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Mid Century Modern Laurel Lighting Co. Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Laurel Lighting Company, the rectangular gilt brass base mounted
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Mid-20th Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Linen, Wood

American Mid Century Lucite & Chrome Tall Lamp by Laurel Lighting
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful simple design tall cube shape lamp by Laurel lighting company, we have polished the base
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20th Century American Space Age Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Pasadena, TX
Mid century lamp by Rembrandt Light Company Uniquely sculptural lamp in composite and brass
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Acrylic, Bakelite

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H 22.5 in W 32 in D 8.5 in
Mid Century Walnut & Polished Cast Aluminum Laurel Lighting company table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful lines and great condition on this original patina polished aluminum with walnut veneer inserts circa 1960 plug-in, with no lampshade, included , 24.5 " tall to the top of t...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Aluminum

Mid Century Floor Lamp
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Mid Century floor lamp having two exaggerated arms, each with a shaded light at the top
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

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H 65 in W 29 in D 12.5 in
Mid Century Rembrandt Lamp
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Early Mid century Rembrandt torchiere table lamp. Hollywood Regency style brass ring with switch
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

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H 23 in W 8 in D 8 in
Marvelous MARBRO Mid Century Polished Brass Table Lamp! Huge Showpiece Lighting
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
SENSATIONAL! MID CENTURY MONUMENTAL BRASS MARBRO LAMP! MID CENTURY DECORATION ICON! DUAL PULL
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Mid-20th Century American Empire Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal, Gold

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

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Mid Century Cork Table Lamp
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A great return to the past this earthy cork formed table lamp with darker wood top stem and base
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Wood, Cork

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
More than a lamp, it is a spectacular sculpture, ebony wood with brass details and hand-painted
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

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H 33.47 in W 22.84 in D 10.63 in
Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice yellow enamel Mid-Century Modern table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Mid-Century Modern Majestic Lamp Co. Table Lamps
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare, early pair of lamps from the Majestic Lamp Co. Brass-plated copper swirl over ebonized oak
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Clover Lamp Company Floor Lamp
By Clover Lamp Company
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage Mid Century Modern Clover Lamp Company Floor Lamp in very good vintage condition. Measures
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Modeline Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A tall mid century table lamp by Modeline. Three solid walnut panels have modern shaped cut-outs
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Lucite, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Modern table lamps made from painted black steel with gold accents on wood bases. Newly
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Lamp by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Table lamp attributed to Laurel with a solid wood teardrop form body on metal base with faux wood
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Lamp Table by Laurel Lamp Mfg. Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Cool architectural floor lamp with center table surface. The lamp is in very fine, original, clean
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Teak, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp by Laurel Lamp Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Mid-Century Modern aluminum floor lamp with frosted glass shade by Laurel Lamp Co.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Laurel Mid Century Teak Floor Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Laurel mid century teak floor lamp This lamp measures: 8.75 wide x 8.75 deep x 59.5 inches high
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Teak

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H 59.5 in W 8.75 in D 8.75 in
Rembrandt Mid-Century Brass and Marble Table Lamp
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage French Porcelain and Brass Jar Floral Table Lamp in very good vintage condition. Measure 7
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair, Mid Century Laurel Lamp Company Mahogany Figural Table Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
Laurel Lamp Company (American, founded 1950s), circa 1950's. The Laurel Lamp Company of Newark, NJ
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Waterfall Floor Lamp by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid-Century Modern waterfall floor lamp attributed to Laurel Lighting Company Style of
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Modeline of California Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Mid-century table lamp by Modeline of California, circa 1960s, in the manner of Adrian Pearsall. A
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Wood

Sculptural Abstract Cast Brass Table Lamp Laurel Lighting
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in South Charleston, WV
Sculptural abstract cast brass table lamp with original shade. rosewood to brass. Measures 39" tall
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Brass

Majestic Mid century Modern Floor Lamp
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Weesp, NL
"Atomic" floor lamp manufactured in the 1950s, by the Majestic Lamp Co. of NYC. The lamp has a
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

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H 70.48 in W 11.03 in D 16.15 in
Brutalist Mid Century Floor Lamp by the Laurel Lamp Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Brutalist styled metal floor lamp with tapered base going into a square shaft topped with a cream
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Modeline Sculptural Floor Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Weymouth, MA
Midcentury Modern Modeline Lamp Co. tall sculpted floor lamp. Made of long walnut wood strips that
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Wood

Laurel Lamp Company Mid Century Stainless Steel Tulip Floor Lamp - Pair
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Laurel Lamp Company Mid Century Stainless Steel Tulip Floor Lamp - Pair Each lamp measures: 12
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Steel

Six Foot Mid-Century Floor Lamp for Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
lighting to your home with mid-century style. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Fabric, Walnut

Modeline Mid Century Smoked Lucite Floor Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Countryside, IL
Modeline mid century smoked lucite floor lamp Lamp measures: 10 wide x 11 deep x 38 inches high
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Classic Mid Century Modern Parchment shades floor lamp. "Z' Lamp by Majestic
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid Century Modern ,Satellite Parchment shades floor lamp. "Z' Lamp by Majestic Lamp
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Chrome And Walnut Mid Century Lamps By Laurel Lamp Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Bernville, PA
illustration of Mid Century lighting. Excellent craftsmanship of walnut veneer with three protruding aluminum
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Aluminum, Chrome

Rare Rembrandt Lamp! Iconic Mid Century Modern "Twilight Zone" Lamp MCM 1950s
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
MID CENTURY LIGHTING! ATOMIC AWESOME! DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 38.5" SHADE: 19" MILK GLASS DIFFUSER
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

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Metal, Enamel

Huge Pair Of Orange Drip Glaze Lamps Mid-century Modern Danish
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent huge pair of orange drip glaze lamps with light up bottoms. These amazing lamps retain
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Laurel Lamp Co. Mid-Century Modern Orange Metal Tripod Base Floor Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Very cool and unusual floor lamp made by high quality lighting manufacturer, Laurel Lamp Company of
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Gazelle Sculptural Table Lamps by Rembrandt Lamp Company
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Stunning pair of mid-century Gazelle table lamps by Rembrandt Lamp Company. Professionally restored
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Mushroom Table Lamp Attributed to Laurel Lamp Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous mushroom table lamp from the mid sixties with a 3-way switch and inline switch also
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Iron

Rare Midcentury Lucite Radio Table Lamp by Moss Lighting
By Moss Lamp Co. 1
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Rare midcentury Moss radio table lamp in black and white Lucite with gold glazed ceramic dots as
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Mushroom Table Lamps by Laurel Lamp Co. C1965
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous simple and elegant table lamps by the Laurel Lamp Company, Newark NJ. Sculptural Milk
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Art Glass, Paint, Milk Glass

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Mushroom Table Lamp Attributed to Laurel Lamp Co.
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple yet elegant mushroom lamp attributed to the Laurel Lamp Company c1965. Milk Glass shade
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

1950s Authentic Mid-Century Modern Double Shade Table Lamp by Majestic Lamp Comp
By Majestic Lamp Company
Located in Monrovia, CA
1950 Majestic double shade table lamp. Authentic Mid-Century Modern majestic table lamp by Majestic
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Laurel Mid Century Steel I Beam Lamps, Pair
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Laurel mid century steel i beam lamps - pair Each lamp measures: 5 wide x 5 deep x 29.5 inches
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Lamp by Mutual Sunset Lamp Company
By Mutual Sunset Lamp Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
A Mid-Century Modern lamp with round, black base and a zigzag chrome support and a chrome eye-ball
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Mid 20th Century Plate Brass Table Lamps by Laurel Lamp Co., C.1950s
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid 20th century plate brass table lamps by Laurel Lamp Co. C.1950s Classic Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Floor Lamp Frosted Glass Mushroom Globe Laurel Lamp Co
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely Mid-Century Modern chrome floor lamp with frosted glass mushroom globe by Laurel Lamp
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Laurel Brutalist Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Quality pair of patina cast Iron lamps, from "Laurel Lamp Company" in the style of brutalist. Mid
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Modeline Style Mid Century Sculptural Walnut Table Lamp
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Countryside, IL
Modeline Style Mid Century sculptural walnut table lamp This piece measures 8.25 wide x 8.25
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Laurel Lamp and Side Table
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern combination lamp and side table made by the Laurel Lamp Company. A tripod
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1950s American Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Cubist Chess Motif Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern square column table lamp. Aged brass metal body features cubist style relief
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Large Scale Walnut & Brass Lamp Attributed to Laurel Lamp Mfg
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern large scale walnut and brass table lamp which has been attributed to
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Brass Plated Sculptural Laurel Lamp Co. Table Lamps Mid-Century Modern Pair of
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in North Miami, FL
This pair of sculptural Mid-Century Modern table lamps end or night table lamps or console lamps
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

Classic Pair Sculpted Walnut Mid Century Modern Table Lamps by Modeline Lamp Co.
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Pair Sculpted Walnut Mid Century Modern Table Lamps by Modeline Lamp Co.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Rembrandt Onyx and Gilt Metal Patinated Torchiere Table Lamps, Pair
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Germantown, MD
A Pair Mid-Century Rembrandt Onyx and Gilt Metal Patinated Torchiere Table Lamps. Measures 6" in
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Onyx, Metal

Laurel Mushroom Mid Century Modern Brushed Metal and Smoked Glass Floor Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A Laurel Lamp Company mushroom floor lamp. A lovely mid century modern floor lamp featuring a
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Glass Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century table lamp, having an elongated amber glass bottle form body, on a metal plinth base
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Table Lamp by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Chrome Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice metal drop shape modern table lamps.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Modeline Style Mid Century Walnut and Brass Lamps - Pair
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Countryside, IL
Modeline Style Mid Century Walnut and Brass Lamps - Pair Each lamp measures: 16 wide x 16 deep x
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Adjustable lamp in the Style of Nessen Lighting
By Nessen Lighting
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish mid-century modern floor lamp offers up or down lighting with its adjustable design
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Pair of Mid Century Sculptural Giraffe Table Lamps by Rembrandt Lamp Co. 1950s
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Awesome pair of sculptural brass giraffe table lamps by Rembrandt Lamp Company, 1950s. Beautiful
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting

Materials

Brass

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Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of vintage lamps mid century lamps lighting you’re looking for. An item from our selection of vintage lamps mid century lamps lighting — often made from metal, brass and glass — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A choice in our collection of vintage lamps mid century lamps lighting, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Industrial or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one object in our assortment of vintage lamps mid century lamps lighting that is appealing in its simplicity, but Stilnovo, Laurel Lamp Company and Gordon & Jane Martz produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting?

Prices for a piece of vintage lamps mid century lamps lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $275,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,737.

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 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using 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 influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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. A wide range of antique and vintage lighting can be found on 1stDibs.

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 — there are Art Deco table lamps created in a universally appreciated style, the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of mid-century 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 for sale on 1stDibs.

Questions About Vintage Lamps Mid Century Lamps Lighting
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.