamps w/ Geometric Texture 'Pair'
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of large, poised, Mid-Century Modern, ceramic lamps with imprinted grooves creating subtle texture; in a versatile, rich honey color, new brass bases, and 3-way socket. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Green Ceramic Swirl Texture Lamp w/ Walnut Neck & Brass Base
Located in San Francisco, CA
A striking, Mid-Century Modern, ceramic lamp with a carved swirl motif and complex green glaze. Accented beautifully with a long, walnut wood neck and a brass base. Newly rewired. Me...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Black Glazed Ceramic Lamp with Chrome Base
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp was realized in the United States, circa 1960. It features an organic protuberant form finished in a lustrous black glaze that extends ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modernist Black Glazed Ceramic Lamp with Chrome Base
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamp was realized in the United States, circa 1960. It features an organic protuberant form finished in a lustrous black glaze that extends ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Black Glazed Ceramic Lamps w/ Chrome Bases
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful pair of Mid-Century Modern ceramic lamps were realized in the United States, circa 1960. They feature an organic protuberant form- full of sinuous curves- finished in ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Swedish Colorful Ceramic Midcentury Lamp with Birds by Tilgmans Keramik, 1960s
By Tilgmans Keramik
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Unique hand decorated Swedish mid-century modern ceramic lamp attributed to Tilgmans Keramik. One yellow, one rose colored bird sitting on a branch with light green leaves on blue/bl...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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

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Brass

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

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp
By Guido Gambone, Marco Fantoni
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. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Wood

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

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Tubular Lamp, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
This artisan piece has a punched-trough design with plenty of holes to let light through. It's a glazed ceramic piece in mid-century modern style, in orange and yellow color, from th...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp, 1970s New lampshade.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pr. Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Stylish pair of Mid-Century table lamps having textured ceramic surfaces with smooth glaze triangular panels. The textured ground is a bronze / brown tone, the triangular panels are ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Small Lamp
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern ceramic small lamp. Hand made in Sylvie Barbara French workshop. Unique piece. E27 bulb. Shade included.
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2010s French Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Small Lamp
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern ceramic small lamp. Handmade in Sylvie Barbara French workshop. Unique piece. E27 bulb. Shade included.
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2010s French Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Large Lamp
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century modern scandinavian lamp in ceramic with original shade in linen. New electrical system brought up to EU standard. E27 bulb.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Lamps in Orange Ceramic
Located in Dallas, TX
A very nice pair of Mid-Century Modern table lamps is a crackled ceramic. Bright orange. Pretty shades that look to be silk. Dimensions are to top of harp and diameter is the shade.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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.  
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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H 10.24 in. W 7.49 in. D 7.49 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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

American Mid-Century Modern Glazed Ceramic Lamp
Located in Buchanan, NY
A very simple and elegant black glazed ceramic lamp. American, circa 1960. Very good vintage condition. Not sold with shade. Ref #: LT0512-18 Dimensions: 26”H x 6.25”W x 6.25”D
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid Century Modern Ceramic Painted Lamps
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful Pair of Mid Century Modern ceramic painted lamps. Wood bottom, shade included.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Wood

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  • Pair of Mid Century Modern Ceramic Painted Lamps
H 34.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Huge Pair Of Orange Drip Glaze Lamps Mid-century Modern Danish
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent huge pair of orange drip glaze lamps with light up bottoms. These amazing lamps retain their original huge drum shades with textured wool trim. The lamps make a huge st...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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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 Perigourdine.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Matt Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
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  • 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.
Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Ceramic Owl Lamps, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two ceramic owl table lamps. Measures: Diameter 44 cm. Height 82 cm. Height ceramic base 50 cm. Total height without shade 77 cm. One E27 bulb. Shades shown are for demonstration pu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp - Belgium, 1950s European.
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp, Belgium
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern White Ceramic Lamp, 1960s, USA
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful single lamp in unique form in white ceramic.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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Mid Century Modern Ceramic Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century modern ceramic lamp you’re looking for. Frequently made of ceramic, metal and brass, every mid century modern ceramic lamp was constructed with great care. There are 4442 variations of the antique or vintage mid century modern ceramic lamp you’re looking for, while we also have 78 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century modern ceramic lamp, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century modern ceramic lamp, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century modern ceramic 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 Modern Ceramic Lamp?

Prices for a mid century modern ceramic lamp start at $6 and top out at $34,975 with the average selling for $1,800.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. A well-crafted antique or vintage table lamp does more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or creative element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

After industrial milestones such as mass production took hold in the Victorian era, various design movements sought to bring craftsmanship and innovation back to this indispensable household item. Lighting designers during the Art Deco movement, originating in the glamorous roaring ’20s, sought to celebrate modern life by fusing modern metals with dark woods and dazzling colors in the fixtures of the era. The geometric shapes and gilded details of an Art Deco table lamp provide an air of luxury and sophistication that never goes out of style.

Some mid-century modern table lamps, particularly those created by the likes of Joe Colombo and the legendary lighting artisans at Fontana Arte, bear all the provocative hallmarks associated with Space Age design. Sculptural and versatile, the Louis Poulsen table lamps of that period were revolutionary for their time and still seem innovative today.

If you are looking for something more contemporary, industrial table lamps are demonstrative of a newly chic style that isn’t afraid to pay homage to the past. They look particularly at home in any rustic loft space amid exposed brick and steel beams.

Before you buy a desk lamp or table lamp for your living room, consider your lighting needs. The Snoopy lamp, designed in 1967, or any other “banker’s lamp” (shorthand for the Emeralite desk lamps patented by H.G. McFaddin and Company), provides light at a downward angle that is perfect for writing, while the Fontana table lamp and the beloved Grasshopper lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman each yield a soft and even glow. Some table lamps require lampshades to be bought separately.

Whether it’s a classic antique Tiffany table lamp or even a bold avant-garde fixture custom-made by a contemporary design firm, the right table lamp can completely transform a room. Find the right one for you on 1stDibs.