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

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Ceramic

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H 11.75 in. Dm 5 in.
Good Vintage Condition and Fully Working, Slight Signs of Aging in the Structure
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and clear blue prism quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Vintage French Brass Table Lamp with Bird Figure by Maison Charles
By Maison Charles
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage French table lamp with brass bird and floral elements on wooden base colored with glossy black colour, by Maison Charles. Lamp is with the new made satin finish black color ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage French Brass Table Lamp with Palm Figures by Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage French table lamp with brass palm floral decor by Maison Jansen. It includes 3 pieces of E27 bulbs.   
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Fontana Arte Style Murano Glass Table or Nightstand Lamp, Italy, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in BUDAPEST, HU
Fontana Arte style nightstand or table lamp in original condition. Rewiring checked and in working condition.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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

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Textile, Ceramic

Mid Century Vintage Table Lamp Style of Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage table lamp in the style of Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1960s. The vintage table lamp by Linus Bopp, Limbach 1960s, Germany is labeled underneath...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Round Brass Table Lamp Spider Legs Mid-Century Modern, 1970
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern round brass urn shape table lamp with spider legs. In perfect 3 way working condition and uses a max. 150 watts light bulb. Note: no shade, harp, finial.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Round Brass and Ebonized Wood Table Lamp Mid-Century Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern round brass and ebonized wood brass table lamp. In perfect working condition and each uses a max. 150 watts light bulb. Note: No Shade, Harp, Finial.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pair of Marble Lucite Table Lamps, Bauer Lamp Co.
By Bauer Lamp Company
Located in National City, CA
For Your Pleasure: an elegant Pair of Vintage Modern Marble and Lucite Table Lamps by Bauer lamp Co. circa 1985 Made in the USA Dimensions are: 18" H x 10" W x 5" D Ref# LIGGM11520 O...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Marble

Rembrandt Nickel Silver Lamps Mid-Century Modern Pair of Vintage
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in North Miami, FL
This pair of monumental restored Mid-Century Modern Rembrandt lamps have a great vibe of Hollywood Regency style. The abacus leaves that flare in elegant sculptural form add to the d...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Large Crystal and Chrome Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
By Vintage Murano Gallery, Nessen Lighting
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of crystal and chrome Mid-Century Modern table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Black Brass Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of vintage mid century Mastercraft table lamps crafted out of brass and glass combination and in great condition. These lamps feature a thick dark black glass base that has an...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pair of Serpentine Table Lamps
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern vintage pair of serpentine table lamps. Manner of Gino Sarfatti for Arredoluce, Lightolier Measures: Wood base is 7" x 7".   
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Italian Table Lamps by FAAI Arredo Cremona Manufacture
By Vintage Italian Lamp
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of vintage Italian table lamps made by FAAI Arredo Cremona in the 1960s. The lamps are made with a nickel-plated brass structure and their lampshade and base is in painted alumi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Metal Table Lamp, France, 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage metal table lamp, which shows a renewed blue textile fabric lamp shade and a round metal black lacquered base. The table lamp lights with one E 27 bulb ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Large Driftwood Freeform Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern large driftwood freeform table lamp, circa mid-20th century. Measurements: 38" H x 26" W x 9" D.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chrome Geometric Shaped Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome geometric shaped table lamp. Lamp is newly re-wired. This lamp is all chrome, the blue mirror-image you see in the mages should be disregarded.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chrome Geometric Shaped Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome geometric shaped table lamp. Lamp is newly re-wired. This lamp is all chrome, the blue mirror-image you see in the mages should be disregarded.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Table Lamp Kalmar, 1950s, Austria
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage brass table lamp, which was designed and manufactured by Kalmar, 1950s, Austria. While the base and the significant splayfoot was made out of brass tube an...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mahogany Brass Metal Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
The table lamp shows a mahogany stem with a black lacquered metal base and brass feet. Furthermore the table lamp features two bulbs E 27 and an on/off switch. Renewed spotted lamp...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Mid Century Modern Danish Artisan Prototype Teak Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish artisan prototype teak table lamp. This is an amazing lamp that i immensely enjoyed renovating. The lamp can only be one of two things. Either it ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid Century Modern Brass Kalmar Vintage Table Lamp Vienna 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp made from brass by J.T. Kalmar, Vienna 1950s. The table lamp is ready to use it in your home. One socket E 14. All measures are approximate.  
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Rattan Table Wood Lamps Mid-Century Modern, Vintage
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern wood and rattan table lamps. Tested, working order. Original cords and sockets.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Rattan, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chromed Table Lamp, France, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
A Mid Century Century vintage chromed table lamp, which shows a lollipop base with four chromed metal globes and a white milk glass shade. The vintage condition is very good. All me...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Tall White Vintage Murano Glass Table Lamp
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Dorchester, MA
This tall table lamp from Italy features a gently twisted teardrop form of hand blown white Murano glass sitting on a classical square marble base. The measurement below is to the...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble

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H 49 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid Century Modern Pink Brass Vintage Table Lamp 1950s Italy
By Arredoluce
Located in Vienna, AT
Md century modern pink brass vintage table lamp, which was designed and manufactured Italy 1950s. The charming and cute lamp is made of brass, pink and white enameled metal. Also th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Glass Table Lamp Bedside Lamp 1950s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp or bedside lamp from brass and glass 1950s Austria. While the brass base shows signs of age and use like abrasions and patina, the lamp shade i...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Table Lamp with an ArtbyMay Lamp Shade
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern mahogany table lamp with a limited edition lamp shade from ArtbyMay in the manner of Josef Frank. A beautiful floral print on a white cotton backg...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mahogany

Vintage Mid-Century Chromed Table Lamp
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted fitted with one E27 bulb from the 1960-1970s. Good condition, new electric. Delivery time 1-2 weeks.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

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H 19.3 in. W 5.91 in. D 3.94 in.
Vintage Mid-Century Crème Table Lamp
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted fitted with one E27 bulb from the 1960-1970s. Good condition with some patina. New electric.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

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H 19.3 in. W 3.94 in. D 5.91 in.
Mid Century Modern Vintage Red Table Lamp Adjustable Shade 1950s Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp or desk lamp from metal and aluminum in dark red color tone Germany 1950s. While the base round like is connected through a curved aluminum ste...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Vintage Mid Century Modern Brass Table Kamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage mid century modern table lamp in brass. All brass modernist table lamp with a white Bakelite stem. Brass shade with to E27 lamp holders in Bakelite. All new wiring with a ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glass Green Gold Table Lamp, 1950s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage glass table lamp, which was designed and manufactured in Murano, Venice, Italy, 1950s. The beautiful twisted green table base was made of hand blown glass ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Black Vintage Table Lamp by Harry Gitlin, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage table lamp, which has a black lacquered wire base and a globe lamp. The table lamp was designed by Harry Gitlin 1950s and produced by Stamford Lighting, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Wire

Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Teak Table Lamp with Original Shade
By ESA
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This Classic sculptural teak table lamp by ESA is a statement piece for any room or decor. This Danish lamp features a counterweighted base to better support the tall form. The lamp ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Vintage Brushed Chrome And Beveled Glass Table Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brushed chrome and glass table lamp. This tall and elegant table lamp shines brightly as the beveled glass reflects the light. There are two thick bands of chrome ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Pair Mid-Century Modern Danish Wood & Brass Table Lamps Restored
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish table lamps. Brass and wood. These have been restored to perfection! The original brass base has been newly plated, all new matching ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brown Gold Glass Vintage Table Lamps, 1970s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamps with brown and gold glass base, which was designed and manufactured Italy, 1970s. Rounded edges at the glass base with brass and plast...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern White Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp circa 1960 Spain
Located in Vienna, AT
The table lamp from the mid century era was made of a white ceramic base with an E 27 socket. Also the table lamp features an on / off switch. The vintage condition is very good. ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Palm Tree Lamp
Located in Plainview, NY
An elegant and stylish Mid-Century Modern table lamp in a brass palm tree style with glass design around the pipe and fine gold and brown color custom shade. This table lamp will lig...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Vintage Italian Tubular Chrome Lucite Table Desk Lamp Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
1970s vintage Italian tubular chrome Lucite table desk Lamp Mid-Century Modern. Cylindrical chrome lamp cantilevered on acrylic base with brushed aluminum. Takes a single fluorescent...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Burl Petrified Balsa Wood Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
burl wood balsa table lamp. Gorgeous texture and colors which run from light brown to dark almost black brown. Wired with a brown cord which is retrofitted into the bottom of the bas...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of Two Vintage French Table Lamps, 1970s
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Pair of table lamps, made in France from the 1970s. Made with wood and fabric. Elegant blue and white fabric pattern with wood support. The lamp is colocated in the center of the wo...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Fabric, Hardwood

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Table Lamp by Rupert Nikoll 1950s
By Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage brass table lamp by Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria, 1950s, which tells great Austrian design spirit from the 1950s. Also the renewed lamp shade is covered ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Crystal and Brass Mid-Century Modern Parsons School Table Lamp
Located in West Hartford, CT
Acquired several years ago by our client through NYC's Parsons School of Design. Elegant vintage brass and crystal.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Brass

Pair of Vintage White Murano Glass Table Lamps
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Dorchester, MA
This slender pair of Italian table lamps features handblown white Murano glass drops on carved wooden bases tinted gold. Sold without shades.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass, Wood

Mid Century Modern Yellow Louis Kalff Vintage Table Lamps Philips 1950s
By Louis Kalff
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of Louis Kalff Table lamps in the color yellow with cast iron foot, curved brass stem and conical aluminium shades in original condition. On/Off switch each with a socket E 14...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Iron

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Plated Corkscrew Table Lamps New Shades a Pair
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome Mid-Century Modern brass plated corkscrew style table lamps with new off-white shades. Beautiful vintage condition with gorgeous patina that only time creates with age and we...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Cut Glass Brass Table Lamp Bakalowits 1950s Vienna
By Bakalowits & Söhne
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp from cut glass and brass by Bakalowits & Söhne 1950s Vienna. While the table lamp base shows geometric elements from cut clear glass, the lamp ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome Table Lamp New Black Drum Shade
Located in Topeka, KS
Striking vintage Mid-Century Modern polished chrome table lamp with new black Fenchel drum shade. Wonderful condition although there is a tiny ding in the shaft and age-appropriate w...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Black Vintage Metal Table Lamp by Stilnovo, 1950s, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
The vintage table lamp by Stilnovo was made of nickel-plated metal. Furthermore the metal base and the lamp shade are black lacquered. The lamp shade is round shaped and reminds on ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Vintage Brass and Black Table Lamp, Italy, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
We present a charming brass and black table lamp by Stilnovo Italy 1950s. The table lamp was made of black lacquered aluminum and a flexible stem with brass details. With the brass ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lamp Shades, Circa 1960's
Located in Rochester, NY
Great pair of hand painted paper shades. Circa 1960's.     
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Paint, Paper

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Brass Teak Glass S Table Lamp Arteluce Era
By Stilnovo
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Unique vintage Mid-Century Modern teak and brass S-form table lamp with three glass shades attributed to Stilnovo. The piece features a frame comprised of parallel strips of solid te...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful mid-century table lamp featuring a cylinder ceramic base with a floral design with a beautiful glaze finish. The lamp comes with a new black shade with a gilt finish, is ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage 1960's Swedish Oak and Frosted Glass Table Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamp from Sweden 1930's Oak base with frosted glass shade.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Oak

Vintage 1960's Mid-Century Brass Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A mid-century table lamp crafted out of brass and copper combination in great condition and has been newly polished showing a beautiful patina finish. The lamp is wired to US standar...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Leather Green Kalmar Table Lamp, 1950s, Vienna
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage table lamp or desk lamp from brass, leather and nickel plated metal Mod. 1191 Arnold which was designed and manufactured by Kalmar in Vienna 1950s. This r...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Heavy Stacked Lucite Karl Springer Style Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern heavy stacked Lucite Karl Springer style table lamp. Item features a chrome shaft, heavy stacked Lucite body, Lucite finial, very nice vintage item, clean ...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

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Midcentury Modern Vintage Table Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of midcentury modern vintage table lamps available for sale. Each of these unique midcentury modern vintage table lamps was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and ceramic. Midcentury modern vintage table lamps have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Mid-Century Modern, Neoclassical and Scandinavian Modern midcentury modern vintage table lamps are consistently popular styles. Anders Pehrson, Ateljé Lyktan and Doria Leuchten Germany each produced beautiful midcentury modern vintage table lamps that are worth considering.

How Much are Midcentury Modern Vintage Table Lamps?

Midcentury modern vintage table lamps can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $1,208, while the lowest priced sells for $212 and the highest can go for as much as $6,000.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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