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Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Founded in 1904 in New York and family-operated through most of its history, Lightolier was one of the pioneering American electric lighting companies, best known for its embrace of stylistic and technical innovations.

Collectors focus on vintage Lightolier lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the 1970s, when an in-house design team led by Gerald Thurston — and a stellar cast of international design contributors — created an array of practical yet aesthetically lively table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers.

Amidst the post-World War II building boom, Lightolier — the name combines “light” and “chandelier” — aggressively boosted its residential lighting division. Thurston, who was strongly influenced by the sleek designs of Gino Sarfatti and his Italian lighting firm Arteluce, towards simpler lamp designs that offered flexibility of function. His best-known designs include the Cricket task light — a lamp with an adjustable enameled metal hood that toggles on a slender bent-metal base — and the three-legged Tripod floor lamp. At the same time, Thurston had a wonderful eye for talent and sought work from some of the lesser-known greats of the era, such as Paavo Tynell, the Finnish lighting designer, who designed several brass chandeliers for Lightolier with his trademark elegant flamboyance.

And more, Thurston recognized abilities in designers not known for their work in lighting.

Edward Wormley, head of furniture design for Dunbar, produced several noteworthy chandeliers employing canisters and reflective hoods. Alvin Lustig was famed as a graphic designer. His ca. 1953 Ring ceiling fixture for Lightolier had a minimalist techno look some 30 years ahead of its time. But this was par. Designed by Michael Lax in 1964, the Lytegem high-intensity lamp — included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art — features a ball-shaped shade attached with a chromed armature to a cubic base, a form that would be widely copied in the following decade. Chandeliers designed in the early 1970s by Gaetano Sciolari, with details such as acrylic diffusers and vertical, two-bulb arms, would define the look of lighting in their day.

A look through these pages reveals just how astonishingly wide a range of lighting pieces Lightolier produced. The company never flicked off its stylistic switch.

Find a collection of vintage Lightolier lamps and other lighting fixtures on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Lightolier
Lightolier Directional Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four (4) Amazing spherical/bowl shaped Directional sconces from Lightolier of the USA in steel and brass. Different levels of patinated finish on the surface of shades. Shades rotate...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

1940s Pair of Bronze Double Arm Nautical Wall Sconces with Sailing Ship Galleons
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
1940s nautical style two arm sconces with a sailing ship galleon motif at the top. Made of bronze in an antique finish. Sold as a pair. This can be seen at our 400 Gilligan St locati...
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1940s American Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bronze

20 Units of New Old Stock from Lightolier 1980s Louvered Wall Sconces , USA
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
In sealed, marked Lightolier box. Model 6569 Well designed, made with thick metal, powder coated in a matte/semi gloss light beige and dark brown tone. Solid, sturdy construct...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of sconces by Lightolier. Manufactured in the U.S. circa 1950's. Enameled aluminum. We recommend one E27 100w maximum bulb per fixture. Bulbs not included.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Set of Four Sexy 1970's Sconces Design by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sexy set of four 1970's sconces design by Lightolier, we could sell by the pair.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

4' Lightolier Chrome Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
4 lovely American polished chrome Lightolier Chrome sconces from the 1960s. Wired with 1 E26 medium based socket per sconce. Wired for use in the USA. They can also be wired for use ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Pair of Chrome Ball Pin Up Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of pin up sconces by Lightolier, each having an adjustable chrome ball hood shade (6 inch diameter). The sconces accept standard screwing incandescent bulbs, and are in good wor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Lightolier Adjustable Brass Up Light Sconce, Italy
By Lightolier
Located in Antwerp, BE
A gorgeous brass Italian wall lamp from the 1970s-1980s, oval form. Adjustable hinge allows the sconce to be tilted for perfect illumination. Lit by a halogen bulb.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass & Glass Pinwheel Three Bulb Vanity Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern three bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polishe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

5 Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
(5) Classical American small globe sconces from the 1950s by Lightolier. These sconces are in an aged solid brass finish and construction. Partially restored with 1 E26 medium based ...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Lightolier Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single 1970s modern chrome and steel directional sconce by Lightolier of the USA. Single E26 medium based socket. Currently wired for use in the US. Lightbulb included with order. M...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Minimalist 3 Tiered Brass Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of minimalist 3 tiered brass plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige "Cricket" Desk Lamp, Circa 1955
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Classic Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige Cricket Table Lamp, Wall Lamp. Featuring an adjustable perforated dome Bakelite Shade in Coffee Cream, Pale Taupe on Brass frame...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

Gerald Thurston Scissor Task Lamp Wall Sconce
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, task lamp, wall sconce by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier features an adjustable, 5.5 inch diameter, painted metal shade on a brass stem and wall plate with an acc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston, Carl Moser 1
Located in Hingham, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1953 (see image 20) we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair Sconces by Lightolier, Chromed Steel Half Circles, Signed with Paper Label
By Lightolier
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of chrome wall sconce light fixtures manufactured by LIghtolier. Half circle / round design. Signed.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel, Chrome

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Cricket Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Garnerville, NY
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier "Cricket" lamp. Black bakelite shade on brass frame. Signed on the underside of the shade. Re-wired. The lamp shade can be positioned in multiple ways....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

1950s Italian Perforated Wall Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon wall sconce with a perforated tube core surrounded by a solid tube shade. Original white and black paint. Original Lightolier sticker and stamped "C529A".   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Wall Light Sconce Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Large wall light sconce Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Handcrafted glass with white and gold colored glass overlay creating a bursting display that enhances illumination mounted to ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Minimalist 3-Tiered Brass-Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Minimalist 3-tiered brass-plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Minimalist 3 tiered Brass Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of minimalist 3 tiered brass plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Vintage Lightolier Alabaster and Brass Wall Sconces, a Pair
By Lightolier
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Lightolier Alabaster and brass wall sconces, a Pair Offered for sale is a 1980s vintage pair of Lightolier alabaster and brass wall sconces. The sconces are made in Spain ...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Brass

Pair of Lightolier Lights With 16 Glass Blocks Each, USA Circa 1975
By Lightolier
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Each light has 16 glass blocks that attach to a polished steel frame. The glass blocks are thick and square with tiny detailed air pockets throughout. In the center of each block is ...
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1670s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Pair of Vintage Cubist Brass and Glass Sconces, Italy, c. 1970's
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern wall sconces with cubist design. The sconces feature brass frames with two hand-crafted and cut glass shades with block forms. Frames can be mounte...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Frosted Glass Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of Lightolier sconces made of frosted glass is a clear glass edge and chrome hardware to hold it.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Vintage Cubist Chrome and Glass Wall Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, c. 1970's
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring four molded glass block shades. Cubist design in polished chrome with chrome center finial. Can be is mounted vertically or horizontally. ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Vintage Cubist Chrome and Glass Six Light Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, c. 1970's
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring six hand cut glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished chrome with cubist design and chrome ball fittings. Can be is mounted vertic...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Gaetano Sciolari Multi Tubular Brass Wall Light
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
Gaetano Sciolari designed the Tubular Collection for Lightolier in the 1960s. Here we present model 4686 multi-tubular brass wall sconce designed by Gaetano Sciolari and produced by ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Midcentury Wall Lights with Cubist Design by Sciolari for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of wall lights by Sciolari for Lightolier. Each has four cubes that sparkle when lit. Can be mounted horizontal or vertical.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Two Bulb Brass and Glass Pinwheel Vanity Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern two bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polished ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Etched Glass and Brass Sconces
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of brass double hurricane sconces by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Each solid brass sconce has a double hurricane shade, with the inner shade being a milk glass cup, and the o...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-century modern vanity light or wall sconce featuring four large glass block shades. Streamline polished chrome frame with cubist glass design. Can be is mounted vertically or hor...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

White Wall Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Large white wall sconce by Lightolier. Signed, USA, circa 1950. Newly rewired and refinished in white satin powdercoat.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Four Lightolier Alabaster Brass Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Four Lightolier curved alabaster sconces with brass fittings and brass plated trim backplates. Each sconce uses single 60 watt regular A size bulb. New old stock. These can also be p...
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Late 20th Century American Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Brass

Pair of Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces, 1970s Space Age, Atomic
By Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great pair of chromed tube sconces, Swiss made for Lightolier. Rare eight-bulb configuration, very atomic, Space Age design.
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Space Age Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Amazing Pair Of 1950's Lightolier Murano And Brass Sconces Mid-century
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
LOVELY PAIR OF 1950'S LIGHTOLIER MURANO AND BRASS SCONCES. THE REMOVABLE MURANO GLASS HAS A VERY TEXTURED INTERIOR SURFACE WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE 14KT GOLD DETAILS. THIS PAIR CAN BE H...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
An original pair of 1960s polished brass and black enamel Regency style American wall lights. Rewired.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Modernist Wall Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An unusual and expressive wall lamp having a ribbed milk glass diffuser with thin patinated steel sides suspended from a curved plane of birch.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Pair of Crystal Rod Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of crystal rod sconces by Lightolier. USA, circa 1960. Chrome and Lucite frame supporting fine crystal rods. Rewired. Features a rectangular chrome backplate with Lucite suppo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Chrome

Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces - Swiss made for Lightolier - hard to find the sconces from this series. 29.5 " tall with bulbs 18" wide with bulbs Back plate is 20" tall X 6"...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Mid-Century Modern Vanity Light with Chrome and Glass Rods by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This stunning vanity light features an abundance of translucent glass rods secured with a streamlined brushed chrome rod that attached to a polished brass base. Founded in 1904, the ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Lightolier wall lights and sconces for sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, Lightolier wall lights and sconces are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our collection of lightolier - wall lights and sconces, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 41 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Lightolier's original wall lights and sconces were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider wall lights and sconces by Frederick Weinberg, John C. Virden Co. and Gerald Thurston. Price ranges for Lightolier wall lights and sconces vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $475 and tops out at $8,800, while pieces like these can sell for $1,900 on average.
Questions About Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Lightolier is still in business. Founded in 1904 and made popular by its electric lighting designs, Lightolier, a contraction of the words light and chandelier, can still be found in stores today. You can also shop Lightolier goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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