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White Mid-Century Modern Ellipse Shaped Brass and Enamel Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Ellipse shaped enamel and brass table lamp. Lamp is newly re-wired.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Enamel

Pair of Vintage Industrial Milk Glass O.C. White Wall Task Lamps, Lights Edison
By O.C. White
Located in Oakville, CT
Pair of vintage Industrial milk glass O.C. White wall task lamps, lights with Edison Bulbs. Articulating lamps with cast iron knob adjustment fittings. Milk glass shades measure 9 1/...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron, Metal, Steel

Set of Mid-Century Modern Flygsfors Table Lamps in White by Paul Kedelv
By Flygsfors, Paul Kedelv
Located in Stockholm, SE
A set of two elegant Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sommerso style table lamps in hour glass form. Two-tone glass in white and clear glass in Murano Sommerso style. Pieces of art glass! ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

White Moon Glass Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Prague, CZ
Unique table lamp made in Czechoslovakia. Condition: 10/10 It will fit on your table! H 36 cm x W 35 cm x D 35 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

1950s White Aluminum Table Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara
By Ilmari Tapiovaara, Hienoterä, Paavo Tynell
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
White lacquered aluminum table lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Finland, 1955. Ilmari Tapiovaara floor lamp in white lacquered aluminum with brass details. The white circular metal piec...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Aluminum

Gino Sarfatti Model #1063 Floor Lamp in Black and White
By Astep, Gino Sarfatti, Flos
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model #1063 floor lamp in black and white for Flos / Astep. Designed in 1954, this is an authorized 2013 Astep/Flos re-edition by Alessandro Sarfatti, grandson of Gino ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

Set of Two 1970s Italian Modern Brass, Lucite Desk Lamps
By Arredoluce
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two Lucite desk lamps with brass elements by Arredeluce, Italy, 1970s. A beautiful set of desk lamps with reaching halogen light to read your paper or book through the reach...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of White Wall Lamps by Klaus Hempel for Kaiser Leuchten, 1970s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A pair of Space Age wall lamps by Kaiser made in Germany in the 1970s. It was designed by Klaus Hempel. The body of the lamp is made of full metal and has a beautiful white color. ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

White Flush Mount or Wall Lamp by Klaus Hempel for Kaiser Leuchten, 1970s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A Space Age flush mount or wall lamp by Kaiser made in Germany in the 1970s. It was designed by Klaus Hempel. The body of the lamp is made of full metal and has a beautiful white col...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Pair of White‚ Drop 1’ Wall Lamps by Marc Sadler for Arteluce, Italy, 1993
By Arteluce
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A pair of wall lamps by Marc Sadler for Arteluce made in Italy in 1993. The shade of the lamp is made of silicon and has a beautiful white color. The base is made of hard plastic.  
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Plastic, Silicone

Large Quantity of RAAK Sconces or Wall Lamp in White NOS Original Boxed
By RAAK
Located in Berlin, DE
We can offer a large quantity of RAAK sconces in mint condition. All labeled! To be on the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally by a specialist concerning local requirements...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

White Molded Acrylic Three-Sided Table Lamp
By Neal Small
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Striking white molded three-sided acrylic table lamp with chrome fasteners by Neal Small Design, Inc., circa 1968.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Midcentury Maclamp by Terence Conran Desk Lamp in White
By Sir Terence Conran
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Vintage Maclamp desk/table lamp in white with much sought-after wooden arms. Designed by Terence Conran for Habitat in the 1950s, this lamp is an icon of the 1950-1960s period. ...
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Mid-20th Century English Table Lamps

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Metal

Crème White Library Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1949
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Very nice table lamp for desk or library with two shades and carved wooden shaft made by Stilnovo in 1949.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Crème White Library Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1949
  • Crème White Library Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1949
  • Crème White Library Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1949
  • Crème White Library Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1949
H 13.78 in. W 13.78 in. D 5.52 in.
Lento, White Table Lamp, Jo Hammerborg, Fog & Mørup, 1967, Stylish Desk Light
By Jo Hammerborg, Fog & Mørup
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Lento table lamp is designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup in 1967 - this version is from the White Line, produced in 1969 - rare white desk light in very good, near excellent, vi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Rare White Glass Table Lamp by Ivan Jakes, Osvetlovaci Sklo, Czechoslovakia 1970
By Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí, Ivan Jakes
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful and unique table lamp made of matte, pure white triplex opal glass. Designed by Ivan Jakes for Osvetlovaci Sklo company in Czechoslovakia in 1970s. This unique model is not...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Rare White Glass Table Lamp by Ivan Jakes, Osvetlovaci Sklo, Czechoslovakia 1970
By Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí, Ivan Jakes
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful and unique table lamp made of matte, pure white triplex opal glass. Designed by Ivan Jakes for Osvetlovaci Sklo company in Czechoslovakia in 1970s. This unique model is not...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Opaline Glass

Stilnovo Extendable Wall Arm Lamp in Black and White, 1957
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare wall arm lamp edited by Stilnovo in 1957. The wall arm swivels 180 degrees and is extendable up to 140cm. The height of the lampshade is adjustable as well by simply pulling t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Metal

Cocktail Pendant Pair by Henning Rehhof, Fog & Mørup, 1971, Red & White Lamps
By Henning Rehhof, Fog & Mørup
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Cocktail pendant pair by Henning Rehhof in 1971 and produced by Fog & Mørup - Rare and very attractive pair of red and white hanging lamps! The spectacular Cocktail is made up of ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Tivoli Pendant, Black and White Lamp, Jorn Utzon, 1947, Nordisk Solar Compagni
By Nordisk Solar Co., Jørn Utzon
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
Tivoli pendant designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1947 and produced by Nordisk Solar Compagni - Very attractive white and black hanging lamp in good vintage condition! Thi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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

Kaiser Midcentury White 7-Arm Space Age Floor Lamp, 1960s, Germany
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury floor lamp by Kaiser made in Germany in the 1960s. It is fascinating with its Space Age design and seven opaque balls. The white circular body of the light is made of fu...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Standing Lamp with Three Arms in White by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

Kaiser Midcentury Brass and White 4-Arm Space Age Floor Lamp, 1960s, Germany
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury floor lamp by Kaiser made in Germany in the 1960s. It is fascinating with its Space Age design and four opaque balls. The bottom of the light is made of full metal. The ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Red and White 4-Arm Space Age Floor Lamp Attributed to Kaiser, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury floor lamp attributed to Kaiser made in Germany in the 1960s. It is fascinating with its Space Age design and four cone shaped opaque balls. The bottom of the light is m...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Goatskin Table Lamp by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass base covered with goatskin fitted with two E27 sockets. Made in the early 1960 in Italy by Aldo Tura. Age and signs of use. Screens with minor damage or stains. Vintage orig...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Midcentury Goatskin Table Lamp by Aldo Tura
  • Midcentury Goatskin Table Lamp by Aldo Tura
  • Midcentury Goatskin Table Lamp by Aldo Tura
  • Midcentury Goatskin Table Lamp by Aldo Tura
H 18.12 in. W 10.24 in. D 15.36 in.
Pair of Contemporary Lamps Cubic Murano Glass and Brass
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Huge pair of contemporary table lamps cubic pressed Murano glass block and brass elements. Few exclusive production from a small Italian design workshop. In the style of Mazzega, Pol...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

White Porcelain Vintage Industrial Opaline Glass Wall Lamp Scone
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial ceiling lamp. White porcelain, white opaline glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Measures: Diameter foot 10 cm Suitable for 110 volt USA new wiring is CE certified (220 volt)...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Wall Lights and Sconces

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Porcelain, Glass, Opaline Glass

1960s Golden Brass Ceiling Lamp by Paavo Tynell 'c'
By Taito Oy, Paavo Tynell
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Brass and etched glass, ceiling lamp by Paavo Tynell, Finland, 1965. Very elegant counterweight pendant designed by famous Finnish Paavo Tynell in brass, tapered with etched glass...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

AJ Floor Lamp, Arne Jacobsen, Louis Poulsen, 1957. the Classic White Floor Light
By Louis Poulsen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
AJ floor lamp, classic floor lamp designed by the world renowned Arne Jacobsen in 1957, produced for Louis Poulsen - and this vintage edition is in very good vintage condition! Iconi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel, Zinc

Isamu Noguchi Early Edition Floor Lamp, Japan, 1950
By Isamu Noguchi, Akari
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A stunning tripod floor lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, manufactured by Akari in Japan around 1950. This eye-catching piece is made of beautifully folded paper with bamboo / woode...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century White Glazed Porcelain Lamps, Shell Motif
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Mid-Century white glazed porcelain lamps, shell motif.
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Jane & Gordon Martz Mid Century White Ceramic Lamp
By Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Countryside, IL
Jane & Gordon Martz mid century white ceramic lamp This piece measures 5.5 wide x 5.5 deep x 15.5 inches high and weighs 2.7 pounds This lamp is in excellent vintage condition. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Jane & Gordon Martz Mid Century White Ceramic Lamp
By Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Countryside, IL
Jane & Gordon Martz mid century white ceramic lamp This piece measures 6.5 wide x 6.5 deep x 12 inches high and weighs 3 pounds This lamp is in excellent vintage condition. Ea...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamps with Drip Design
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century white ceramic table lamps with drip design (priced as pair).       
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

Pair of Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamps with Drip Design
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century white ceramic table lamps with drip design (priced as pair).
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20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century White Table Lamp, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Germany - made of glass - re-polished - fully functional - good, original condition.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

  • Mid-Century White Table Lamp, 1970's
  • Mid-Century White Table Lamp, 1970's
  • Mid-Century White Table Lamp, 1970's
  • Mid-Century White Table Lamp, 1970's
H 9.45 in. W 4.73 in. D 4.73 in.
Mid Century White Ceramic Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A pair of white ceramic table lamps. Fronts are decorated with a printed water lily motif in pink and green, framed with lilies in yellow. Wired and working. Each lamp measures 19.5"...
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Late 20th Century Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century White Marble Swedish Table Lamps '3'
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A run of up to three marble table lamps. Sweden, c1950s. Available individually. Some knicks and dings and wear commensurate with age but generally good condition. Si...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Table Lamps

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Marble

French Mid Century White Porcelain, Platinum Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Mid-Century Modern white porcelain lamps with hand applied platinum glaze stripes. Rewired for use in the USA using brushed nickel fittings, 100W max.
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20th Century French Modern Table Lamps

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Platinum

Pair Mid Century White Lacquered Metal Floor Lamps
Located in Madrid, ES
A pair of mid-20th century floor lamps, made of white lacquered metal with ocher color in the middle bordered with a brass ring,the measurements with the lampshade <llas of lamps is ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of 1960s table lamps have been professionally restored, hand-crafted out of ceramics, and features new shades. The ceramic vases have a crackled design with a beautiful glazed...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Mid Century White Frosted Murano Lamps
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of Italian 1950s white frosted glass Murano lamps with antique nickel hardware and 3-way sockets. Very good vintage condition. Not sold with shades. Ref #: LT0608-02 Dimens...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

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Glass

Mid-Century White Bakelite Table or Wall Lamp, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - made of bakelite - Good original condition. - Fully functional.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bakelite

Mid Century White Italian Murano Glass Lamp with Inclusions
Located in Buchanan, NY
Very simple and elegant Italian Murano glass lamp. The handblown tear-shaped glass has inclusions throughout. The lamp is fitted on a richly patinated base and has a brass neck fitti...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

Vetri Murano, a Rare Italian Mid-Century White Opaque Glass Mushroom Lamp
By Murano 5
Located in London, GB
Vetri Murano. A rare Italian midcentury white opaque glass mushroom lamp. Marked 'vetro eseguito da maestri di murano - Made in Italy' & 'Vetri Murano'.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Mid-Century White Palm Tree Table Lamp by Hans Kögl, 1970s
By Hans Kögl
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous palm tree table lamp in white color by Hans Kögl (Koegl) with three small light sockets. Made in Italy. Wonderful eye-catcher in any Boho and Hollywood Regency style inter...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century White Steel Adjustable Floor Lamp Samurai Made by Italian Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Elegant and minimalist halogen floor lamp Samurai by Stilnovo made of steel. The light switch allows two different light intensities. The lamp is adjustable in two ways. Measurement...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Pair of Large Italian Radical Design /Mid-century White Murano Glass Table Lamps
By Carlo Nason
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern mold blown white Murano milk glass table lamps by Carlo Nason. The lamps are space age in concept and design and function both practically an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Pair of Italian Mid-Century White-Turquois Murano Glass Table Lamps Signed ITRE
By ITRE
Located in Salzburg, AT
Tube shaped white-turquois Murano glass table lamps with abstract turquoise-blue decoration (backside without decoration) on a black lacquered metal socle of 6 x 25 cm. Signed with ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Wall Lamps Mid-Century White Enameled Metal 6-Light Italian Design 1970s
Located in Palermo, IT
These two six-light wall lamps have an oval-shaped structure in white enameled metal with three round diffusers in chromed aluminum. Italian production of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Chrome, Iron

Marbro Caged White Murano Glass Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Modernist Mid-Century white Murano glass lamp with 22-karat gold dust inclusions. Lamp body is "caged" in a brass structure and rests on a Lucite disc base. Wired with clear cord.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Large Mid Century Ceramic "Infinity" Table Lamp w/ Shade by James Mont
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Large Mid Century white ceramic "Infinity" table lamp featuring repeating infinity pattern with a ripped neck. The lamp is fixed to a black lacquered base and topped with bronze cap ...
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Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Tommaso Barbi Midcentury Glazed White Ceramic Italian Table Lamp, 1970s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Roma, IT
Iconic large mid-century white glazed ceramic lamp. It was made in Italy during the 1970s and is in the style of Tommaso Barbi. The body in white glazed ceramic, with the pattern ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Tommaso Barbi Midcentury White Ceramic and Faux Bamboo Italian Table Lamp, 1970s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Roma, IT
Iconic large mid-century white glazed ceramic lamp with bamboo effect. This fantastic piece was made in Italy during the 1970s and is in the style of Tommaso Barbi. The body is in...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Brass & White Laminate Top by Laurel Lamp Company Floor Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Diego, CA
Great design and a very are floor table lamp designed by Laurel Lighting Company, circa 1950's freshly rewired a brass polished finish, The lampshade it's not included. nice conditio...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice yellow enamel Mid-Century Modern table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century Modern White Tulip Base Table Lamp with White Round Globe by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool tulip base table lamp with matte white round globe by Laurel Lamp Company, 1960s. Great look for your credenza or library setting. All original, rewiring recommended.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern White Lucite Table Lamp with Side Planter by Moss Lighting
By Moss Lamp Co. 1
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-Century Modern white and clear Lucite acrylic sculptural table lamp by Moss Lighting on green metal base.
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Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
Located in Esperance, NY
Large mid-century ceramic white table lamp.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
  • Large Mid-Century Ceramic White Table Lamp
H 40.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
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Midcentury Lamp White For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury lamp white available at 1stDibs. A midcentury lamp white — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a midcentury lamp white, we have 316 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the midcentury lamp white you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A midcentury lamp white made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury lamp white that is appealing in its simplicity, but Stilnovo, J.T. Kalmar and Kaiser Leuchten produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Lamp White?

Prices for a midcentury lamp white start at $245 and top out at $19,652 with the average selling for $1,600.

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 Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.