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Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Lucite Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage mid-century modern brass lucite table lamp is crafted out of a brass & lucite combination and has been restored by our expert craftsmen. The eye-catching geometric brass...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Italian Table Lamps by FAAI Arredo Cremona Manufacture
By Vintage Italian Lamp
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of vintage Italian table lamps made by FAAI Arredo Cremona in the 1960s. The lamps are made with a nickel-plated brass structure and their lampshade and base is in painted alumi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

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 Round Brass and Ebonized Wood Table Lamp Mid-Century Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern round brass and ebonized wood brass table lamp. In perfect working condition and each 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

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

  • Tall White Vintage Murano Glass Table Lamp
  • Tall White Vintage Murano Glass Table Lamp
  • Tall White Vintage Murano Glass Table Lamp
  • Tall White Vintage Murano Glass Table Lamp
H 49 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pair of Marble Lucite Table Lamps, Bauer Lamp Co.
By Bauer Lamp Company
Located in National City, CA
For Your Pleasure: an elegant Pair of Vintage Modern Marble and Lucite Table Lamps by Bauer lamp Co. circa 1985 Made in the USA Dimensions are: 18" H x 10" W x 5" D Ref# LIGGM11520 O...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Marble

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

Mid-Century Modern Murano Blown Glass Table Lamps with Giltwood Bases, Pair
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These are amazing! This is a pair of hand blown glass lamps with giltwood bases attributed to Murano. The bases are 6” square. The height to the finial is 44 inches. They are in very...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass, Giltwood

Rembrandt Nickel Silver Lamps Mid-Century Modern Pair of Vintage
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in North Miami, FL
This pair of monumental restored Mid-Century Modern Rembrandt lamps have a great vibe of Hollywood Regency style. The abacus leaves that flare in elegant sculptural form add to the d...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Vintage Pair Large Murano Marble Swirl Glass Table Lamps Lucite Brass Restored
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Amazing pair of large vintage Murano glass lamps. Beautiful marble swirl glass design. These have been restored to perfection. Newly wired, 3 way brass sockets, brass vase caps, luci...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Sputnik, Atomic-Style Table Lamp
By Mutual Sunset Lamp Co.
Located in Miami, FL
Newly lacquered in a brilliant white hi-gloss, enameled finish, with a tapered neck base. Newly plated and polished brass details. Brass base, atomic symbol center, end caps, neck st...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Italian Modern Brass and Pink Swirl Art Glass Table Lamp after Murano
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage art glass lamp from Italy circa 1950s attributed to Murano. It features a two part swirled art glass design with brass details. Tested and working.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Neoclassical Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Crystal and Chrome Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
By Nessen Lighting, Vintage Murano Gallery
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

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Chrome

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

Vintage MCM Table Lamp with Frosted White Glass Mushroom Shade by Laurel Lamp Co
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Amazing vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamp with frosted white glass mushroom shade by Laurel Lamp Company. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Pair of Sculptural Brass Round Globe Table Lamps by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century modern pair of accent table lamps in brass manufactured by Laurel Lamp Co. This set features a sculptural tulip base and illuminating white frosted glass globe shades. Pr...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Vintage California Modern Mahogany Lamps by Raymond Pfennig
By Zina Lamp Co., Raymond Pfennig
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century pair of accent table lamps in mahogany designed by Raymond Pfennig for Zina Lamp Co. This sculptural set of two is accented with brass hardware and includes a three way s...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Murano Glass Table Lamp 1960's White Black
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Beautiful and unique vintage murano glass lamp. Besides the exceptional shape, this lamp has a beautiful milky white bottom which continues in black and then transparent glass. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Murano Glass Table Lamp 1960's White Black
  • Murano Glass Table Lamp 1960's White Black
  • Murano Glass Table Lamp 1960's White Black
  • Murano Glass Table Lamp 1960's White Black
H 10.24 in. W 5.91 in. D 5.91 in.
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lucite Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary vintage mid-century modern lucite table lamp in great condition and newly restored by our team of expert craftsmen. The lamp is beautifully crafted out of lucite acc...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Hand Blown Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Hand blown Murano glass table lamp, 1960s, Italy Minimal design Very high quality. Fully functional. Original cable and plug. This lamp is suitable for EU plug socket. Swit...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

  • Hand Blown Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
  • Hand Blown Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
  • Hand Blown Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
  • Hand Blown Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
H 11.42 in. W 11.03 in. D 11.03 in.
Pair of Murano glass Table Lamps, circa 1980s
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Murano glass and lucite Table Lamps, circa 1980s. New rewired. The lamps are sold without the shades.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite, Glass

Aureliano Toso Mezza Filigrana Venetian Glass Table Lamp, 1950's
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very fine, beautifully shaped Murano glass lamp, with clear glass and swirls in soft black tones and alternating gold with gilded flecks. The base has been gilded in white gold. H...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Pair of Murano Handkerchief Table Lamps, Italy, circa 1970
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of Murano handkerchief table lamps, Italy, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lucite Table Lamps
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary pair of vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern lucite table lamps are in good condition and features a sleek four columns pedestal raised by the square base. The lamps a...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mushroom Table Lamp - 1950's
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Mid-Century Modern mushroom shaped desk lamp labelled 'Florence italy' Beautiful design in a very light grey/blue colour. Tested and ready to use with a regular E27 light bulb ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

1960s Vintage Modern Buddha Pottery Bust Table Lamp
Located in Esperance, NY
Very unique 1960s modern Buddha pottery bust table lamp, this is a very nice large lamp and the base is made out of teak.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery, Teak

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 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

Vintage Modern Eglomise Painted Glass Table Lamps, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Modern Eglomise painted glass table lamps Offered for sale is a pair of vintage modern eglomise glass table lamps complete with their original shades. These reverse painte...
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Late 20th Century Table Lamps

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Brass

Murano Table Lamp Pyramid with Red Stripe
By Vintage Murano Gallery, Vetri
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a beautiful table lamp made in 1970. Marked with Vetri murano. This lamp belongs to top design that is designed in Italy. Real craftsmanship.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pink & Gold Murano Art Glass Mushroom Shape Italian Table Lamp Nice
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pink & gold Murano glass mushroom shape Italian table lamp Nice.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Iron

Pair of Pulegoso Murano Glass Table Lamps with 24-Carat Gold, Italy
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Villaverla, IT
Pair of Pulegoso Murano Glass Table Lamps with 24-carat gold, 1990s, Italy. This refined pair of Italian table lamps is a unique and precious piece of art. At its base, a white se...
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1990s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Gold

Art Table Lamp in Green Crystal and Coral-Colored Murano Glass, Contemporary
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Villaverla, IT
Art table lamp in green crystal and coral-colored murano glass, Contemporary, Italy. This is not simply a table lamp, it is a marvellous and unique piece of Venetian art. It stands ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Murano Glass Table Lamps Coral and Gold Leaf Color, 1980s
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Villaverla, IT
Pair of gorgeous Venetian table lamps in blown Murano glass, coral color with 24-karat sunken gold. These lamps have been entirely handcrafted in Murano, the Venetian island, in the...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold, Brass

Vintage Mid Century Modern Lamp
Located in Seattle, WA
Dimensions. 12 W ; 36 H
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

  • Vintage Mid Century Modern Lamp
  • Vintage Mid Century Modern Lamp
  • Vintage Mid Century Modern Lamp
  • Vintage Mid Century Modern Lamp
H 36 in. W 12 in. D 3 in.
Modern Lucite Chromed Metal Vintage Snake Table Lamp, 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
This table lamp was designed and made in the 1980s. So the table lamp shows a curved Lucite arm and a chromed details at the base and at the shade. Furthermore the desk lamp feature...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

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

Giant Colorful Pair of Table Lamps in Blown Murano Glass, Italy Contemporary
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Villaverla, IT
Giant Colorful Pair of Table Lamps in Blown Murano Glass, Italy Contemporary Gorgeous, Modern, Italian Venetian, colorful pair of table lamps, blown Murano glass, red blue, 21st cen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Seguso Glass Lamp for Marbro Lamp Company
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Seguso
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage mid 20th century Seguso glass lamp for Marbro Lamp Company Hollywood regency in style.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Art Glass

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

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

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

Sleek Vintage Modern Brass Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp features three white glass shades, brass frame and tulip style base. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Sleek Vintage Modern Brass Lamp
  • Sleek Vintage Modern Brass Lamp
  • Sleek Vintage Modern Brass Lamp
  • Sleek Vintage Modern Brass Lamp
H 46.5 in. W 14 in. D 14 in.
Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern 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

Pair of Ravagnan Gabiani Murano Table Lamps, Italy, 1960s
By Gabbiani, Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful pair of lamps. Clear glass inside white underlay with fine gold dust inlay. With light gold colored lamp shades. Design: Marina Ravagnan Gabbiani. Measures: Height glass ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Glass Table Lamp Bedside Lamp 1950s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage table lamp or bedside lamp from brass and glass 1950s Austria. While the brass base shows signs of age and use like abrasions and patina, the lamp shade i...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

70's Vintage Table Lamp in White Glass Modern Antiques
Located in None, IT
Table lamp in white glass with dimmer for adjusting the brightness, 1970s. Conditions: In excellent condition, working, it may show slight signs of wear due to time. Dimensions...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps

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Slag Glass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Table Lamp with an ArtbyMay Lamp Shade
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern mahogany table lamp with a limited edition lamp shade from ArtbyMay in the manner of Josef Frank. A beautiful floral print on a white cotton backg...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mahogany

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

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Teak Table Lamp Blue Lampshade, 1960s, Denmark
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern vintage table lamp from teak with a renewed sky - blue textile fabric lamp shade. The sculptural shape of the base from teak demonstrates beautiful warmth and lu...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Vintage Marble and Murano Glass Lamp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage marble and murano glass lamp by Marbro. Featured is a stunning Italian marble lamp with a gorgeous Murano glass center. Our Hollywood Regency lamp has been newly wired with n...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble

Pair of Antelope Lamps by Rembrandt with Original Vintage Shades
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in East Hampton, NY
A wonderful pair of antelope lamps by Rembrandt with original restored shades that will make a fun statement to any modern decor.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Bronze

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 Dutch Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Dutch table lamp in black enamel with chrome gooseneck. White push-button switch.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
H 16 in. W 10 in. D 5.75 in.
Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Dutch table lamp in brown paint with chrome gooseneck. White push-button switch.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
H 16 in. W 6 in. D 6 in.
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

Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Dutch table lamp in orange paint with chrome gooseneck. White push-button switch.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
  • Vintage Dutch Table Lamp
H 16 in. W 5 in. D 5 in.
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

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Vintage Modern Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the vintage modern table lamp you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, brass and glass, every vintage modern table lamp was constructed with great care. Find 1377 options for an antique or vintage vintage modern table lamp now, or shop our selection of 9 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a vintage modern table lamp — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A vintage modern table lamp made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Vintage Murano Gallery, Søholm Stentøj and Louis Kalff each produced at least one beautiful vintage modern table lamp that is worth considering.

How Much is a Vintage Modern Table Lamp?

The average selling price for a vintage modern table lamp at 1stDibs is $1,195, while they’re typically $6 on the low end and $18,274 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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

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

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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

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

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

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. A well-crafted antique or vintage table lamp does more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or creative element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

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

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

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

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

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