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Vintage Mid-Century Black Ceramic Rooster Table Lamp
Located in Topeka, KS
Mid-Century rooster lamp, circa 1950s. A black ceramic rooster makes up the base of this happy little table lamp. He is in great vintage condition and sports a new jaunty shade. W...
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern 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

Ceramic Vintage Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp Pieter Groeneveldt, Netherlands
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Vienna, AT
Ceramic vintage mid century modern floor lamp by Pieter Groeneveldt, 1960s, Netherlands. Pieter Groeneveldt ( 1889 - 1982 ) The beautiful glazed ceramic base features the colors turq...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic, Textile

Mid-Century Modern White Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp circa 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Space Age 20th century table lamp from ceramic in white color 1960s. Wonderful ceramic table lamp with a glossy surface, which set apart from other Space Age table lamps through its ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp with Shade, France, Mid 19th-Century
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
France, mid 19th-century. Ceramic table lamp with customized shade. Measures: H 38 x Ø 42 cm.
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Hand Painted Ceramic Table Lamp with Original Shade by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage hand painted ceramic table Lamp with original shade by Marbro, circa 1970 Measures: 11" diameter at the body x 9" diameter at the base 19" high to the top of the cerami...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Ceramic Metallic Silver Glaze Ball Lamps by Marbro, circa 1970
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of vintage ceramic metallic silver glaze ball lamps by Marbro circa 1970 Gorgeous lamps with metallic silver spots. The black shades are included in "as is" condition. The...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Tall Mid-Century Moorish Style Modeline Ceramic Cutout Lamp Vintage Retro Rustic
By Nardini Studios
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Massive Mid-Century Moorish style ceramic cutout lamp. Brass Stalk, Wooden Base and Cap. Lamp body approximately 34 inches tall. Ceramic Body possibly Italian, or Southern Californi...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Sculptural Jacob Bang Scaled Ceramic Table Lamp
By Paul Laszlo, Jacob Bang
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Intricately etched, the lamp body attributed to Danish artist/potter Jacob Bang for Hegnetslund, and similar to the work of Nils Thorsson, distributed by Paul Laszlo for Wilshire Hou...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Martz Marshall Studios Mid-Century Modern Green White Ceramic Table Lamp
By Marshall Studios, Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Lafayette, IN
This wonderful table lamp was designed by Gordon & Jane Martz and manufactured at their Marshall Studios facility in Veedersburg, IN. Lamp features a ceramic body with two-tone white...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Vintage Bostlund Ceramic Lamp
By Lotte and Gunnar Bostlund
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Bostlund ceramic lamp. Manner Of Gordon Martz, Rorstrand and Palshus Ceramics Dimension height to top of hardware.
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Late 20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gorgeous blue Danish ceramic table lamp featuring a wooden base. Shade included.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

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  • Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp
H 31 in. W 13 in. D 13 in.
Vintage Black and White Ceramic Vase, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Tall Mid-Century Modern ceramic vase. This is an unusual piece of Mexican ceramic artistry. The black and white handcrafted object was at one time a lamp base with a hole opening at...
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Danish Ceramic Floor Lamp, 1970s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish Ceramic floor lamp 1970s Large scandinavian modern floor lamp by Jørgen Tjelberg Hansen. One of a kind made by hand. Tall round body with flared bottom and top. Beaut...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp with Shade by the Apartment, France Mid 19th-Century
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
French, Mid 19th-Century Art Déco ceramic table lamp with customized shade by The Apartment. H 29 x Ø 23 cm
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Textile

Vintage Midcentury Oriental Ceramic Lamps
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage midcentury Japanese asian Chinese oriental ceramic lamps (Sold individually). These are already factory drilled to receive lamp hardware and wiring.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Gloss Black Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage gloss black ceramic table lamp. Dating to the late mid century. Similar time period to Martz. Designer unknown.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Vintage Gloss Black Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Vintage Gloss Black Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Vintage Gloss Black Ceramic Table Lamp
  • Vintage Gloss Black Ceramic Table Lamp
H 16.5 in. W 8 in. D 6 in.
Vintage Scar Flor Lamp, Italy Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Scar floor lamp is an original design lamp realized by SCAR in the half of 20th Century. A unique and rare lamp with smoking set and magazine rack. Inscribed under the base SCA...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Floor Lamps

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Brass, Steel

  • Vintage Scar Flor Lamp, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Scar Flor Lamp, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Scar Flor Lamp, Italy Mid-20th Century
  • Vintage Scar Flor Lamp, Italy Mid-20th Century
H 57.09 in. W 15.36 in. D 14.57 in.
Vintage Italian Ceramic Floor Lamp, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Large vintage ceramic floor lamp by Pedro Alcantar - made in italy. Striking ceramic sculpture mounted on a brown lacquered wooden base. New lamp shade. tested and ready to ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Tall Ceramic Danish Modern Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage tall ceramic danish modern form lamp. uncertain to designer and manufacturer. The ceramic is very much Italian in style with a glaze similar to Fantoni or Bitossi. Same tim...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Vintage Cracked Ecru Ceramic Lamp
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Tall vintage cracked Ecru ceramic lamp Chinese export cracked table lamp with polish brass fittings. Two light bulb sockets with adjustable finial. Rounded water gold leaf wood base ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold Leaf, Brass

Vintage Boho MCM Glazed Ceramic Lamps, a Pair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic pair of vintage midcentury lamps. Beautiful root shape in a speckled finish. All new wiring and hardware. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century North American Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Hollywood Regency Lamps, Italy Mid 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of Vintage Hollywood Regency lamps is an original design lamps realized in the Mid 20th Century. Signed on the base "Formigli". Ceramic, Brass, Fabric. These flamingo l...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Floor Lamps

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Brass

Monumental Brent Bennett Studio Pottery Lamp Walnut Vintage Mid-Century
By Brent Bennett
Located in Hyattsville, MD
There is no signature on lamp that I can find. Lamp Body is in Excellent Condition without any damage. Walnut base and cap. Please Note: The shade shown in the images is in poor c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Rare Chinoiserie Vintage Elephant Table Lamp Mid Century
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and striking Chinoiserie piece. Just like the symbolic meaning of elephants (Strenght, Protection and Wisdom) this piece will enhance your style. This vintage table lamp is...
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Vintage 1940s Japanese Chinoiserie Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Jean Roger Blue Glazed Ceramic Lamp
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is an extraordinary oversized glazed ceramic table lamp with 3 light sockets, one facing up with original milk glass diffuser, the other two arms with Edison base sockets, provi...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Boho Matte Ceramic Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic pair of vintage Boho lamps. Beautiful matte ceramic finish with light gilt detailing. Chic Aztec inspired design. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century North American Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Vintage Hollywood Regency Stiffel Ceramic Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Large Vintage Hollywood Regency Stiffel ceramic Lamp. Style of Tommi Parzinger. A beautiful purple glaze on this ceramic base. some vintage wear. Some wear to the finish of the bras...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Stoneware Ceramic Table Lamp, U.S.A, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1960s studio made ceramic stoneware table lamp in a bamboo motif with glaze. Newly rewired with a custom made shade in Belgian linen. 30" high with shade, 6" diameter base. L...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Linen

Outstanding Pair of Vintage Ceramic Lily Pad Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stellar pair of large-scale vintage ceramic lamps, circa 1970. Fabulous lily pad motif with lovely brass accents. Dramatic jewelry ! Excellent restored condition. Rewired using cle...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Ceramic Lamps, USA 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Chartreuse ceramic lamps from 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage White Ceramic and Walnut Table Lamp
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid Century Modern white cylinder table lamp, circa 1950s. This sculptural piece is accented with a walnut base and finial. Includes the original milk glass diffuser, brass socket, a...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Milk Glass, Walnut

Vintage 20th Century Black and Brown Stoneware Ceramic Table Lamp by La Borne
By La Borne Potters
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
La Borne Signed SD under the base Stoneware ceramic table lamp Electrical system is ok Black and brown stoneware ceramic colors Ceramic measures - height : 21 cm Large...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Glazed Ceramic Lamps with Mayan Inspired Ceramic Medallions
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of vintage glazed ceramic lamps with Mayan inspired ceramic medallions Fantastic pair of vintage table lamps, circa 1940s-1950s. A raised Mayan inspired medallion is on th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Rose Medallion Ceramic Ginger Jar Lamps, a Pair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Stunning pair of vintage Rose Medallion table lamps. Iconic pastoral scenes of a royal family. Bright clear colors make these lamps a real standout. All new wiring and hardware and a...
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Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Lucite

Vintage Pair of Mid-Century Modern Stripe Table Lamps Newly Wired
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wonderful pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern stripe green and brown table lamps. No chips or breaks. Newly wired, all new brass hardware, 3 way sockets. Dimensions 33 high to finial ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp by Søholm, 1960s
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish ceramic table lamp by Søholm, 1960s Danish Modern table lamp from the "Sun" series made by Søholm Ceramics on the Danish island Bornholm, probably between 1966 and 19...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp by Søholm, 1960s
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish ceramic table lamp by Søholm, 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp model 940 with blue and brown running glaze. Intact and working condition. E27 Socket.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramic Lamp Roger Capron circa 1950 Vallauris France
By Roger Capron
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Table lamp by Roger Capron Vallauris France circa 1950. New lampshade. Measures: Total height: 33 cm lamp foot height 17 cm lamp width: 10 cm. Very good condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large David Cressey Vintage Ceramic Lamp Base
By Gordon & Jane Martz
Located in Chicago, IL
A large Danish modern style vintage ceramic lamp base by David Cressey. In the manner of Gordon Martz.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

Vintage Italian Ceramic Lamp in Yellow and White
Located in Atlanta, GA
Dramatic Hollywood Regency Italian ceramic urn lamp in bright yellow and trimmed in white. There is a built in and adjustable harp plated in gold; it fully extends to 38" and lowers ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Gold Plate

Wonderful Pair of Large Scale Vintage Ceramic Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Stunning pair of vintage ceramic lamps, circa 1970's. Great form and scale, the pieces will blend effortlessly into any interior. Excellent restored condition, rewired with clear c...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage TOTEM Ceramic Floor Lamp by Bernard Rooke, 1970s
By Bernard Rooke
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This ceramic 'TOTEM Lamp' has four decorative main parts. It was designed by Bernard Rooke during the late 1960s. This is an early example from around 1970. It features a fluted Le K...
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp by Lee Rosen for Design Technics
By Lee Rosen, Design Technics
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage ceramic/pottery table lamp by Lee Rosen for Design Technics. Beautiful drip blue glaze on this one. 24" to top of the socket shown in photo. I should have a harp that I can ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Midcentury Vintage Ceramic Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury vintage ceramic lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. As shown, ceramic base requires specifying hardware and wiring.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Italian Ceramic Table Lamp by Guido Gambone 'circa 1950s'
By Guido Gambone
Located in London, GB
Mid-century Italian ceramic table lamp base by Guido Gambone (circa 1950s). The piece is hand painted in vibrant yellow with craquelure in some of the horizontal layers. The other ho...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Danish Ceramic Table Lamp by Conny Walther 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Danish modern ceramic table lamp by Conny Walther, 1960s Unique high fired stoneware table lamp made by Danish artist and ceramist Conny Walther in her own studio. Highly textured m...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Brown French Mid Century Table Lamp Signed Vieux Moulin 1970 Lighting
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Vieux Moulin Realised in France circa 1970 Brown ceramic abstract table lamp by french handmade production Original perfect condition Signed at the base Lighting indid...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pink Ceramic Geisha Chinoiserie Vintage Table Lamp 1950s Carli Bauer Austria
By Carli Bauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Pink ceramic Geisha Chinoiserie vintage table lamp by Carli Bauer 1950s Austria. Amazing ceramic table lamp with geisha like base in soft pink and pastel color tones with lamp shade....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Large Blue Vintage Italian Ceramic Table Lamp, circa 1960s
Located in New York City, NY
Large blue mid-century vintage Italian ceramic table, circa 1960s. This light has been newly rewired, set on a custom bronze base, and outfitted with a black twisted silk cord.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Ceramic Lamps in Lime and Cream
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Fabulous pair of large scale ceramic lamps complete with original lacquered shades, circa 1960's. Highly Decorative and..... Out of Sight ! Excellent Vintage Condition. The price l...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Rare Vintage Pair of Mid-Century Modern Colorful Agate Mineral Stone Table Lamps
Located in Lisse, NL
Unique, vibrant and superb condition, 1970s table lamps with lids and marvelous colors. Both with the light switched on and off, this colorful and highly stylish pair of midcentury ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Agate

Large Scale Oversized Vintage Floor Lamp in Bone White Ceramic
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A massive floor lamp from the 1970's with an 18 inch diameter. It features a bone white glazed color. Original shade is has kinks and damages, and will not be included in the sale.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage Brown and Black Stoneware Pottery Ceramic Table Lamp handmade Potters
By La Borne Potters
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
French handmade ceramic Realised, circa 1950 Elegant stoneware ceramic table lamp Light brown stoneware ceramic glaze color Original perfect condition Ceramic dimensions: Heigh...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Vintage Blue Ceramic Cylinder Table Lamp by Nis Stougaard, 1960s
By Nis Stougaard
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Danish Mid-Century Modern ceramic blue table lamp by Nis Stougaard (1906-1987). Smooth cylinder shape with crackle glaze in blue nuances. Manufactured in the 1960s in the small town ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Pottery

Vintage Ceramic Table Lamp in Turquoise Glaze and Customized Shade, France
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
France, vintage Ceramic table lamp in turquoise glaze with customized shade Measures: H 34 x Ø 20 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Vintage White Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Vintage table lamp with white ceramic body and brass base and fittings, made by Stiffel, USA, circa 1960. Includes white drum shade. Includes custom white linen drum shade. Di...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Glass and Ceramic Table Lamp Osvetlovaci Sklo Valasske Mezirici, 1970s
By Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí
Located in Praha, CZ
Mid-century table lamp made of opal glass and ceramic. Designed by Ivan Jakeš for Osvetlovaci Sklo in Valašské Mezirící in former Czechoslovakia in the 1960's. Original wiring, fully...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Glass

Danish Vintage Handmade Ceramic Table Lamp with Blue Bow, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Handmade and unique Danish Mid Century Modern warm beige and brown ceramic table lamp with big bow in creamy white and dark blue on the belly. Stamped under base. Rewired and in beau...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Midcentury Ceramic Vase, Germany, 1960s, Possibly Vintage Lamp
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Midcentury ceramic vase, Germany, 1960s. It can be mounted as a lamp as it was sometimes the case in this period (see last photo). Measures: Height 33cm, 13 in, diameter 23cm, 9 in.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

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Vintage Mid Century Lamps Ceramic For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the vintage mid century lamps ceramic you’re looking for. Frequently made of ceramic, metal and wood, every vintage mid century lamps ceramic was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the vintage mid century lamps ceramic you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right vintage mid century lamps ceramic, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Arts and Crafts styles are of considerable interest. A well-made vintage mid century lamps ceramic has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Ifö Electric, Søholm Stentøj and Gordon & Jane Martz are consistently popular.

How Much is a Vintage Mid Century Lamps Ceramic?

The average selling price for a vintage mid century lamps ceramic at 1stDibs is $1,078, while they’re typically $6 on the low end and $9,950 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right 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.