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French Desk Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • French Desk Lamp
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  • French Desk Lamp
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H 17 in. W 13 in. D 16 in.
Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Modern brass and enamel articulating desk lamp. Interesting design that pivots, and adjusts to your desired height, most likely French in origin just newly rewired and re...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp
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  • Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp
H 17 in. W 6.5 in. D 12 in.
French, 1960s, Red Desk Lamp
Located in London, GB
This bright red desk lamp was made in France in the 1960s. It is fully adjustable, has a teardrop shape base and a button on/off switch. The inside of the shade is grey. This vint...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • French, 1960s, Red Desk Lamp
  • French, 1960s, Red Desk Lamp
  • French, 1960s, Red Desk Lamp
  • French, 1960s, Red Desk Lamp
H 20.08 in. W 9.06 in. D 6.3 in.
French Stitched Leather Desk Lamp
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Den Haag, NL
Stitched leather desk lamp in the style of Jacques Adnet. Good condition, French, 1960s, recently rewired.    
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Leather

  • French Stitched Leather Desk Lamp
  • French Stitched Leather Desk Lamp
  • French Stitched Leather Desk Lamp
  • French Stitched Leather Desk Lamp
H 20.08 in. Dm 14.18 in.
Orange Mid Century Modern Desk Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French 1960s orange metal mid-century modern desk lamp. With its bold hue and sleek design, the piece makes for a hip and warm lighting arrangement. Currently wired for the US. Fran...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Orange Mid Century Modern Desk Lamp
  • Orange Mid Century Modern Desk Lamp
  • Orange Mid Century Modern Desk Lamp
  • Orange Mid Century Modern Desk Lamp
H 18 in. W 10 in. D 8 in.
Large French 1950s Brass Desk Lamp
Located in London, GB
This unusual one off brass desk lamp was made in France in the 1950s. It has an elegant curved arm, a button on/off switch and a solid stand. We've had the light rewired using bl...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Large French 1950s Brass Desk Lamp
  • Large French 1950s Brass Desk Lamp
  • Large French 1950s Brass Desk Lamp
  • Large French 1950s Brass Desk Lamp
H 22.84 in. W 8.67 in. D 9.85 in.
French Modern Neoclassical Leather & Parchment Table or Desk Lamp, Hermès, 1940
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Elegant and timeless French mid-century leather table lamp or desk lamp attributed to Hermes in the post Art Deco / Modern Neoclassical spirit. The lamp is in dark green leather with...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Parchment Paper, Leather

1970's Vintage French Brass Desk Lamp
Located in London, GB
A beautifully designed vintage French desk lamp in solid brass. This was recently imported from France, it dates from around the 1970’s. It has a lovely design, with a long overha...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • 1970's Vintage French Brass Desk Lamp
  • 1970's Vintage French Brass Desk Lamp
  • 1970's Vintage French Brass Desk Lamp
  • 1970's Vintage French Brass Desk Lamp
H 15.75 in. W 18.12 in. D 7.09 in.
French Art Deco / Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Articulating Desk Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An exquisite, timeless French early midcentury desk or table lamp with modernist and Art Deco influences in solid brass and stabile, heavy weight that combines form and function. The...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Brass

1960's French Mid-Century Desk Lamp
Located in Paris, FR
A fantastic mid-century vintage articulating desk light designed with a quality steel circular base and an aluminum shade in its original white lacquer. The base features a push-type...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

French Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Leather Desk or Table Lamp by Hermès
Located in New York, NY
French midcentury table lamp or desk lamp by Hermès with a hand-stitched maroon leather base and matching shade. The base and shade united by a nickled stem and unique circular on/of...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid Century Modern Red Gooseneck Desk Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century modern, brass gooseneck, desk lamp with red shrink paint base and shade circa 1950's
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

French Mid-Century Modern Hand-Stitched Leather Desk Lamp Attributed to Hermes
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Elegant French Mid-Century hand-stitched black leather table lamp in the modern neoclassical tradition attributed to Hermes with a hand-stitched black leather shade and a fluted soli...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Stich Red Leather Desk Lamp 1960s France
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice Stich Leather clad lamp. Attributed to Jacques Adnet 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Leather

1950s French Desk Lamp in Brushed Steel
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Jersey City, NJ
1950s desk lamp in brushed steel with a red enameled perforated top that rotates, made in France.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Table Desk Lamp Elephants, France, 1949
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Midcentury table desk lamp elephants, France, 1940s. Patinated copper foot and brass sculptures. Original shade with dryed flowers.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper

French Leather Desk Lamp by Le Tannuer
Located in New York, NY
Tan leather desk lamp by Le Tanneur. France, circa 1950. Signed/stamped on underside. Features hand-stitched leather-wrapped frame with brushed steel acccents. Rewired for use ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of French Early Modern Adjustable Aluminum Table/Desk Lamps by Pirette 1930
By Pirette
Located in New York, NY
Two French early modern desk or table lamps in aluminum with movable and adjustable diffusers by Pirette. The pieces show the influence of Modern, Industrial and French Art Deco ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Vintage French Bouillotte Desk Lamp Table Lamp, Circa 1970s
By Chapman Manufacturing Company
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage French game table style, bouilotte style desk lamp. 23 inches tall this antique or burnished brass desk lamp has a 6 inch base holding up 3 tall faux candles, the actual ligh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Other

Vintage French Desk or Bedside Lamp from Aluminor France, 1950s
By Aluminor
Located in Verviers, BE
Aluminor lamp of the 1950s The lamps are in very good condition. This adorable vintage lamp can be landed, on a desk, a bedside table, a piece of sofa etc. It is steerable from its ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Brass Desk Lamp, France 20th Century
Located in Chicago, IL
A handsome brass desk lamp featuring a thick cylindrical body and a round sculptural shade. This lamp has a round base with a white acrylic power button and is partially painted a be...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage French Desk or Bedside Lamps from Aluminor France, 1950s
By Aluminor
Located in Verviers, BE
Aluminor lamp of the 1950s The lamps are in very good condition never used, as good as new This adorable vintage lamp can be landed, on a desk, a bedside table, a piece of sofa etc....
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Large French 1940s Copper Table or Desk Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Large French late Art Deco / Mid-Century desk lamp or table lamp with a solid copper shade and stem and coppered metal base.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Copper

Jacques Adnet Style Stunningly Elegant Simple French Desk Lamp 1950s France
By Jacques Adnet, Pierre Jeanneret, Hermès
Located in National City, CA
French Table Lamp French table desk lamp. Brass tripod frame with original hand whip stitched leather. Bamboo shade with rice paper. Measure: 20 tall x 14 diameter inches Presents wi...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B207 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B207 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

French Desk Table Lamp Lovely Red Perforated Cone Shade, 1950s, France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in National City, CA
French desk table lamp lovely red perforated cone shade 1950s France French Bayonet bulb is required. Unmarked. in the Style of Pierre Guariche. Measures: 9.75 tall x 4.25 W x 8.5 ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

French Classical Brass Column Horse Head Table Lamp or Desk Lamp
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A classical style brass Corinthian column table lamp with horse head, France, 1950-1959. New off-white cotton shade included. One E27 light socket for a large sized bulb. Measures:...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel buffet Mid-Century Modern black B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B207 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B207 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern Black B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern black B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B201 Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B201 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techn...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Petite Midcentury French Black Metal and Brass Desk Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Petite midcentury French black metal desk lamp with brass detail. Shade is adjustable. Measures: 11" H x 8" D (feet) 5.5" W (shade) 3" W.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Selection of Petite French and Italian Desk Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Petite French & Italian midcentury desk lamps, circa 1930s-1950s. From left to right, they are: 1) Italian brass and enameled metal desk lamp, Italy, circa 1950s. It m...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Table Desk Lamp Signed Accolay, Brutalist, France, 1960
By Accolay Pottery
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Table desk lamp signed Accolay. Brutalist, France, 1960. Ceramic foot. Handcrafted patinated copper shade with 6 acrylic (resin) multicolored blades. Accolay is most famous for cer...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Copper

Articulated Clamp Desk Lamp, Steel and Aluminium, France, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Architects adjustable clamp desk lamp with 2 articulated arms. France, 1960s The arms are made in stainless steel and the shade is made in aluminium. Easy to adjust positions and ma...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of French Desk Lamps by Aluminor, circa 1970s
By Aluminor
Located in Peabody, MA
Pair of gooseneck enameled metal desk lamps with adjustable cone shades trimmed in aluminium, made in France by Aluminor, circa 1970s. Would work great as bedside table lamps. Mea...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Matched Pair Modernist Task, Desk Lamps, Fiberglass Shades, France
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Buffalo, NY
Matched Pair Modernist Task ,desk Lamps, Amazing green spun exposed fiberglass shades, adjustable brass fittings and cast angle iron base, Stunning design, multi position.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Iron

Pair Mid Century French Brass Desk Tablle Lamps by Mathieu
By Robert Mathieu
Located in Madrid, ES
A pair of office lamps from the 50s, its origin is in France according to a design attributed to Robert Mathieu, the lamps are in gilt and lacquered brass, the lampshade can be moved...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Michel Buffet Desk Lamp
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp designed by Michel Buffet designed in France, circa 1952. Measures: 25 x 27 x 35 cm Lacquered metal Reissue of the original 1952 model - Each copy is numbered and...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Michel Buffet Desk Lamp
  • Michel Buffet Desk Lamp
  • Michel Buffet Desk Lamp
  • Michel Buffet Desk Lamp
H 13.78 in. W 10.63 in. D 9.85 in.
Pair of Midcentury Desk Lamps, Poulsen Danish Style, France 1950s
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
floor lamp: 142x36cm desk lamp: 54x36cm oringinal vintage 1950s, france. good vintage condition! two joints for adjustable angle. *** we offer door to door shipping! please ask f...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Sexy French Pivot Table Desk Lamp Style Serge Mouille France 1950s Clamp Light
By Serge Mouille
Located in National City, CA
Sexy French brass table desk lamp in black after Serge Mouille France 1950s desk Clamp light. Modern artistic style attributed to insect like design of Agrafee Pivot desk lamp by Ser...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1950s Green Desk Lamp, Painted Sheet Metal, Chrome Plated, France
Located in Girona, ES
Green desk lamp, painted sheet metal and chrome plated. France, c. 1950.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome, Sheet Metal

French Stitched Leather and Brass Desk Lamp by Tanneur
By Le Tanneur
Located in Hudson, NY
Unique desk lamp in unusual form. Produced by the French Company Le Tanneur. In pristine condition.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B207 Desk Lamp Re-Edition
By Michel Buffet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern white B207 desk lamp designed in 1953. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tec...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Brass Industrial Adjustable Desk or Table Lamp, Art Deco, France, 1930's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Brass Industrial adjustable desk or table lamp, Art Deco, France, 1930's.
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Vintage 1930s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper

Serge Mouille "Agrafée" Desk Lamp in Metal and Brass, France, 1950s
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare desk / clip "Agrafée Deux Rotules" lamp designed by Serge Mouille from the 1950s. Lamp is in good vintage condition and showing beautiful patina from age and use. Prove...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Chrome Desk Lamp with Lacquered Blue Sputnik Design, French, 1970s, Midcentury
Located in New York, NY
Chrome desk lamp with lacquered blue Sputnik design, French, 1970s. Beautiful desk lamp in lovely condition. Original design.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Post Modern Articulating Desk Task or Table Lamp by Phillips, circa 1980s
By Phillips
Located in Miami, FL
Postmodern articulating and adjustable desk task or table lamp rendered in red and black powder coated steel by Phillips, circa 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1960s Articulated Desk Lamp by André Mounique for Maison Jumo, France
By Andre Mounique, Maison Jumo
Located in Girona, ES
Desk lamp, articulated by ball joints, black and white lacquered steel base and lampshade, nickel-plated brass stand and joint, original switch. Design: André Mounique Maker: Maiso...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

1950s Red Style of Pierre Guariche Vintage Desk Table Lamp from France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in National City, CA
French desk lamp 1950s style of Pierre Guariche vintage French desk table lamp in red Fabulous geometric lines on an angled tripod base Unmarked Perforated star cone Measures:...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. The shade of this lamp is modeled after a “moule” or mussel shel...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

  • Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
  • Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
  • Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
  • Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
H 14 in. W 12 in. D 14 in.
Red Leather Desk Lamp in the Style of Jacques Adnet, France 1950s
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Chicago, IL
A 1950s desk lamp in the style of Jacques Adnet. This lamp has a shade and body clad in red leather with stitch detailing. It has a curved, adjustable brass stem with a beautiful pat...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Set of Leather Lamp, Basket, Paper Holder, Diary and Pen Holder, circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This nice desk set is constituted of a lamp, a basket, a paper holder, a diary and a pen holder. The all set is made of leather and brass. This is a French work, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Brass

Architectural Desk Lamp in Casted Iron, Steel and Ribbed Aluminum, France, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A unique desk lamp because of its industrial character, its large size and the interesting combination of various colored metal types. The lampshade is mounted on two slightly curved...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Iron

French Industrial Mid-Century Desk Table Lamp in Metal and Brass, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great and rare mid-century and industrial desk / table lamp in white lacquered metal and brass with an iron foot. In great vintage condition and showing nice patina from age and use.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Iron

Antony Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Located in Geneve, CH
Antony desk lamp by Serge Mouille Dimensions: D24.5 x W30 x H37 cm Materials: Brass, Steel, Aluminium One of a King. Numbered. Also available in different colour. All our lam...
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2010s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

  • Antony Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Antony Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Antony Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
  • Antony Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
H 14.57 in. W 11.82 in. D 9.65 in.
Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in San Francisco, CA
An desk lamp for the French manufacturer Jumo from the early 1940s. Attributed often to Eileen Gray Adjustable arm and shade in silver lacquered metal and chrome. Two-light bayonet ...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
H 15.75 in. W 17.5 in. D 6 in.
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Modern French Desk Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the modern French desk lamp you’re looking for. A modern French desk lamp — often made from metal, brass and steel — can elevate any home. There are 246 variations of the antique or vintage modern French desk lamp you’re looking for, while we also have 35 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer modern French desk lamp, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A modern French desk lamp made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. A well-made modern French desk lamp has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Serge Mouille, Eileen Gray and Alain Richard are consistently popular.

How Much is a Modern French Desk Lamp?

The average selling price for a modern French desk lamp at 1stDibs is $1,583, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $18,802 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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.