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Walter Von Nessen

Walter von Nessen (Germany and USA, 1889–1943)
Walter von Nessen (Germany and USA, 1889–1943)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.

Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.

Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.

Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

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Walter von Nessen Bronze Floor Lamp with Dome Shade
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio, Nessen Lighting
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walter von Nessen bronze floor lamp with flip-up shade and adjustable neck. The lamp features a perforated steel diffuser and a four way switch on the back of the dome. Marked [Ne...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Steel

Pair of Italian Marble Table Lamps, Von Neesen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Solid Pair of stunning Italian Carrara marble table lamps. All inquiries please call or just press "Contact Dealer" button.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Marble

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass Table Lamps by Walter Von Neesen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant diminutive pair of table lamps perfect for the bedside. Solid brass with ceramic sockets UL listed. Shades included and measure at 11x 7.5 are original to the piec...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Art Deco Adjustable Walter Von Nessen Original Swing Arm Lamp Early Production
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in San Diego, CA
Early production on this floor lamp design by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, in brushed steel finish, the arm moves back and forward and the pole goes up and down comes with t...
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20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen

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Steel

Chase Walter Von Nessen Horse Bookends Statue
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Oakland, CA
Extremely rare set of chase Equestrian bookends sculpture designed by Walter Von Nessen in 1932. Industrial Design incorporated with the latest materials and machine age approach. Th...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Walter Von Nesson 'Skyscraper' Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen, Jule Bouy
Located in Hudson, NY
Silvered metal floor lamp, circa 1930. Measure: Base is 10" x 10".
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Desk Lamp with Swing Arm by Walter Von Nessen, 1960s
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studio desk lamp. Features swing arm design and adjustable shade. The lamp has a sleek cylinder shade with circular base in polished c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal, Chrome

Walter Von Nessen Art Deco Skyscraper Style Frosted Glass & Black Enamel Uplight
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and graphic Art Deco Machine Age uplight was realized by the celebrated designer Walter Von Nessen circa 1935. It Features a circular black enamel base from which stream...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Enamel

1930s American Art Deco Watering Can
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase and Co.
Located in Rochester, NY
American Art Deco machine age copper and brass watering can designed by Walter Von Nessen for Chase. Stamped Chase with centaur figure on underside, circa 1930. Look at all pictures...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Copper

1950s Rare Polished Brushed Brass Lamp by Nessen Studios
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in San Diego, CA
Elegant table lamp designed in 1950s by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, the lamp has been polished, rewired and has a brand new linen lamp shade, it has a double socket head an...
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20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Rectangular White Marble Lamps Designed by Nessen Lamps
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful pair of solid white marble rectangular lamps designed in the 1970s by the Nessen Lamp Company. The white and black veined marble block table lamps are very heavy and in g...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Marble, Metal

Pair of White Torchieres by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Denver, CO
A pair of white torchieres by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios. Dramatic tapered stems beneath large conical shades rise from weighted disc bases. Included adapters convert o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Metal

Walter Von Nessen for Chase American Art Deco Modernist Wall Sconces
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase and Co.
Located in New York, NY
American Art Deco modernist pair of wall candle sconces in copper, enamel and brass, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Chase. The pair is in unused condition and was made during the ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Copper, Enamel

Walter Von Nessen Modern Swing Arm Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in New York, NY
Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios modern floor lamp with adjustable swing arm, aluminum with basket-form metal shade, signed under weighted base "Nessen Studios No. 10." Measures...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Aluminum

Walter Von Nessen Studios Adjustable Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Walter Von Nessen late 1930s adjustable floor lamp. Lamp can be raised from 49" - 60" in height. Shade also pivots to direct light down or up! Perfect as a reading Lamp and to illumi...
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1930s American Machine Age Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Aluminum, Chrome

Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Lamps Brass Swing Arm Lamp Original Shade
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in San Francisco, CA
Handsome Walter Von Nessen design for Nessen lamps, circa 1970s A brass swing arm lamp with it's rare original shade, heavy weighted base with pole to one side, arm stretches out,...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal, Brass

Art Deco Walter Von Nessen Bookends for Chase, Toy Soldiers in Brass & Bakelite
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very rare pair of Walter Von Nessen toy soldier bookends in brass and bakelite. All original with beautiful patina and age. Hallmarked. Very slight separation at one corner, see photo.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Art Deco Chrome Column Lamps by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Art Deco chrome column lamps by Walter Von Nessen, American, circa 1930s. They are each signed "Nessen Studios, Inc.". Rewired and ready to use. The price noted includes the ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal

Nessen Studio Marble Table Lamps in Black Marble
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of black and white veined marble block table lamps by Nessen Studio. These lamps are very heavy. We have fitted for normal shades. With shades lamps measure 31.25"H x ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Marble, Metal

Walter von Nessen Art Deco Bookends
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of sculptural Art Deco bookends, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Chase, unsigned, American, circa 1930s. They are believed to be constructed of brass, but have taken on a warm...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal, Brass

Walter Von Nessen Brushed Nickel Swing Arm Table Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in St. Louis, MO
Listed is Walter Von Nessen's most famous lamp, which he designed in 1930s. This swing-arm Classic in brushed nickel is in very nice condition, and production date is sometime in the...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Nickel

Walter Von Nessen "Continental" Coffee Making Service for Chase Brass and Copper
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Wonderful American Art Deco design from 1934. Chrome-plated copper coffee set with Bakelite handles and lid holders. Made by Chase Brass and Copper Inc. Additional dimensions: Su...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Copper, Chrome

Rare Art Deco Set of Sugar and Creamer Designed by Walter Von Nessen
By Manning Bowman, Walter Von Nessen
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare set of chrome sugar and creamer, with bakelite, handles designed by Walter Von Nessen, for Manning Bowman in very good condition, circa 1930s.
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20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Mid-Century Water Von Nessen Double Light Lamp
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
In wonderful condition. This polished brass Nessen lamp is quite striking a displays beautifully. Originally curated by Warren Platner for a home he deigned in Greenwich, CT. Ano...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Art Deco Machine Age Copper Scroll Form Book Ends by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Art Deco machine age scroll form bookends were designed by the celebrated luminary Walter Von Nessen and realized in the United States, circa 1950. With their cl...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Copper

Toothpick Server
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A polished silver sphere with multiple perforations for holding and dispensing toothpicks. Stamped "Chase USA".
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome, Steel

Chase Cat Statue in Copper and Brass, Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Oakland, CA
Whimsical and stylish this Art Deco streamlined cat doorstop fashioned of copper and brass by Walter Von Nessen is highly collectible especially in perfectly restored condition such ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Copper

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Von Nessen for Chase Tulip Candlestick Holders
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine age Art Deco Walter Von Nessen for chase tulip candlestick holders candle stick candlesticks Rare pair early Nessen designs for Chase, #NS639 (first Catalog only-1933) "Tu...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Walter Von Nessen Brass and Copper Cat Statue by Chase
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Art Deco Era brass and copper cat statue designed by Walter Von Nessen for the Chase Brass Company. It has been used as a doorstop or a bookend, too.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Copper, Brass

Walter Von Nessen Table Lamp
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Chicago, IL
Walter Von Nessen swing arm table lamp with linen shade.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal

Machine Age Table Lamp by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This iconic lamp exemplifies the Art Deco machine age era in America. The lamp features tiered aluminum with inset bands of brass and Bakelite and a center glassed-in socket surround...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Aluminum, Bronze, Steel

Tall Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studios Walnut & Inlaid Brass "Tower" Table Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Slender Walter Von Nessen designed Nessen Studios Walnut & Brass Table Lamp, 1960s. Featuring an architectural solid hardwood column with vertical brass inlay. Small footprint. Adjus...
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1960s American Minimalist Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Walter Von Nessen Pair of Brass and Bakelite Elephant Bookends
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company
Located in Mexico City, MX
A pair of Art Deco brass bookend with bakelite heads in shape of elephants by German-born American designer Walter Von Nessen. Both pieces have the Chase Brass and Copper Company marks.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Machine Age Art Deco Bookends by Walter Von Nessen for Chase & Co. No
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase and Co.
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous pair of Machine Age or Art Deco bookends by Walter Von Nessen for Chase & Co., circa 1930s. These are solid brass bookends with three perpendicular rounded beams along a squ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Marble Table Lamps by Nessen Studio
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of black and white veined marble block table lamps by Nessen Studio. These lamps are very heavy.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Marble, Metal

Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp by Nessen Studios
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Providence, RI
Adjustable brass floor lamp by Nessen Studios of New York, circa 1939. Adjusts from floor lamp height (65"), to reading lamp height (55"). Lamp has been completely re-wired for safet...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Table Lamp by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A corrugated patinated brass table lamp with a glass diffuser shade to direct light upwards and a fabric shade to soften the glow.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Art Deco Machine Age Copper & Brass Bookends by Walter Von Nessen for Chase Co
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase and Co.
Located in New York, NY
This streamlined pair of bookends was designed by Walter Von Nessen for the Chase Company, circa 1930. Von Nessen was an influential designer who began his American career in the 192...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Copper

Chrome and Linen Adjustable Floor Lamp by Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A 1970s polish chrome with a vanilla linen shade adjustable floor lamp by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios. The lamp has a swing arm and it raises up and down. Newly rewired. D...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Early Pair of Von Nessen Swing Arm Table Lamps
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A rare pair of brushed chrome desk lamps, with the original early light switches on the base of the lamps.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Pair of Early Art Deco Floor Lamps by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of early Art Deco floor lamps, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, American, circa 1940s. They slide up and down for an adjustable height. They have been rewired a...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Metal, Aluminum

Machine Age Art Deco Mixed Metal Lighting Designs by Walter Von Nessen
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen, Miller Lamp Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Mixed Metal Lighting Designs by Walter Von Nessen Price Reduced from $4800 Original pair Chase wall-hanging candle brackets and rare Miller Lamp Co. articulati...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Copper, Enamel, Steel, Aluminum, Brass

Modernist Walnut and Brass Table Lamp by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist walnut and brass table lamp by Walter Von Nessen, stunning walnut base, brushed brass standard, retains original milk glass cup shade.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Nessen NT754 Polished Brass and Chrome Table Lamps
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in St. Louis, MO
Listed are a pair of Nessen NT754 polished brass with chrome disc. Shades are not original, (nice but not perfect), lamps are in very nice condition. Switch at bottom of lamp column,...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass, Chrome

Pair of Machine Age Art Deco Efcolite Skyscraper Sconces by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen, Efco Lite 1
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Machine Age Art Deco Efcolite skyscraper sconces by Walter Von Nessen. One of Nessen's iconic early 1930s designs for Efcolite. Original lustrous milky white glaze with a...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp Early Version
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in New York, NY
Early and rare version of the now iconic Machine Age Nessen swing arm floor lamp. The construction of this example dates the lamp from the 1930's (fluted column etc.), the lamp is s...
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Mid-20th Century American Machine Age Walter Von Nessen

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Steel

Nessen Studio Swing Art Desk Lamp
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Camden, ME
Versatile desk or table lamp was made by Nessen Studios, NY, circa 1940 and is in near perfect original condition. Original glass and shade.
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1940s American Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Walter Von Nessen Art Deco Styled Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A brushed stainless steel pole floor lamp with integrated laminate drink table with metal base and original linen shade. Manufactured by the Nessen Lamp Company. The drink table meas...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen

Walter Von Nessen Milk Glass Desk Lamp with Brass Base, American, 1950s
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Maastricht, NL
A 1950s desk lamp by Walter Von Nessen with a milk glass diffuser. The lamp still has the original label underneath. The fabric diffuser is a professional reconstruction of the origi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of American Art Deco Chrome Globe Ashtrays by Walter Von Nessen for Chase
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Port Hope, ON
The design of this pair of American Art Deco chrome with gunmetal blue paint "Globe Ash Receivers" first appeared in the chase specialties catalog of 1937. The design is by Walter Vo...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Enamel, Chrome

Pair of Von Nessen Articulated Chrome Floor Lamps
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Oaks, PA
A pair of Walter Von Nessen articulated chrome floor lamps. With adjusted width swing arm (adjusts from 8.5" to 15.25"). Custom linen shade measures 5" H x 15" D with a 5" H harp. Ex...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Brass Swing Arm Desk or Table Lamp by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A beautiful aged brass desk or table lamp in original condition. This is a classic modern design by Walter Von Nessen in the 1960s. The arm is adjustable, when extended all the way...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of Clean Lined Architectural Lamps by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of clean lined architectural lamps, designed by Walter Von Nessen, circa 1950s. They are very well constructed with sleek walnut shafts with inset chromed metal trim and bases. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Von Nessen for Chase Cube Cigarette Servers, Pair
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Von Nessen for Chase Cube Cigarette Servers, Pair Iconic Bauhaus-influenced intersecting geometry design by Nessen. Although diminutive, one of Nessen's b...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Enamel, Chrome, Copper

Walter Von Nessen Chrome Swing Arm Table / Desk Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A chromed table / desk lamp with adjustable swing arm and topped with a linen shade manufactured by the Nessen Lighting Company NY. The base of the shade diameter is 14".
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Early 1930s Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp, Art Deco
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great example, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Walter Von Nessen adjustable height floor lamp. From 50" -58", retains original milk glass shade, also original white bakelite on/off switch, brass ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Brass

Pair of American Art Deco Chase Continental Coffee Sets by Walter Von Nessen.
By Chase Brass and Copper Company, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Port Hope, ON
Walter Von Nessen's iconic design for the Chase Brass and Copper Company for their Continental Coffee Service is here presented in both of its versions. This set combines the more fa...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome

Pair of Polished Chrome Table Lamps by Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of newly re-plated polished chrome 1960s table lamps by Nessen. Newly rewired with new oatmeal colored shades. Lamps are 32" high shades are 20" diameter Bases are 8" x 8"
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen

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Chrome