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The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

The Marbro Lamp Company was one of the finest lamp producers during the mid-1900s. Its pieces were mainly sold in a handful of exclusive furniture shops. Marbro was the go-to supplier of Hollywood Regency and mid-century modern style lighting for interior designers. Its table lamps, chandeliers, floor lamps and wall sconces have graced the homes of many celebrities. 

Brothers Morris and Elliott Markoff founded the Marbro Lamp Company in 1934. Its name is a combination of “Markoff” and “brothers.” The brothers relocated from Chicago to southern California after the end of World War II and set up an assembly plant in the garment district of Los Angeles. 

Vases and objets d’art, sourced from all over the world, were used as lamp bases. The brass bases came from India, alabaster from Italy, porcelain from Japan and China and crystal from Germany and France. Murano glass and whimsical bronze figurines were two of the more popular base materials. 

Marbro lamps were one-of-a-kind and took between 75 and 90 days to complete. Occasionally, they were made from sculptures that customers brought into the factory. Highly skilled woodturners and shade-makers crafted lampshades and wooden bases in Marbro’s shop. Some metal and glass pieces went through paint or staining treatments. The company’s best-known products were these table lamps, but it also produced a wide variety of decorative objects

The Masco Corporation acquired the Marbro Lamp Company in 1987. Its Los Angeles assembly plant shuttered its doors in 1990. Its equipment and remaining inventory were moved to LaBarge Mirrors — a Masco subsidiary — in Michigan. Shortly after, the production of Marbro lamps ended.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Marbro Lamp Company lighting, decorative objects and more.

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Creator: The Marbro Lamp Company
Zaccagnini for Marbro Asian Style Table Lamp Italy Midcentury Modern
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Ugo Zaccagnini
Located in Clifton Springs, NY
Unique ceramic table lamp with glossy, buttery yellow crackle glaze body and forest green and brown abstract Asian-inspired relief motifs was made in Italy by Società Anonima Cerami...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Murano Italian Art Glass Table Lamps W Custom Shades
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Mid Century Modern Murano Italian Art Glass Table Lamps W Custom Shades.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Glass

Mid-Century Italian Sheaf of Wheat Gold Gilt Table Lamps by The Marbro Lamp CO.
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Exquisite pair of ~Sheaf of Wheat~ table lamps designed by the Marbro Lamp Company of Los Angeles circa 1960. These are exceptional large-scale table lamps made of metal with gold gi...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Metal

Marbro Company Alabaster Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Solid alabaster lamp, hand carved in Italy, in Chinoiserie style by Marbro Company. Lamps are sold separately and are slightly different heights noted below. Alabaster is 22"H. 2 ...
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1940s American Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Alabaster, Brass

Marbro Company Alabaster Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Solid alabaster lamp, hand carved in Italy, in Chinoiserie style by Marbro Company. Lamps are sold separately and are slightly different heights noted below. Alabaster is 22"H. 2 ...
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1940s American Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Alabaster, Brass

Marbro Gilt Chinoiserie Baluster Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
For your consideration is this gilt Chinoiserie lamp by Marbro manufactured in the 1960s. It features the original fabric shade, baluster form base with original gilt finish. At the ...
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1960s American Chinoiserie Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Wood

Vintage Marbro Lamp Co. Monumental Ceramic Gold Gilt Table Lamps, Pair
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Southampton, NJ
ENORMOUS pair of vintage lamps by The Marbro Lamp Company. Marvelous dark Salmon and GOLD painted textured pottery with brass Torchiere fictures and milk glass shades mounted on ebon...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Italian Bitossi Rimini Blue & Gold Ceramic Table Lanp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Bitossi
Located in Stamford, CT
Very large Italian Bitossi Rimini blue & gold ceramic lamp by Marbro. Dazzling turquoise ceramic lamp body with hand painted gold accents. Original gold painted wood base. Newly rewi...
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1950s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Marbro Lamps Venetian Giltwood Candlestick Style Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Jensen Beach, FL
Large scale lamp by Marbro with likely original black silk shade. Shade is quite substantial and if preferred, lamp may be sold without shade to save on shipping costs. Please mess...
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Mid-20th Century The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Marbro American Polished Brass Table Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Germantown, MD
An exquisite Pair of Marbro Lamp Company polished brass table lamp 8s great vintage condition. Measure 9" in diameter and stand 36" tall to the top of the finials.
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Late 20th Century The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Pair of French Lidded Jars with Gilt Decoration by Marbro Lamp Co.
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
each elegant lamp of ovoid form with domed lid all over a splayed base; adorned overall with applied gilt decoration of meandering foliate vines and scrollwork The Marbro Lamp Company was established by Morris Markoff and his brother (Mar-bro) after World War II in Los Angeles. While specializing in a wide selection of antiques and decorative...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Porcelain

Marvelous MARBRO Mid Century Polished Brass Table Lamp! Huge Showpiece Lighting
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
SENSATIONAL! MID CENTURY MONUMENTAL BRASS MARBRO LAMP! MID CENTURY DECORATION ICON! DUAL PULL STRING SOCKETS! POLISHED BRASS ORIGINAL SHADE & BRASS FINIAL DIMENSIONS: 40" x 21" In the forties and fifties, decorators would choose the most impressive lamp they could obtain and place it in a home's "picture window" so that all passerby and visitors could glimpse just how well the occupants lived! Picture windows started disappearing in the late sixties, but demand for monumental lighting...
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Mid-20th Century American Empire The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Metal, Gold

Baldelli Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp for Marbro, Italy, 1950's
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Baldelli
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Baldelli Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp for Marbro, Italy, 1950's.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic

Marbro *Original* Italian Porcelain Table Lamp! Only 1. Cobalt Blue 1960s Empire
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
***MARBRO ORIGINAL** GILDED EMPIRE STYLE PORCELAIN LAMP! The Only One in The World! CIRCA 1960 Incredible Midnight Color! A Cobalt Blue so Deep its almost Black! DI...
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Mid-20th Century American Empire The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Metal, Gold

Marbro Ceramic Flower Motif Monumental Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Lomita, CA
A large box shade announces the drama of this original factory lamp by Marbro. It is a monumental Marbro enamel glazed ceramic lamp from the Los Angeles factory circa the 1960s. The ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic

Vintage Stoneware Lamps by Larry Shep
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Denton, TX
Studio crafted stoneware vase shape with classic earth tone glaze by Larry Shep for Marbro lighting . The painted wood base and dual bulb fixture for maximu...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Metal

Marbro Table Lamp Chinese Peacocks
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Marbro lamp with carved Asian designs of peacocks and foliage. Original finish. Good wiring. Shade is not included.
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1970s North American Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Composition

Marbro Asian Style Hand Painted Porcelain Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Fulton, CA
Hand painted porcelain table lamp by The Marbro Lamp Company, circa. 1950's. Asian style ginger jar design with floral motif. Double pull-chain light sockets. Retaining Marbro labels...
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Mid-20th Century American Chinese Export The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Porcelain

Marbro Neoclassical Exotic Marble & Dore Bronze Table Lamp, 1950s
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Marbro Exotic Marble & Dore Bronze Table Lamp Additional information: Materials: Bronze, Marble Color: Amber Brand: The Marbro Lamp Compa...
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20th Century American Neoclassical The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of Large Floral Decorated Lamps Lamps by Marbro Lamp Co.
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
A fine and large pair of ginger jar hand-painted floral decorated lamps, made by Marbro Lamp Company Los Angeles. Each melon shaped ginger jar vase hand painted with brilliantly colo...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic, Wood

Sizable MidCentury Apricot-Yellow Caged Glass Marbro Lamp w/ Inner Light
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Murano glass lamp by Marbro with a rare, "chain link fence" design in a unique apricot-marigold color. We rewired it with an inner light inside the bottom of the glass, with the a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Murano Glass Lamp by Seguso for Marbro
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
An circa 1950s Italian table lamp by Seguso for Marbro Lamp Company, with double socket cluster on clear green, Murano glass body. The lamp is in excell...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Venetian Glass Lamps by The Marbro Lamp Company, Los Angeles, CA.
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of venetian glass lamps by The Marbro Lamp Company. Each lamp measures 8” diameter, 44.5” high from base to the top of finial. Glass portions are 21.5” high. Lamps have been...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Art Glass

Ceramic Lamp by The Marbro Lamp Company, Los Angeles, CA.
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Ceramic lamp by the Marbro Lamp Company, Los Angeles. Total height from base to the top of finial is about 42". Ceramic portion is 19" high and 10.5" diameter. Lamp has been profe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Baldelli Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp for Marbro, Italy, 1950's
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Baldelli
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Baldelli Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp for Marbro, Italy, 1950's.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic

Tall Alabaster Column Table Lamp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Tall classical column lamp in alabaster and brass accents attributed to Marbo Lamp Co. Comes with original silk lined shade and brass finial.
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1960s Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Alabaster

Marbro Alabaster Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury Hollywood regency alabaster table lamp by Marbro Lamp Company with original silk lined pleated shade. Shade meas...
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1960s Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Alabaster

Large Marble Glazed Ceramic Lamp by Marbro Lamp Company
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful large ceramic lamp by Marble lamp company The lamp sits on a gilt leafed wooden base and has been Newly rewired with an adjustable polished brass double cluster that take...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic

Hollywood Regency, Pink Alabaster, Marbro Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Large, Asian influenced, solid pink alabaster lamp with pierced, faux armatures, matching foot and finial. The whole atop a veneered, wood base. Ma...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Agate

1960s Vintage Marbro Oriental Table Lamp White & Yellow Floral Porcelain
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1960s vintage Marbro lamp Co oriental white & yellow ceramic porcelain table lamp on wood base Measures: 38 tall tip of finial 8.38 width x 7.75 ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Wood

Pair of Purple Glass Table Lamps by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of deep purple glass table lamps with brass bases and matching glass finials by Marbro. Rewired. Shades not included.
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1950s Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Glass

Pair of Marbro Murano Ribbed Glass Table Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Mateo, CA
Pair of tall Venetian glass table lamps by Marbro Lamp Company. These have a warm grey ribbed glass cased over white. They have gilt wood bases and caps. The gilt finials are origina...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Marbro White, Beige Chrysanthemum Porcelain Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century porcelain lamps in an ivory white glaze embellished with white chrysanthemum pattern, resting on custom lucite bases. Dou...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Remarkable Pair of Monumental Seguso Murano Lamps by Marbro, Italy, circa 1960
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lamps are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the narrative. They have been professionally restored using materials of the finest quality and are shipped complete with the new shades, harps and finials shown in the photos. The lamps are completely Installation Ready. An incredible pair of majestic blown Seguso Murano glass and brass lamps, Italy, circa 1960. Staggering examples from a rare boutique production by the Marbro Lamp Company. Jaw-dropping scale. Heavy and exceptionally crafted. Meticulous complete professional restoration using components of the finest quality. Dramatic jewelry designed to anchor an Unforgettable large-scale room. Excellent Restored Condition. The pair are shipped completely Installation Ready. Wired using braided silk cord; new brass three-way sockets with brass turn switch. Complete with new custom silk shades (color: Egg; size: 19 x 20 x 17 inches high) and original gilt wood finials...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

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 The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Art Glass

Single Handpainted Figural Harlequin Lamp by Marboro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Single figural lamp by the Marboro Lamp Company, of handpainted plaster, formed as a masked jester, standing on a crate, mounted on a base of painted wood. Stock ID: D2993.
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Plaster, Wood

Pair of Large Size Alabaster Table Lamps by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Pomona, CA
Pair of large-size alabaster table lamps carved in large roses. The base is supported on brass feet; the finals are original to the set. Wired for the US and working conditions. Pow...
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Mid-20th Century American The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Alabaster, Brass

Monumental Mid Century Cubist Modern Table Lamp or Floor Lamp by Marbro in Gold
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An extra tall cubist design lamp in the style of Pablo Picasso and produced by Marbro Lamp Co. It features a ceramic form in a gold, black & white glaze, steel base, and brass stem. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Decorative Table Lamps by Marbro with Pheasant and Flora
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Dorchester, MA
This pair of table lamps by Marbro depicts pheasants among flora in a lovely mélange of reds, blues, greens, lavenders, yellows on a cream ground. The long tapering porcelain body si...
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1970s American Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Porcelain, Wood

Chinese Porcelain Celadon Glazed Vase Table Lamp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Chinese porcelain celadon glazed vase mounted as a table lamp by Marbro Lamp Company. Features a 17 inch high celadon or greenware vase su...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Marbro Lamp Co. Painted Orange Ceramic Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a large vintage Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Marbro. This unique lamp features a painted ceramic or porcelain body that sits on a wooden base. Also includes a unique f...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Italian Ceramic Faience Table Lamp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Italian ceramic lidded urn table lamp by Marbro Lamp Co. featuring a faience hand-painted body with Indigo blue flowers and foliage. Supported by a turned ceramic plinth...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Tall Marbro Lamp Company Table Lamps in Porcelain
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful elegant pair of tall Marbro lamps, circa 1960s, porcelain bases freshly rewired brass sockets, great condition Lampshades not included.
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20th Century North American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

1950’s American Gold Lotus Flower Lamp by the Marbro Company
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Hastings, GB
An exquisite brass table lamp by the renowned Marbro Company, made in the 1950’s, the piece displays influences of Art Nouveau and Brutalist styles, the detailed lotus flower with buds to the centre, features brutalist embellishment to the central stem. The lamp has a single large bayonet lamp fitting and is supplied with a modern replacement shade, a true interiors piece, and highly collectable from one of America’s most after lighting manufacturers. Measures: Height 107cm x Width 40cm Without shade Height 87cm x Base Width 23cm. The Marbro Company The company was founded by Morris Markoff and his brother, hence the name Marbro from Markoff brothers. They started the company shortly after WWII. The company was located in a 3 story brick building in the garment district of Los Angeles, just south of downtown right by the Santa Monica Freeway. During the time they ran the company, they sold almost as many antiques as they did lamps. Marbro sold their products mainly through interior designers and a few upscale furniture stores. You would not find a Marbro product in a chain furniture store or a discount store. Most of the products were built to order. A typical order from a designer or retailer took between 75 and 90 days to complete. Most of the components that made up the lamp bodies (ceramic, brass, glass, etc) were purchased from small companies around the world. In the later years almost all of the brass came from India. For the most part, none of the bodies were made on site. Marbro was well-known for importing a variety of unique lighting components from all over the world. Italy was the source for alabaster, Japan and China for Porcelain, Brass in India and Crystal from Germany...
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1950s American Art Nouveau Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Marbro Seguso Murano Glass Lamps
By Seguso, The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic pair of Muano Uranium glass table lamps were created by Seguso for the Marbro Lamp Company and the date to the 1960s. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Murano Glass, Giltwood

Marbro Moderne Art Deco Torchiere
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Mateo, CA
Moderne Art Deco torchiere by Marbro Lamp Co. This lamp has a ribbed wood column with an aluminum shade and base. The lamp has a three way mogul soc...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Aluminum

Marbro Midcentury Art Glass Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Fulton, CA
An art glass table lamp by Marbro Lamp Company. Asymmetrical folding glass detail, gold leaf wood base. original working condition. Retains "Marbro" paper label. No shade. Glass port...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Art Glass

Monumental Indian Etched Brass Lamp by Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stunning and well-crafted three-light lamp by Marbro. Featuring a standard two light fixture surmounted by a glass shaded mogul size light bulb fixture. Finely embossed brass urn for...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Monumental Midcentury Hand Carved Marble Table Lamp by Marbro Lamp Company
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible monumental midcentury hand carved marble table lamp by Marbro Lamp Company, circa 1960s. This lamp is massive and very impressive s...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Marbro James Mont-Style Chinese Archaistic Tall Brass Table Lamp, 1950s
By James Mont, The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in San Francisco, CA
A towering 1950s Chinese archaistic-style brass table lamp by the Marbro Lamp Company, done in the manner of James Mont. Striking interpretation of a three-footed archaic ritual bronze from the Shang or Zhou dynasties. Such vessels furnished the tombs of China’s elite, and were used to hold offerings of food and drink for ones’ ancestors. Crafted to Marbro’s typical high standards in the style of Hollywood Regency designer James Mont’s chinoiserie...
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1950s American Archaistic Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Vintage Dore Bronze Urn Lamp Bird Designs Lapis Set Stones Marbro Lamp Company
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Bironze dore urn lamp by Marbro Lamp Company. Bird designs with set lapis stones accenting the eyes and tail feathers. Silk shade has some minor spots. Ball pull chains with roller s...
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20th Century North American Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Bronze

Marbro Turned Glass Table Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Fulton, CA
A Marbro turned green glass table lamp retaining its original lamp shade with Greek key design. Excellent original condition. Base measures 7' diameter. Marbro Lamp Company The company was founded by Morris Markoff and his brother, hence the name Marbro from Markoff brothers. They started the company shortly after WWII. The company was located in a 3 story brick building in the garment district of Los Angeles, just south of Downtown right by the Santa Monica Freeway. During the time they ran the company, they sold almost as many antiques as they did lamps. They also had a sizeable business in decorative accessories such as tables and a lot of animal figurines. There were quite a few dog figurines that were life-size. One dog figurine was a life-size Great Dane purchased by the actor Jack Webb who starred as Sgt. Joe Friday in the 1951 TV hit series, Dragnet. There were quite a few celebrities that came in to their shop. One actress who shopped there repeatedly was Deborah Shelton who at the time played the part of “Mandy” on the TV series Dallas (remember J.R.). Marbro sold their products mainly through interior designers and a few upscale furniture stores. You would not find a Marbro product in a chain furniture store or a discount store. Most of the products were built to order. A typical order from a designer or retailer took between 75 and 90 days to complete. Most of the components that made up the lamp bodies (ceramic, brass, glass, etc) were purchased from small companies around the world. In the later years almost all of the brass came from India. For the most part, none of the bodies were made on site. Marbro was well-known for importing a variety of unique lighting components from all-over the world. Italy was the source for alabaster, Japan and China for Porcelain, Brass in India and Crystal from Germany and France. Lamps would also be made from sculptures that customers brought to in to the shop. Once the lamp bodies arrived, a group of Marbro employees would make the wood bases, spin the metal caps, make the shades, and do the painting and tinting. With the help of about 20-40 other true world class artisans, metal workers, finishers and handmade shade makers, they produced lamps and shades that were truly some of last of their kind of art. For example, Marbro brass was never just plain brass. It was stained with a tinting that was homemade and kept secret by the company which is reminiscent of the Handel Lamp Co. of the early 1900s. There were quite a few of these preparations all kept in one of those little metal boxes on a 3 x 5” file card just like a recipe. It was truly a unique method of making lamps. Many of the lamp bodies that the company bought were not exactly matched as pairs. Sometimes 10-20 crystal vases would have to be sorted through to get 2 of the exact same height so that if the lamps were purchased as a pair, they would match. All of the shades were made by hand by a group of women on the second floor of the building with very little automation. The manufacturing plant was closed in Los Angeles in December 1990 and the inventory and equipment were moved to Labarge Mirrors in Holland, Michigan. At the time Labarge Mirrors was a Masco Corp subsidiary. Some time later, the Marbro product line was discontinued. Eventually, Masco sold most of their home furnishings manufacturing holdings. Marbo assembled a very talented, experienced and unique group of artists and craftsmen and many of their Fine lamps exhibit a certain unique signature style. Most of the employees were in their 50’s and older. There were quite a few employees in their late 1960s and 1970s. Today their lamps are collectible and sought after especially by certain knowledgeable collectors who are familiar with the company's lamps and history. Many of Marbro lamp are commonly referred to as “Hollywood Regency” style. This rather lavish style of decorative arts is currently in the midst of a tremendous and accelerating revival. It is obvious from the company's careful selection of art objects and their unique proprietary methods of lamp making that their goal was to design beautiful unique and very high quality lamps. Their success is obvious from the very Fine collectible Marbro lamps that are still sought after today. Marbro lamps present a particular appraisal Challenge due to their very unique style and market conditions. Generally, there are fewer collectors of Marbro lamps as compared to many other lamp companies of the 1900 - 1950’s era. This in no way devalues your lamp but implies a special category of a more limited number of buyers and collectors. During the 1950s, Marbro sold to many very affluent customers including movie stars and others connected to the film industry. Their lamps were considered very exclusive and definitley high end for that period. The key to selling vintage Marbro lamps...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Cut Crystal and Brass Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of cut crystal table lamps with brass decorative bases. Marbro. Measures: 29 height (to top of finial) x 9 in diameter. S...
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1960s Unknown Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Bronze Peacock Table Lamp Marbro Lamp Co. Ebonized Base
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Bronze table lamp with two peacocks sitting on a tree stump. Beautifully textured details in feathers and tree bark. Lamp is rewired. Shade is not included.
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1950s North American Art Nouveau Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Seguso Murano Glass Lamps for Marbro Lamps
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic pair of Seguso Murano glass table lamps date to the 1970s and were fabricated for Marbro Lamps. Note: The lamps have...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass

Monumental Marbro Lamp Co. "Fleur de Lis" Brass Table Lamp & Glass Shade, 1960s
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Substantial Six Foot Marbro Lighting Company Brass Table Lamp with White Milk Glass Shade. Statuesque sculptural fleur de lis form with Antique Brass finish. Stands approximately 6 f...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Brass

Vintage Seguso Murano Italian Art Glass Column Floor Lamp for Marbro
By The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Rare vintage murano glass column floor lamp made by Seguso in Italy for Marbro. The base is made of sectioned murano glass with a modern neocla...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Glass

Marbro Murano Caged Glass Lamp
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Murano 5
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1960s Hollywood Regency Murano caged glass lamp by Marbro. Smoky topaz glass with a quilted diaper texture encased by an iron filigree cage. Or...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture

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Murano Glass

The Marbro Lamp Company furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

The Marbro Lamp Company furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of The Marbro Lamp Company furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by The Marbro Lamp Company were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gerald Thurston, Stiffel, and Robert Sonneman. Prices for The Marbro Lamp Company furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $375 and can go as high as $22,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,250.
Questions About The Marbro Lamp Company Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    No, the Marbro Lamp Company is not still in business. The Masco Corporation acquired the company in 1987. Its Los Angeles assembly plant shuttered its doors in 1990, and its equipment and remaining inventory were moved to La Barge Mirrors, a Masco subsidiary, in Michigan. Shortly after, the production of Marbro lamps ended. Find a diverse assortment of Marbro Lamp Company lighting on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 14, 2024
    The history of Marbro lamps dates back to 1934, when brothers Morris and Elliott Markoff founded the Marbro Lamp Company. The brothers relocated from Chicago to southern California after the end of World War II and set up an assembly plant in the garment district of Los Angeles. Vases and objets d'art sourced from all over the world were used as lamp bases. The brass bases came from India, alabaster from Italy, porcelain from Japan and China and crystal from Germany and France. Murano glass and whimsical bronze figurines were two of the more popular base materials. Marbro lamps were one of a kind and took between 75 and 90 days to complete. Occasionally, they were made from sculptures that customers brought into the factory. Highly skilled woodturners and shade-makers crafted lampshades and wooden bases in Marbro's shop. The company's best-known products were these table lamps, but it also produced a wide variety of decorative objects. The Masco Corporation acquired the Marbro Lamp Company in 1987. Its Los Angeles assembly plant shuttered its doors in 1990. Its equipment and remaining inventory were moved to LaBarge Mirrors — a Masco subsidiary — in Michigan. Shortly after, the production of Marbro lamps ended. On 1stDibs, explore a variety of Marbro lamps.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    There is no single best company for table lamps. 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, and over the years, many manufacturers and designers have offered a range of visually appealing table lamps. Examples include Artemide, Gordon & Jane Martz, FLOS, Søholm Stentøj, Louis Poulsen and many others. Shop a large collection of table lamps on 1stDibs.

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