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Italian Floor Lamp with Red Metal Shade
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian floor light in the style of Stilnovo with articulating red shade, brass stem and counter weight ball foot. Newly produced in Italy and newly rewired.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Hand Painted Porcelain Table Lamp with Hand Embroidered Linen Shade
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Vintage hand painted porcelain and metal table lamp with beautiful hand embroidered linen lamp shade, Portugal, 1930s. The lamp has been rewired: One E27 light bulb socket. Total h...
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Mid-20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Metal

Laurel Brushed Aluminium Floor Lamp Mushroom Shade
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Denver, CO
The iconic 1960s midcentury Laurel lighting floor lamp. Brushed aluminium tulip style base and stem topped with a satin Scandinavian glass "mushroom" shade. Three-way switch allow...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mercury Shade Metal Adjustable Mid-Century Floor Lamps '2'
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
English mid-century floor lamps pair with antique mercury glass reflector shades. Available individually. Two available. England, c1960s. Adjustable in many ways so funct...
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Mid-20th Century British Floor Lamps

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Metal

Very Nice Mid-Century Modern Metal Bedside Lamp with Adjustable Shade
Located in München, DE
Beautiful cute Mid-Century Modern metal bedside lamp. Great design. The shade can be moved up and down continuously. Very high quality and solid made entirely of metal, only the ne...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Green German Mid-Century Modern Metal desk lamp with flexible shade
Located in Berlin, DE
Vintage Green German Mid-Century Modern Metal desk lamp with flexible shade This desk lamp was produced in Germany in the 1960s. It is made of metal. It has three bulbs and the shade...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large Metal Ceramic Gord Shape Mid-century Table Lamp with Original Shade
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Large midcentury oversize metal lamp with original shade. The base is metal and in a gord shape. Top of base features beautifully intricate designs. Lamp comes with the original clot...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Modernist Laurel Chrome Bouillotte Style Table Lamp Metal Mesh Umbrella Shade
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Miami, FL
A 1960s modern take on the bouilotte lamp, this chrome four light table lamp is from the Laurel Lamp Co. In excellent condition and with a black painted square wood base upon which t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

1950s Metal Shaded Swivel Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Swivel table lamp with a yellow metal shade, from the 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • 1950s Metal Shaded Swivel Lamp
  • 1950s Metal Shaded Swivel Lamp
  • 1950s Metal Shaded Swivel Lamp
  • 1950s Metal Shaded Swivel Lamp
H 18 in. Dm 14.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Blackened and Chrome Metal Circular Shade Table or Desk Lamp
By Louis Kalff
Located in Lisse, NL
Stylish and rare midcentury modern desk lamp in the manner of Louis Kalff. Both figuratively and literally, this 1950s or 60s fixture is perfect for bringing light to your Mid-Centu...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Black Metal Floor Lamp with Adjustable Arm & Round Ball Shade
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern swing arm black metal floor lamp with round ball shade. Uses a max. 60 watts light bulb and has a switch at the round shade. Can be positioned in different angle...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Linen Shade Floor Lamp, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modern 1960's floor lamp equipped with a tube designed shade in linen gives a soft light and beautiful accent to your interior. In Original good condition. Also available in a set o...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Metal Floor Lamp with blue Shade France c.1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern floor lamp, which was made out of black lacquered metal and designed and manufactured France 1950s. A tripod curved lamp base gives the floor lamp a certain elegan...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Beautiful Floor Lamp with Metal Shade
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have over 3000 antique sconces and over 1000 antique lights, if you need a specific pair of sconces or lights; use the "Contact Dealer" button to ask us, we might have it in our s...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

  • Beautiful Floor Lamp with Metal Shade
  • Beautiful Floor Lamp with Metal Shade
  • Beautiful Floor Lamp with Metal Shade
  • Beautiful Floor Lamp with Metal Shade
H 54 in. W 21.05 in. D 21.05 in.
Metal Cast Agave Lamp with Shade
Located in Dallas, TX
This hollow, metal cast lamp has decorative handmade layered Agave leaves fanning out around the lamp in a radial pattern. They are perched atop the lamp body and base. This item com...
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Metal

Tubular Brass Metal Desk Lamp, Yellow Diablo Shade, Italian Mid-20th Century
Located in London, GB
A mid-20th century Italian desk lamp with tubular brass base and adjustable diablo form lamp shade in yellow lacquer with pierced rim. Currently wired for the UK.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Bent Tube Base Adjustable Metal Cup Shape Shade Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Unusual design mid-century modern vintage floor lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Architectural Metal Table Lamp with Lucite Shade
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Architectural metal table lamp with plastic shade. Nice simple look and design, probably dates to the late 1970's or early 80's. Body is painted black with a white shade, two sockets...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Brass Metal and Black Shade Table Lamp
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Brass metal and black shade table lamp Measures: Diameter of the sputnik 25 cm (10 inches).
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1960s Mid-Century Modern Style Double Shade Floor Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Mid-Century Modern style floor lamp circa 1960 features double adjustable shades made of metal with brass and wood details. The lamp also had its original wiring to US standard ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern String Legs Floor Lamp with Braided Shade
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Mid-Century Modern string legs floor lamp with braided shade. Executed in metal and jute cord, the lamp needs 1 x E27 / E 26 Edison screw fit bulb, is wired, and in working condit...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Vintage MCM Table Lamp with Frosted White Glass Mushroom Shade by Laurel Lamp Co
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Amazing vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamp with frosted white glass mushroom shade by Laurel Lamp Company. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Floor Lamp with Black Metal Shade
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian floor light in the style of Stilnovo with articulating black shade, brass stem and counter weight ball foot. Newly produced in Italy and newly rewired.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Small Vintage Desk Lamp with Green Metal Shade
Located in New York, NY
Articulated metal shade. Handsome finishes. Good patina. Rewire required. Measures: Base 6 x 4" Height 12.5" Shade 4.5 x 7".
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Caged Wire Base Drum Shade Painted Table Lamp
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a one-of-a-kind retro Mid-Century Modern table lamp with a caged wire-base and drum shade. This lamp has a painted metal and wire base. The drum shade sits on a glass shad...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Cross Base 68 Tall Metal Dish Shade Floor Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Vintage Mid-Century Modern dish shape shade floor lamp in brass or bronze finish.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Tripod Floor Lamp with Plastic Basket Shade
Located in München, DE
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern tripod floor lamp with basket shade made of plastic straps. Great minimalistic 1950s design. Produces a very pleasant warm light. Very good original v...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Metal and Brass Tripod Desk Lamp with Perforated Shade
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This metal and brass desk lamp, c.1960s, Italy, in the style of Stilnovo, is a beautifully moody accent piece. It features a minimalist enameled black steel body and shade with brass...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Adjustable Tilt Head Shade Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp with Dimmer
By George Kovacs, Arredoluce
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice Italian modern floor lamp with dimmer. Adjustable shade. Black enamel finish.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

French 1940s Painted Metal Table Lamp with Wax Shade
Located in Santa Monica, CA
French 1940s Painted Metal Table Lamp with Wax Shade
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Mid-20th Century French Table Lamps

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Metal

Wonderful Large German Mid Century Solid Wood Design Floor Lamp Without a Shade
Located in München, DE
Wonderful large German mid century solid wood design floor lamp without a shade. Great 1950s design in a very good vintage condition. Complete lamp is made of solid wood. 100% ori...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Joe Colombo White Metal Floor Lamp with Arched Shade, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970s Joe Colombo metal floor lamp with white metal base and arched shade and chrome arm.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Caged Wire Base Drum Shade Painted Tall Table Lamp
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a one of a kind custom made Mid-Century Modern table lamp with a caged wire-base and drum shade. This lamp has a painted metal and wire base. The drum shade sits on a glas...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Black and Transparent Stacked Lucite Floor Lamp Enamel Shade
Located in Miami, FL
Stacked black acrylic segments separated by transparent Lucite rings tall floor lamp. The top cone shade part is made of metal and painted in black and white enamel. The clear base...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Enamel

PH 3-1/2 2-1/2 Patented, Table Lamp, Metal, Yellow Matt Opal Shade, 1933
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
PH 3-1/2 2-1/2 patented. Table lamp with burnished metal frame and yellow matt opal shades with continuous switch from 1933. The lamp appears in very good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Opal, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chromed Vintage Table Lamps with Lavender Shade 1960s France
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of Mid-Century Modern chromed vintage table lamps with renewed lavender colored chintz fabric shades. The elegant and sophisticated combination of chromed color and lavender ...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Brass and Metal Double Shade Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Awesome 1950s Italian midcentury table lamp. With upright brass plated lampshade and goose neck reflecting lampshade. Metal pieces are black lacquered. Both lampshades are adjustable.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

German Modernist Brass and Metal Table Lamp with Pivoting Shade
Located in Brooklyn, NY
German modernist table lamp composed of a white metal pivoting cylindrical shade supported by a brass stem / base with brass accents. Original white paint / naturally patinated bra...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wood Tripod Leg Floor Lamp with Glass Shade
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful minimalism floor lamp made in Denmark. The lamp has a nice glass shade. The wood color remains in good condition. The light is in full working order, but as with all our li...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

1950s Mid Century Val St Lambert Twisted Purple Crystal Lamp Base Inc Shade
By Val Saint Lambert
Located in London, GB
1950s Val St Lambert, purple and clear glass, twisted crystal lamp base with a vintage brass light fitting. Hand blown in heavy lead crystal glass in Belgium. The brand new deep pink...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wire, Metal, Brass

Danish Mid-Century Tue Poulsen Rustic Stoneware Table Lamp 1970s with New Shade
By Tue Poulsen
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Rustic table lamp by Danish ceramist Tue Poulsen (born 1939). Made ca. 1970s in Tue Poulsen´s own studio. The base is made of chamotte clay and is decorated with stripes in earth br...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Chromed Table Lamp with Green Shade France circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp from chromed metal designed and manufactured circa 1950 France. A chromed base and a renewed lamp shade covered with lemon green textile fabric....
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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

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Metal, Chrome

1950s White Metal Shade and Brass Table Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Paavo Tynell, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Table lamp, white metal shade and brass stem, Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1958. Subtle table lamp in white lacquered metal shade and brass stem with details in leather by Tapio Wirkk...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Black Enameled Metal Table Lamp with Articulating Shade, USA Circa 1940
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Table or desk lamp in black enameled metal with an ovoid shaped articulating shade, a tubular stem that connects the shade to the ball joint on the ovoid shaped base, allowing for ba...
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Metal

Brutalist Metal Sculptured Table Lamp with Raw Woolen Structured Shade
Located in Voorburg, NL
Expressive Brutalist Table lamp made in France in the 1970s. Beautiful Heavy and Large lamp base with Bold Abstract Brass Sculptured accents. Comes with a matching original Raw Woole...
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Mid-20th Century French Brutalist Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Midcentury Metal Table Lamp with Plastic Shade by Schanzenbach, Germany
By G. Schanzenbach & Co. Frankfurt a.M. 1
Located in München, DE
Large, very rare midcentury table lamp with plastic shade. Nickel-plated metal frame. Manufacturer is Schanzenbach & Co. Made in Germany Made in the 1950s. Great Art Deco design in ...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Nickel

Large Streamline White Enamel Metal Desk Lamp with Saucer Shade, 1940s
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Generous Fase Style Machine Age all white reading desk lamp with white saucer shade and brass details. Featuring a White enameled metal Streamline arm, 15D White enameled Shade, Bras...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Streamlined Moderne Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Modernist Three Shade Brass and Metal Floor Lamp with Planter
By Mathieu Matégot, Stiffel
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist three shade brass and metal floor lamp with planter, classic Mid-Century Modern design, three perforated metal cylindrical shades, brass frame and pottery planter inset to ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

1960s French Brass Metal Nautilus Shell Table Lamp with Shade
By Maison Charles
Located in Wichita, KS
French brass metal nautilus shell table lamp Maison Charles Black shade with gold interior is included.
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Mid-20th Century French Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Modernist Floor Lamp Art Enamel on Metal Acrylic Shade, Angelo Brotto
By Angelo Brotto
Located in London, GB
An original midcentury floor lamp. Abstract artistic multi colored enameled cylindrical metal structure with a white cylindrical acrylic shade. Italian design by Angelo Brotto for Es...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Beautiful Midcentury Brass Table Bedside Lamp with Perforated Metal Shade
Located in München, DE
Beautiful midcentury brass table bedside lamp with perforated metal shade. Very nice design of the 1950s with great patina. Shade can be continuously turned up and down. The whole...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Very Rare Midcentury Italian Modern Floor Lamp with Fiberglass Shade and Metal
Located in München, DE
Very rare midcentury Italian modern floor lamp with fiberglass shade. Frame in black lacquered metal. Legs in typical hairpin style. Beautiful Minimalist design. Made in Italy. 100% ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Extraordinary Large Italian Space Age XXL Metal Table Lamp with Fiberglass Shade
Located in München, DE
Extraordinary large XXL metal table lamp with fiberglass shade. Great rare 60s Space Age design. Made in Italy. The lamp base is made of gray lacquered metal and has the shape of a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

French Metal Floor Lamp, Adjustable Shade by Roger Fatus for Disderot, 1960s
By Roger Fatus
Located in Antwerp, BE
Minimal modern Roger Fatus floor lamp for Disderot, 1960s with cylindrical metal tripod base and can be raised or lowered. Adjustable in height, surmounted by a cream lamp shade all...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Table Lamps, Shade in Lacquered and Perforated Metal, circa 1950
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of table lamps. Shade in lacquered and perforated metal. Laying on three small feet with endings of spheres, circa 1950. Small chips. Missing a sphere. small indentations.  
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Antique French Empire Trumpet Arm Metal Shade Nickel-Plated Bouillotte Desk Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Empire trumpet arm red tole metal shade nickel-plated bouillotte desk lamp. Item features 3 lights, trumpet arms, very rare nickel plated finish, red tole metal shade,...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Adjustable Brass Table Lamp and Vide Poche with a Yellow Metal Shade
Located in London, GB
Midcentury adjustable brass table lamp / vide poche or ashtray with a yellow lacquered metal shade.
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Louis Kalff Table or Desk Lamp for Philips with Perforated Metal Shade
By Philips
Located in Chicago, IL
Table lamp with open top and perforated metal shade designed by Louis Kalff for Philips, Netherlands. This lamp has pleasing proportions, and an elegantly tapered stem. Please conta...
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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Midcentury Metal Lamp Shade For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury metal lamp shade available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, brass and plastic, every midcentury metal lamp shade was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury metal lamp shade — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each midcentury metal lamp shade bearing Mid-Century Modern, Art Nouveau or Industrial hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury metal lamp shade that is appealing in its simplicity, but Val Saint Lambert, Angelo Brotto and G. Schanzenbach & Co. Frankfurt a.M. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Metal Lamp Shade?

The average selling price for a midcentury metal lamp shade at 1stDibs is $1,170, while they’re typically $545 on the low end and $4,934 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 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.