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Pair of Vintage Brass Tortoise Shell Lamps by Chapman
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Chapman polished brass tortoise shell lamps.
Category

20th Century American Table Lamps

Arthur Court Polished Aluminum Tortoise Shell Lamp
By Arthur Court
Located in Chicago, IL
Back lit, cast aluminum tortoise or turtle shell table lamp by Aurthur Court. Pierced opening
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Fully Restored Chapman Polished Brass Tortoise Shell Lamps
By Chapman Manufacturing Company
Located in North Miami, FL
A professionally polished pair of brass tortoise shell accent lamps by Chapman Lamp Co. on black
Category

Vintage 1970s American Organic Modern Table Lamps

Arthur Court Pair of Mounted Tortoiseshell Lamps in Cast Aluminum 1970s
By Arthur Court
Located in New York, NY
Chic pair of back-illuminated tortoise shell lamps in cast aluminum by Arthur Court, American 1970
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Antique Tortoise Mother of Pearl Veneer Table Lamp, Original Finial
Located in Lomita, CA
An antique tortoise shell lamp with mother of pearl is rare and beautiful. This lamp is a wonderful
Category

Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Faux Tortoise Shell Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of two Silhouette lamps in the form of a faux tortoise shell. One red and the other blue with
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Faux Tortoise Shell Table Lamps
Faux Tortoise Shell Table Lamps
H 26.25 in W 18.5 in D 5.25 in
Faux Tortoise Shell Finish Table Lamp by Mutual Sunset Lamp Manufacturing Co.
By Mutual Sunset Lamp Co.
Located in New York, NY
Voguish faux tortoise shell finish table lamp by the noted American manufacturer Mutual Sunset Lamp
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

French Tortoise Shell and Brass Table Lamp, circa 1950
Located in Rovereta, SM
French tortoiseshell and brass table lamp, circa 1950.
Category

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

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Tortoise Shell Glass and Brass Lamps
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Tortoise shell glass lamps. Solid brass hardware. Newly wired.
Category

2010s Table Lamps

Tortoise Shell Glass and Brass Lamps
Tortoise Shell Glass and Brass Lamps
H 26.5 in W 14 in D 7.5 in
Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
By Maison Jansen
Located in Naples, IT
Tortoiseshell table lamp with brass base, circa 1970s, highly decorative, in the Maison Jansen
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
H 19.69 in W 10.63 in D 14.18 in
Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
By Maison Jansen
Located in Naples, IT
Tortoiseshell table lamp with brass and chrome base, circa 1970s, highly decorative, in the Maison
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
Turtle Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
H 9.06 in W 11.42 in D 2.37 in
Chinoiserie Tortoise Shell Glass Koi Fish Table Lamps
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of vintage table lamps feature a tortoise shell glass body and bronze japanese koi fish
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Pair of French Tortoise Shell Pattern Acrylic Table Lamps, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1970s French acrylic and brass table lamps with tortoise shell pattern on bases and brass
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Pineapple Lamp Style of Maison Charles in Faux Tortoise Shell
By Maison Charles
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pineapple lamp style of Maison Charles in faux tortoise shell.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Hollywood Regency Stepped Oval Faux Tortoise Shell Lacquer Table Lamp
By James Mont
Located in St. Louis, MO
1970s Hollywood Regency style lacquered table lamp in faux tortoise shell lacquer technique, shade
Category

Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Wood

Turtle Shell Lamp ca. 1970s
Located in Geneva, CH
Beautiful Tortoise turtle shell mounted on a brass and acrylic base. In the style of Willy Daro or
Category

Vintage 1970s European Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Turtle Shell Lamp ca. 1970s
Turtle Shell Lamp ca. 1970s
H 28.35 in W 21.66 in D 11.82 in
Pair of Lucite Lamps Imitating Tortoise Shell. French work. Circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This beautiful pair of table lamps are made of lucite. These lamps are imitating Tortoise Shell
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in Concordia Sagittaria, Veneto
tortoise-shell effect insert block contrastingly puts the lighting source and the supporting structure in
Category

2010s Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in Concordia Sagittaria, Veneto
tortoise-shell effect insert block contrastingly puts the lighting source and the supporting structure in
Category

2010s Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Jaime Young Pair of Tortoise Shell Effect Table Lamps Ellipitcal Shape Base
Located in Lomita, CA
glance, the lamps appear to have a tortoise shell finish with an acrylic overlay. But these are
Category

Early 2000s Chinese Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Acrylic

Pair of Handcrafted Tortoise Shell Style Cube Fractal Resin Bronze Lamps, Italy
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of tortoise shell colored cube or square base lamps were handcrafted by an
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

1980s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Fake Tortoise Shell Lucite Italian Table Lamp
By Dior Home
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Mid-Century Modern design. The fake tortoise shell Lucite it's a material prized for its versatility
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Sciolari Brass and Faux Tortoise Lucite Table Lamp Vintage, Italy, 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Rome, IT
proprietary brand, as the photos show. The lamp hat is hexagonal and is made of brass and fake tortoise-shell
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Willy Daro Turtle Shell and Brass Table Lamp for Maison Jansen, 1970s
By Willy Daro, Maison Jansen
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Willy Daro (attribution), brass, tortoiseshell, lacquered wood, France, circa 1970. This table lamp
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

French Glass Tiffany Style Lamp in the form of a Tortoise
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
French Glass Tiffany Style Lamp in the form of a Tortoise This charming lamp has a heavy metal
Category

Vintage 1970s Arts and Crafts Table Lamps

Materials

Glass

Pair of Mid Century Oil Spot Finish Lamps by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
. They have a beautiful oil spot or tortoise shell finish with brass plated metal bases. They retain
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Antique French Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An antique French "tortoise shell" bakelite table lamp with bronze fittings. Measurements
Category

Vintage 1920s French Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Antique French Table Lamp
Antique French Table Lamp
H 18 in Dm 5.75 in
Italian Burnt Orange Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large scale modernist Italian pottery lamps with a stylized tortoise shell, burnt orange
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Italian Burnt Orange Ceramic Lamps
Italian Burnt Orange Ceramic Lamps
H 31 in W 13 in D 13 in
“Turtle" Table Lamp, Italy, circa 1970
Located in Paris, FR
Rare and beautiful large table lamp representing a tortoise shell. The resin shell is set among a
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Metal

“Turtle" Table Lamp, Italy, circa 1970
“Turtle" Table Lamp, Italy, circa 1970
H 42.13 in W 21.66 in D 11.82 in
Pair of Maison Jansen Acrylic Table Lamps
By Maison Jansen
Located in Hellerup, DK
an interesting transparency. The base has a tortoise-shell look.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

Materials

Acrylic

Pair of Maison Jansen Acrylic Table Lamps
Pair of Maison Jansen Acrylic Table Lamps
H 23.23 in W 11.82 in D 11.82 in
Tiffany Studios New York "Plain Squares" Table Lamp
By Tiffany Studios
Located in New York, NY
motif found on a tortoise shell. This particular pattern was commonly employed in Buddhist temples and
Category

Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Selection of Natural Specimen Mounts
By Willy Daro
Located in Atlanta, GA
photo, they are: 1) Tortoise shell and brass lamp, French, circa 1950s. Rewired. It measures 23" H x 12
Category

Vintage 1950s French Bohemian Table Lamps

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Quartz, Agate, Bronze, Brass, Metal

Arthur Court Polished Aluminum Tortoise Shell Lamp
By Arthur Court
Located in Atlanta, GA
Tortoise shell lamp by Arthur Court. Sculptural detail in cast aluminum with pierced opening
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Tortoise -Shell Table lamp, 60's Belgian
By Willy Daro
Located in Brussels, BE
Tortoise shell table lamp, hight is adjustable.
Category

Vintage 1960s Belgian Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Tortoise -Shell Table lamp, 60's Belgian
Tortoise -Shell Table lamp, 60's Belgian
H 27.56 in W 17.72 in D 7.88 in
Italian Tortoise Shell Glass Lamp
Located in Hudson, NY
Italian tortoise shell glass lamp from the 1950's
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Table Lamps

Materials

Glass

Pewter Tortoise Shell Light
Located in New York, NY
Purchased in France, this Pewter Tortoise Lamp serves both as a decorative objet and a table lamp.
Category

Late 20th Century Table Lamps

Pewter Tortoise Shell Light
Pewter Tortoise Shell Light
H 23 in W 33 in D 6 in
Faux Tortoise Table Lamp by Maison Jansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Faux tortoiseshell table lamp, with spherical element above hexagonal base, gold trim, on black
Category

Vintage 1960s French Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell, Linen

Faux Tortoise Table Lamp by Maison Jansen
Faux Tortoise Table Lamp by Maison Jansen
H 26.5 in W 17.75 in D 11.25 in
Amazing Italian Modernist Ceramic Partridge with Tortoise Shell Lucite Shade
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Mount Penn, PA
square polished brass base with tortoise shell Lucite polished brass frame lamp shade. A great sculptural
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps

FINAL SALE Mid-Century Hollywood Regency Lacquered Table Lamp, Maison Barbier
By Maison Barbier
Located in Amsterdam, NL
eggplant color and faux tortoise shell. Will be wired and adapted for your country.
Category

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

Materials

Lacquer

Pair of Tortoise Shell Lamps
Located in Montreal, QC
Exotic pair of of gilt and bronze mounted tortoise shell lamps decorated with blue and white
Category

Early 20th Century English Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Large Tortoise Shell Lamp by Maison Jansen.
Located in Miami, FL
Incredible tortoise shell lamp by Maison Jansen mounted on a brass base.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

Sculptural Aluminum Tortoise Shell Lamp by Arthur Court
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large Scale Aluminum Tortoise Shell Lamp, designed by Arthur Court, circa 1970's. This lamp has a
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Petite Tortoise Shell Lamps with Custom Painted Shades
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom vintage tortoise shell lamps on silver leaf bases with hand painted parchment shades.
Category

20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Silver Leaf

Tortoise Shell Lamp
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful polished Tortoise shell custom mounted on a patinated brass stand. Lamp is backlit and
Category

Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Tortoise Shell Lamp
Tortoise Shell Lamp
H 27 in W 17 in D 6 in
Pair of Cast Aluminum Tortoise Shell Lamps by Arthur Court
By Arthur Court
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of cast aluminum tortoise shell lamps by Arthur Court. The cast shells have pierced openings
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Monumental Hand Polished Tortoise Shell Lamp
By Maison Jansen
Located in Palm Desert, CA
An amazing over sized hand polished tortoise shell mounted on a brass base with black enameled trim
Category

Vintage 1960s French Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Vintage Faux Tortoise Shell Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Faux tortoiseshell lamp with Lucite base. Rewired. Shade not included, circa mid-20th century.
Category

20th Century Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Chapman Brass Tortoise Shell Lamp
By Chapman Manufacturing Company
Located in Toronto, ON
This brilliant and whimsical polished brass lamp is a great accent piece for a traditional or
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Chapman Brass Tortoise Shell Lamp
Chapman Brass Tortoise Shell Lamp
H 13.75 in W 9 in D 4 in
French Tortoise Shell Lamp by Maison Jansen
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful polished Tortoise Shell custom mounted on a brass stand and support topped by an
Category

Vintage 1960s French Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Pair of Murano Glass Tortoise Shell Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A unique pair of lamps in Murano glass with a tortoise shell pattern on the original wood base. The
Category

20th Century Italian Table Lamps

A Custom Tortoise Shell Lamp by Dragonette Ltd.
By Dragonette Ltd.
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful polished tortoise shell mounted on a patinated bronze stand and support by Dragonette
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Arthur Court Cast Aluminum "Tortoise Shell" Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great, decorative cast aluminum lamp. Single socket, gives nice ambient light.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Nickel Silvered Tortoise Shell Lamp by Casa Bique
Located in North Miami, FL
A sculptural and functional lamp fashioned in the shape of a tortoise shell. Takes one candelabra
Category

20th Century American Table Lamps

LARGE PAIR OF TORTOISE SHELL BLOWN GLASS LAMPS
Located in New York, NY
Wonderfully large pair of blown glass tortoise shell lamps which have been newly rewired with
Category

Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

Materials

Blown Glass

A Pair of Turtle or Tortoise Shell Aluminum Arthur Court Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Arthur Court polished cast aluminum turtle or tortoise shell lamps, recently polished
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Tortoise Shell Pair of Lamps
Located in Pasadena, CA
Beautiful pair of lamp made of tortoise shell.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Pair of Tortoise Shell Table Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of intriguing tortoise shell table lamps, 20th century, supported on a brass rail and on brass
Category

20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Pair of Tortoise Shell Table Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of vintage genuine tortoise shells with hand-constructed silver banding and silver bases
Category

20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Silver

French Tortoise Shell and Gilt Metal Lamp
Located in Atlanta, GA
French tortoise shell and gilt metal lamp, France, circa 1970s. It has been rewired, retaining it's
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Brass Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful tortoise shell brass table lamp. Life-size and nicely detailed. Stamped with a
Category

Vintage 1970s French Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Brass Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, 1970s
Brass Tortoise Shell Table Lamp, 1970s
H 23.63 in W 16.15 in D 7.09 in
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Tortoise Shell Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of tortoise shell lamps is available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, bone and tortoise shell, all tortoise shell lamps available were constructed with great care. Find 64 antique and vintage tortoise shell lamps at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Tortoise shell lamps have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Tortoise shell lamps made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Not every interior allows for large tortoise shell lamps, so small tortoise shell lamps measuring 3.94 inches across are available at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made tortoise shell lamps over the years, but those made by Arthur Court, Chapman Manufacturing Company and Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Tortoise Shell Lamps?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $2,400, while they’re typically $395 on the low end and $10,500 highest priced.

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

Well-crafted antique and vintage table lamps do more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or creative element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions About Tortoise Shell Lamps
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Using a lampshade as a guide, line up a row of pre-drilled capiz shells until you reach the desired length. String them together by using a fishing line and finish by tying the strands onto the lamp shade. Alternatively, shop a selection of capiz shell items on 1stDibs.

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