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Beautiful Very Rare Large Italian Mid Century Tripod Table Lamp or Floor Lamp
Located in München, DE
Beautiful very rare large Italian mid century tripod table lamp or floor lamp. Frame and handle at
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

French Mid-century Tripod Table Lamp, 1950s
By Atelier Design
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Midcentury table lamp, France, 1950s. Table lamp featuring a synthetic fabric slatted shade on a
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Iron

Large Mid-Century Tripod Table Lamp in Teak
By Lyfa
Located in Søborg, DK
A large mid century modern teak tripod table lamp. The body of the lamp is turned teak. The
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Large Mid-Century Tripod Table Lamp in Teak
By Lyfa
Located in Søborg, DK
A large mid century modern teak tripod table lamp. The body of the lamp is turned teak. The
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Large Mid-Century Tripod Table Lamp in Teak
By Lyfa
Located in Søborg, DK
A large Mid-Century Modern teak tripod table lamp. The body of the lamp is turned teak. The three
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Tripod Table Lamp from Josef Hurka
By Napako, Josef Hurka
Located in Vienna, Austria
This table lamp was designed by Josef Hurka in Czechoslovakia for the company Napako in 1954. It
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Tripod Table Lamp from Josef Hurka
Midcentury Tripod Table Lamp from Josef Hurka
H 14.57 in W 8.27 in D 8.27 in
Mid Century tripod table lamp by Josef Hůrka for Napako
By Napako, Josef Hurka
Located in PRAHA 5, CZ
Fantastic mid-century modern tripod table lamp designed by Josef Hurka, featuring a beautiful 1950s
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large Mid-Century Tripod Table Lamp in Brass and Teak
By Lyfa
Located in Søborg, DK
A large mid-century modern teak tripod table lamp. The body of the lamp is turned teak. The three
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Mid Century Tripod Table Lamps Napako, Josef Hurka, 1960s
By Napako, Josef Hurka
Located in Praha, CZ
- marked by label - very nice style of lighting.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Scandinavian Midcentury Tripod Table Lamp in Teak and Glass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Shaped as a Satellite or Lunar Landing vehicle this unusual table light made from solid teak, brass
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Sculpted Walnut & Brass Tripod Table Lamp by Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
. ________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Danish Modern Table Lamp! Laurel Thurston 1950s Brass Tripod Walnut
By Gerald Thurston, Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
RARE ROCKET TRIPOD! MID CENTURY MODERN BRASS & WALNUT LAUREL LAMP! ATOMIC AGE ELEGANCE
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Tripod Table Lamp
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage atomic tripod table lamp, circa 1950s. This unique piece features a cylinder perforated
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Tripod Base Table Lamp by Laurel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Unusual tripod base vintage table lamp by Laurel.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern tripod Table Lamp, France, 1960
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
A mid-century table lamp. In wood, France, 1960. It is in good general condition and works
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut

Beautiful rare Mid Century Modern Rotaflex Tripod table lamp
By Heifetz Rotaflex
Located in München, DE
Very rare Mid Century Modern Rotaflex table lamp with metal tripod frame. Beautiful design, yellow
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Elegant mid century desk lamp with a metal and brass tripod base and a perforated aluminum green
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
Mid Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
H 19.69 in W 8.67 in D 14.97 in
Scandinavian Mid-Century Tripod Brass Table Lamp, Sweden, 1950
By ASEA
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Elegant Swedish table lamp made in 1950 attributed to ASEA. A solid three legged brass base with
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tripod Table Lamp
Located in Long Island City, NY
Tripod table lamp in with brass legs.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Tripod Table Lamp
Tripod Table Lamp
H 11 in Dm 4.5 in
Pair of Mid Century Ceramic Tripod Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Mid Century Ceramic Tripod Lamps, American, circa 1950's. They have been rewired and are
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
Located in Lisboa, PT
a tripod base and an aluminum lamp shade. The lamp shade is articulated so you can position it in
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
Italian Mid-Century Tripod Desk Lamp, 1950s
H 14.57 in W 11.82 in D 11.42 in
Monumental Mid Century Brass Tripod Table Lamp! Claw Foot Decorator Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Peoria, AZ
Elegance in Brass! Mid Century Brass Tripod Table Lamp Claw Foot Tripod Base Brass Ball Motif
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Mid Century Modern Lightolier Tripod Table Lamp Gerald Thurston 1954 "Profile"
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Peoria, AZ
a marvelous Mid Century Modern Icon! The 1954 Tripod Brass & Walnut Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Hagenauer Mid-Century Modern Brass Tripod Table Lamp, 1960s, Austria
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful Hagenauer Werkstätten brass table lamp manufactured in 1960s, Austria. The lamp is made
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tripod table lamp
Located in München, DE
Very elegant table lamp from the 1960s. Great design and high-quality workmanship. The loving
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Tripod table lamp
Tripod table lamp
H 18.9 in Dm 13 in
Beautiful very rare original Mid Century Modern brass tripod table lamp
Located in München, DE
Beautiful rare original Mid Century Modern brass tripod table lamp with fabric lampshade. Typical
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Very elegant original Mid Century brass tripod table lamp original lampshade
Located in München, DE
Very elegant original Mid Century Modern brass tripod table lamp with original lampshade. Beautiful
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Exceptional & Lovely Mid-Century Modern Tripod UFO Table Lamp Germany 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional and highly decorative Mid-Century Modern tripod UFO table lamp. Designed & manufactured
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Tripod Table Lamp by Alfaplex Milano, Italy, 1960
By Alfaplex Milano
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful and rare 1960s Italian tripod table lamp in Perspex, beautiful wood and brass by Alfaplex
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Rattan Wicker and Birch Tripod Table Lamp, Sweden, 1950s
By Stilnovo, J.T. Kalmar
Located in NUEMBRECHT, NRW
This unusual rattan or wicker table lamp was designed and manufactured in Sweden in the 1950s. It
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Rattan, Birch

Italian Tripod Table Lamp
Located in Long Island City, NY
Italian Tripod Table Lamp with a painted saucer shade and brass legs.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Tripod Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Tripod Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel, Brass

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Tripod Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Tripod Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Tripod Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Tripod Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern White Tripod Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Tripod Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern White Tripod Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Tripod Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Petite Mid-Century Modern Tripod Table Lamp in Brass and Granulate, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Petite Mid-Century Modern Tripod Table Lamp in Brass and Granulate, 1960s Dimension Height: 9.25
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Rare 1950s Tripod Table Lamp
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare 1950s tripod Louis Kalff table lamp.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Rare 1950s Tripod Table Lamp
Rare 1950s Tripod Table Lamp
H 14.57 in Dm 9.85 in
Mid Century Modern Yasha Heifetz Table Lamp! Space Age Atomic Era Tripod 1950s
By Heifetz
Located in Peoria, AZ
ICONIC POPULUXE! SPACE AGE! CERAMIC & METAL TRIPOD ROCKET SHIP MCM TABLE LAMP! EPIC STYLE
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Teak Tripod or Sputnik Legged Table Lamp with Textured Shade
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
approximately 1960 and done in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The lamp base is composed of solid teak wood
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wire

Beautiful Mid Century tripod raffia bast table night lamp in very good condition
Located in München, DE
Beautiful Mid Century Modern tripod raffia table or night lamp. Typical 1950s design. Very good
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Tripod Table Lamp made in Brass and Leather, 1960s Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Mid-Century Modern Tripod Table Lamp made in Brass and Leather, 1960s Austria Dimension Height
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

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

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Brass

A Small MID-CENTURY-MODERN MODERNIST Tripod TABLE LAMP by ALFAPLEX, Italy 1950
By Alfaplex Milano
Located in PARIS, FR
A small tripod table lamp or night light, Modernist, Space-Age, Fifties, cylinder in white satin
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plexiglass, Teak

Great Mid Century Modern tripod table lamp by Josef Hurka for Napako Czech
By Napako, Josef Hurka
Located in München, DE
Great Mid Century Modern tripod table lamp by Josef Hurka. Beautiful 50s design in the typical
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Iron

Serge Mouille Tripod Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Serge Mouille tripod table lamp Painted metal. Lit.: Pierre Émile Pralus: Serge Mouille - un
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Serge Mouille Tripod Table Lamp
Serge Mouille Tripod Table Lamp
H 17.7 in W 11.8 in D 11.8 in
Pair! Mid Century Tripod Lamps! Gerald Thurston Lightolier 1950s Designer Decor
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Peoria, AZ
EXQUISITE! PAIR MID CENTURY MODERN TRIPOD TABLE LAMPS BRASS & WOOD ATTRIBUTED TO GERALD THURSTON
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Metal

Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
By Fog & Mørup, Ib Fabiansen, Temde Leuchten
Located in München, DE
Charming raffia table lamp from the 1950s. The design is very unusual. The shape and the
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Raffia, Teak

Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
H 10.63 in Dm 3.94 in
Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
By Temde Leuchten
Located in München, DE
Charming raffia table lamp from the 1950s. The design is very unusual. The shape and the
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
Raffia Bast Tripod Table Lamp
H 11.42 in Dm 5.91 in
Midcentury Brass Telescopic Tripod Table Lamp
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Super brushed brass tripod table lamp. Yellow velvet shade Telescopic so the height can be
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Mid-20th Century English Industrial Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Swirl Pattern Table Lamp
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Utterly unique table lamp with custom lampshade. Protruding swirl pattern throughout, along with
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Tripod Table Lamp Attributed to Pierre Guariche
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Long Island City, NY
French Tripod Table Lamp, attributed to Pierre Guariche. The lamp is crowned by a chic enameled
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Emblamatic Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp Table Lamp
By Editions Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
The wonderful emblematic look-a-like ant lamp by Serge Mouille.
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Little Philips Teak & Glass Tripod Table Lamp
By Philips
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Petite, Mid-Century, table lamp with cigar shaped stripped glass shade. Manufactured by Dutch
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Little Philips Teak & Glass Tripod Table Lamp
Little Philips Teak & Glass Tripod Table Lamp
H 12.75 in W 4.75 in D 4.75 in
Yellow Grashopper Table Lamp Mid Century
Located in Mortsel, BE
The Yellow Grasshopper is a playful and eye-catching table lamp that features a unique and
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Yellow Grashopper Table Lamp Mid Century
Yellow Grashopper Table Lamp Mid Century
H 14.97 in W 7.09 in D 11.82 in
Tripod Table Lamp from 1950's, Spain
Located in Barcelona, ES
Tripod table lamp from 1950's, Spain. Black metal base with brass details, the shade is later in
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Czech mid century modern tripod desk lamp by Helena Frantova for Okolo, Czech.
By Zukov, Helena Frantova
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Mid century modern desk lamp was designed by Helena Frantova and produced by Okolo in the 1950 in
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Mahogany Tripod Snake Feet Floor Lamp Table
Located in Germantown, MD
A Mid-Century Mahogany Tripod Snake Feet Floor Lamp Table. Measure 18" in diameter and stand 60
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Brass Tripod Lamp in the Style of Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Single brass tripod lamps in the style of Robsjohn-Gibbings raised on 6-inch frosted Lucite bases
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning Mid-Century Modern table lamp. Striking French design from the 1950s. Black lacquered
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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Mid Century Tripod Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century tripod table lamp available at 1stDibs. Each mid century tripod table lamp for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and wood. Find 236 options for an antique or vintage mid century tripod table lamp now, or shop our selection of 11 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century tripod table lamp — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century tripod table lamp, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Industrial and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. Gerald Thurston, Lightolier and Serge Mouille each produced at least one beautiful mid century tripod table lamp that is worth considering.

How Much is a Mid Century Tripod Table Lamp?

The average selling price for a mid century tripod table lamp at 1stDibs is $1,641, while they’re typically $6 on the low end and $12,000 for the highest priced.

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 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using 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 influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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

Well-crafted antique and vintage table lamps do 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. Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. 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 affiliated with Art Deco, which originated 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 vintage Art Deco table lamps provide an air of luxury and sophistication that never goes out of style.

After launching in 1934, Anglepoise lamps soon became a favorite among modernist architects and designers, who interpreted the fixture as “a machine for lighting,” just as Le Corbusier had reimagined the house as “a machine for living in.” The popular task light owed to a collaboration between a vehicle-suspension engineer by the name of George Carwardine and a West Midlands springs manufacturer, Herbert Terry & Sons

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, a Murano glass 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.