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

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Ceramic

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

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Blown Glass

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

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Brass

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

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Brass

Vintage Midcentury Maclamp by Terence Conran Desk Lamp in Yellow
By Sir Terence Conran
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Vintage Maclamp desk or table lamp in yellow with wooden arms. Designed by Terence Conran for Habitat in the 1950s, this lamp is an icon of the 1950s-1960s period. In good vint...
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Mid-20th Century English Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Midcentury Maclamp by Terence Conran Desk Lamp in Copper
By Sir Terence Conran
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Vintage all-original Maclamp desk or table lamp in very rare copper with wooden arms. Designed by Terence Conran for Habitat in the 1950s, this lamp is an icon of the 1950s-1960s...
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Mid-20th Century English Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Midcentury Maclamp by Terence Conran Desk Lamp in White
By Sir Terence Conran
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Vintage Maclamp desk/table lamp in white with much sought-after wooden arms. Designed by Terence Conran for Habitat in the 1950s, this lamp is an icon of the 1950-1960s period. ...
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Mid-20th Century English Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Brass Looped Hunter's Horn Bugle Made into a Table Lamp by Robert Abbey
By Robert Abbey
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage brass looped hunter's bugle made into a table lamp. handcrafted Robert Abbey table lamp. Vintage decorative brass hunting horns, British horn bugle, or military brass Instr...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

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

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Textile, Ceramic

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

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Brass

Vintage Midcentury Maclamp by Terence Conran Desk Lamp in Pastel Green
By Sir Terence Conran
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
Vintage Maclamp desk or table lamp in burgundy with wooden arms. Designed by Terence Conran for Habitat in the 1950s, this lamp is an icon of the 1950s-1960s period. In very g...
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Mid-20th Century English Table Lamps

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Metal

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

Materials

Chrome

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

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Metal, Brass

Vintage 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

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

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Marble

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H 49 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Vintage Mid-Century Chromed Table Lamp
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted fitted with one E27 bulb from the 1960-1970s. Good condition, new electric. Delivery time 1-2 weeks.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

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

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Steel

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H 19.3 in. W 3.94 in. D 5.91 in.
Vintage Italian Swirl Blown Glass Table Lamps, a Pair
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in west palm beach, FL
Incredible pair of vintage Italian blown glass lamps. Beautiful swirl design with an iridescent glow. All new wiring and polished chrome hardware. They rest on immaculate lucite plin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Chrome

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

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Murano Glass, Wood

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

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Brass

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

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Metal

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

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Brass, Copper, Metal

Vintage Brass Table Lamp, Italy, Mid Century, 1950's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Table lamp constructed in full brass. Gorgeous patina. Shows beautiful warm light at night. Fully re-wired for US application.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Early Vintage Brass Kalmar 'Hase TL' Table Lamp
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Utrecht, NL
Early example table lamp model 'Hase TL' by Austrian Kalmar Lighting. An iconic design, praised for its high quality and refined design and wonderful diffuse light. The freestand...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

20th Century Vintage French Midcentury Table Lamp
Located in Paris, FR
A small 1950s-1960s French table or desk lamp built with a rounded tubular stem, a cocotte shade with little perforated stars around its rim and around the polished brass elevated ba...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Glass Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An exceptional pair of modern table lamps crafted out of glass and features new black and gilt interior shades. The bases have an oxidized finish, sits on a round wood base painted i...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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 Column Table Lamp by Laurel
By Laurel
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and striking midcentury column table lamp by Laurel. This piece exudes modernism by its unique column like form. Chrome metal plates envelop the sides as ebonized wood is d...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

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

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Brass

Vintage Mid Century Table Lamp by Kamenicky Senov, 1960´s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Vintage mid century table lamp from the 1960´s. It was produced by Kamenicky Šenov. The lamp is fully functional. Very well preserved condition. Cut glass, plastic stand. One E-14 Bu...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cut Glass, Plastic

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

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Brass

Vintage Red Adjustable Desk/Side Table Lamp by Massive, 1970s
By Massive Lighting
Located in Verviers, BE
Classic compact design, this adjustable spotlight desk lamp was produced by Massive in the 1970s. The lamp is fully original and in good condition which has been left unrestored. I...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

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

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Metal

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

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Wood

Vintage Stilnovo Green Table Lamp, Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Stilnovo green table lamp is an original design lamp realized in Italy in the half of 20th century by Stilnovo manufacturer. A vintage table lamp with a green lamp shade and a met...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Metal

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H 17.33 in. W 14.18 in. D 15.75 in.
Murano Vintage Table Lamps, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Murano table lamp is an original design lamp realized in the half of 20th Century by Italian designer. A vintage lamp with a white Murano glass body and elegant brass edges. Mi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

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

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Chrome

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

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Chrome

Pair of Walter Von Nessen Vintage Swing Arm Table Lamps in Bronze Finish
By Nessen Lighting
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Walter Von Nessen vintage swing arm table lamps in bronze finish Measures: 18" to top of glass diffuser.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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 Encased Glass Table Lamp by Stilnovo with Three-Lighting Options, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1960s. It is made in encased glass, metal and fabric. This table lamp features two lights: they can be switched on separately or at the same time. It might show slight tr...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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

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Metal, Brass

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

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Metal

Vintage Table Lamp by Arredoluce, Italy, Mid 20th Century
By Arredoluce
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage table lamp is an original table lamp realized by Arredoluce in the mid-20th century. A very beautiful sphere lamp in opal glass and brass. Arredoluce was established in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

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

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Teak

Vintage Murano Amethyst Glass Tall Lamp
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Rare Murano amethyst glass tall "flask" lamp featuring brass accents and a fluted glass cover on interior brass rod within the "flask", mounted on a walnut and brass base. Made in It...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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

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Metal, Aluminum

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

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Brass

Pair Vintage Mid Century Blue and Opal Murano Glass Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
A vibrant pair of hand made Murano glass table lamps. Blue glass mushroom/UFO shade and Opaline cone shaped base. Original labels "VETRO FATTO MANO" and "CRISTALLO VENEZIA C C C" ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

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

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Chrome

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

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Rattan, Wood

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

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Brass

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

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Blown Glass

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

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Metal, Wire

Mid-20th Century Vintage Industrial Jieldé Table Lamp, Fantastic Patina
By Jean Louis Domecq
Located in Hoogeveen, NL
Industrial lamp by Jean-Louis Domecq for Jieldé, France. Original old Jieldé table lamp with a fantastic patina! E27 fitting including lamp. Placed on an old brake disc. Design icon ...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Table Lamps

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Metal

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

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Brass

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

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Chrome

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

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Brass

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

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Teak

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Vintage Midcentury Table Lighting For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of vintage midcentury table lighting on 1stDibs. A piece of vintage midcentury table lighting — often made from metal, brass and glass — can elevate any home. There are 1498 variations of the antique or vintage item from our selection of vintage midcentury table lighting you’re looking for, while we also have 2 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A choice in our collection of vintage midcentury table lighting made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Industrial — is very popular. Søholm Stentøj, Louis Kalff and Vintage Murano Gallery each produced at least one beautiful object in our assortment of vintage midcentury table lighting that is worth considering.

How Much is a Vintage Midcentury Table Lighting?

The average selling price for a piece of vintage midcentury table lighting at 1stDibs is $1,101, while they’re typically $6 on the low end and $18,000 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.