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Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

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

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

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

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

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

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Swedish Designer, Wall Light, Red-Lacquered Metal, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable wall light in red-lacquered metal, brass, and fabric. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s-1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconce in Green for Arteluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconce in green for Arteluce. Executed in original green painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1940s. These sconces feature reeded glass with brass accents. Rewired for U.S. standards....
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Four Italian Wall Sconces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two pairs of Italian sconces. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Frosted glass diffusers with brass hardware. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recommend two E12 30w maxi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall lights / Sculptures, Italy, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large midcentury modern chrome wall lights- sculptures produced in Italy 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones or fixtures will contribute to a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

1 of the 6 XL Wall Sconces Barovier & Toso Murano Glass and Gold-Plated, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 elegant and exquisite hand blown murano glass Barovier & Toso 19.7" Height wall sconces. Each light fixture consists three blown murano gold flaked glass leaves surrounded...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Large Brass Sconces, Maison Jansen Style - set of six
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern brass wall sconces, in the style of Maison Jansen, France, 1970s The brass sconces have 1-light each, and are rewired for the US. The sconces are mad...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' Outdoor Wall Lamps for Oluce in Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' outdoor wall lamps for Oluce in black. Executed in lacquered aluminum and glass, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the midc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

1 of 8 White Glass Modern Wall Lamps by Glashütte Limburg, 1970
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 Mid-Century Pyramid wall lamps by Glashütte Limburg made in Germany in the 1970s. They have a beautiful cone shape and are made of solid brass and opaline glass. The insid...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

French Brass and Glass Sconces, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of Genet & Michon attributed wall lights from the 1940-1950s. The hardware is made of brass patinated in two tones: dark with a slight purple tint for the backplate and a c...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large 1960s Helena Tynell Amber Bubble Glass Flush Mount for Limburg
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1960s Helena Tynell Model Amber Bubble Glass Lamp for Limburg. Executed in thick and heavy textured amber bubble glass and painted metal mount. Can be mounted on the ceiling or...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Gino Sarfatti Model 194N Adjustable Wall Light for Arteluce, circa 1950
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model 194N adjustable wall light for Arteluce, circa 1950. A rare and iconic Sarfatti design executed in green painted metal, painted steel, chrome-plated metal. Retain...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Metal, Steel, Chrome

White Milkglass Half Cylinder Wall Lights by Limburg, Germany, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful white milkglass wall lights with small air bubbles. The lights are half cylinder shaped. They are manufactured by the company Glasshütte Limburg, in Germany, Europe around...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Art Glass

Murano Art Glass Gold and White Wall Light, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful design for this leaf-shaped applique, all gold with a vertical white rib. The applique is made up of a single piece of Murano glass, almost as if it were a Murano "sommers...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair Wall Lights Ceramic by Otello Rosà from San Polo Venice 50s Signed
Located in Lucca, IT
Pair of painted ceramic wall lights, they represent two figures of masked boys, dresses in the Venetian style, in the basket there goes the light bulbs, they are signed on the back. ...
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Mid-17th Century Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Jacques Biny for Luminalite Edition Model '212' Wall Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare, original Jacques Biny for Luminalite Edition Model '212' wall lights, in black enameled metal, partially perforated, with white enameled louvers, wired for US standards, one E1...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

JJM Hoogervorst Wall Lamp Anvia The Netherlands 1950
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful and rare wall lamp designed by JJM Hoogervorst for Anvia Almelo, The Netherlands 1950. The lamp has an nickel plated chrome wall arm and original red lacquered shade and wa...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Nickel

Stilnovo Style Wall Light, Brass and Lacquered Aluminum
Located in Bochum, NRW
Inspired by the Italian mid-century designs, this wall light will make the focus center of your interior. Two arms piercing the center, each ending with a aluminum lacquered shade, d...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Set of Two Italian Gold Glass Wall Sconces, 1970s
By Tre Ci Luce Vega, Tre Ci/Luce Cesaro L.
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Set of two Italian Tubular Wall Sconces by Tre Ci Luce from 70s. These Wall Sconces have no use, they are new old stock, the condition is excellent .“Tre Ci Luce” original label sti...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Stilnovo Pearl White Red Globe Sconces, Mid Century
Located in Vienna, AT
Stilnovo pearl white red globe pendant lamp, circa 1965 Beautiful vintage Italian wall lamps, aluminium sheet, enameled pearly white and red with a visor effect once illuminated. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Pairs of Mid-Century Italian Glass Wall Lights
Located in London, GB
A pair of mid-century wall lights, in the manner of Caccia Dominioni. Italy, c1960s. Patinated brass and etched glass shades. Please note these are in vintage condition, ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Several Opaque Glass / Brass Wall Lights by Limburg, Germany, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Heavy quality glass lamps with brass base. Beautiful white, opaque glass. Manufactured by the company Glasshütte Limburg, in Germany, Europe around 1970. This wall light gives a war...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

1 of the 11 of Iron and Bubble Glass Sconces Wall Lamps by Limburg Germany, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
One of the seven beautiful and unique hand blown glass wall lights. Manufactured by Glashütte Limburg in Germany during the 1960s, (late 1960s or early 1970s). Beautiful craftsman...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of 1960s Wall Light Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari for Boulanger
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
Two 1960s wall lights in Murano glass by Gaetano Sciolari for Boulanger. The large glass shades cast a soft, diffused light. They are mounted on brass mounts, the shades held ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of 1950s Red & Black Stilnovo Diablo Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s red & black Stilnovo Diablo sconces. Executed in in perforated black and red painted metal and patinated brass. Lamp adjusts freely on a flexible ball joint to a variet...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

Arlus Pair of Mid-Century Wall Sconces, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Pair of midcentury wall sconces by Arlus (Paris), France, 1950s. Measures: height 14.4"(36.5cm), diameter 2.4"(6.1cm). Same period as Lunel and Stilnovo. Delivered wired for your cou...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Pair Citrus Swirl Clear Glass Wall Lights or Sconces from J.T. Kalmar, 1969
Located in Rijssen, NL
Pair of Kalmar swirl sconces wall lights with clear colored swirl glass. Beautiful, thick textured glass is complimented by brass and metal white metal hardware. Simple and clean des...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Blue Murano Glass Arrow Sconces by Mazzega. Itay, 1970s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of curve wall lights lamps sconces design arrow in Murano glass, white lacquered metal and brass by the manufacture Mazzega. Famous design like Aldo Carlo Nason, Venini, Vistosi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Helena Tynell Large Amber Bubble Flush Mount Sconce for Limburg, 1960s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Beautiful large bubble sconce, wall light or flush mount by Helena Tynell for Glashütte Limburg, Germany, 1960s. Made of glossy amber colored glass with a gilt colored base. Two E...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

1960s German Doria Leuchten Ice Frosted Tubular Glass & Brass Wall Sconce
Located in London, GB
1960s wall sconces/wall lights with vertical ice-glass frosted tubes positioned at varying heights at either side of a single central longer tube. Manufactured by Doria Leuchten in G...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Swedish Midcentury Wall Lamps in Brass and Glass by Boréns
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of wall lights manufactured in Sweden, 1960s. Each lamp features one light source, surrounded by a large blue glass shade. Condition: Good original condition. A small piece...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Triptych of Jewel like Appliques attr. to Angelo Lelli in Suprematist Art Style
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning and super rare triptych of jewel like appliques finished in plexiglass and brass attributed to Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce, circa 1956. These appliques feature a stunning su...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large Sergio Mazza 'Magnolia' Ceiling Lamp for Quattrifolio, circa 1971
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Sergio Mazza 'Magnolia' ceiling lamp for Quattrifolio, circa 1971. Executed in a seemingly floating bilious hand blown opaline glass shade below a Minimalist white enameled met...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

1970s Ceiling or Wall Glass Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- 6 items available - good original condition.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Pair of Bubble Glass Wall Lamps or Flush Mounts by Helena Tynell, 1960s Limburg
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Fully functional. Each E14 sockets. Works with 220V and 110V. Wiring is suitable for all countries.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Rare Art Glass Pendant Lamp by France Higgins with Nine Fused Rondelays
Located in Framingham, MA
Extremely rare Higgins art glass pendant lamp featuring nine "Rondelay" concentric colored circle fused glass squares in a wonderful walnut casing with six sides - three of which hol...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Art Glass, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Yellow Wall Lamps by Claus Bolby for Cebo Industri, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A pair of yellow handmade acrylic wall lamps. The sconces were designed by Claus Bolby and manufactured by his own company, Cebo industry. By experimenting, Bolby discovered a techni...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Large Charlotte Perriand 'Applique à Volet Pivotant Double' Wall Light in White
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Charlotte Perriand 'Applique à Volet Pivotant Double' wall light in white. Originally designed in the midcentury era by the iconic Charlotte Perriand, these newly produced auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Metal

Blagard Ceiling Lamp by Clemmensen & Jørgen Bo for Fog & Mørup, Denmark 1960's
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This ceiling lamp was designed by the architects Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen & Jørgen Bo for Fog & Mørup in the 1960's. It is part of the Blågård series and has a petrol blue original ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

1980s Set of Two Mid-century Modern Brass and Murano Glass Wall Sconces
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two wall sconces made in Italy in the Eighties in the manner of Barovier, fully restored electrical parts, they work 110-240 volts and need regular bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Frank, Two-Armed Wall Light, Brass, Fabric, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall light / sconce. Designed by Josef Frank, produced by Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Sweden, c. 1950s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Lisa Johansson-Pape, Se...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Italian Sconces by Mazzega, 1970s
Located in Palermo, PA
Pair of Italian sconces by Mazzega, 1970s. Dimensions: H=19 cm; W=18 cm; D=13 cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

One of the Four Blown Murano Glass and Brass Wall Lights by Hillebrand, 1969
Located in Rijssen, NL
One of the four high-end Murano glass on a brass base sconces by Hillebrand, Germany, circa 1960s. Length 13.8 inch It consists of textured quality clear crystal tubular shade simul...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

1 of the 4 Large Gold-Plated Glass Wall Lights in the Style of Brotto
Located in Rijssen, NL
This stunning wall light with each one glass bowl and gold-plated fittings was produced in the 1970s in the style of Brotto. Illuminates beautifully. Elegant and fine, it is comforta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Gold Plate

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Design Wall Lights 1950 Stilnovo Style Brass Opaline
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Stylish & timeless ! These Italian 1950 mid-century design wall lights in the style of Stilnovo Marvelous combination between brass & opaline glass ! These wall lights look amazi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern wallights by Oscar Torlasco '1934-2004' for Lumi
Located in London, GB
Pair of rare elegant well sized wallights Model 579 designed by the well known designer Oscar Torlasco and produced by Lumi. They have one reflector in brass per wallight with pierce...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

J.A. Coderch 'Junco' Rattan Cane Wall Lamp for Tunds
Located in Glendale, CA
J.A. Coderch 'Junco' rattan cane wall lamp for Tunds. Executed in rattan cane. Pablo Picasso declared one of J.A. Coderch's bentwood designs to be "the most wonderful pendant lamp o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Cane, Rattan

Pair of German Vintage Amber Bubble Glass Wall or Ceiling Lights Flush Mounts
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of wonderful rare vintage bubble glass flush mounts sconces. Germany, 1960s. Lamp sockets: 1x.  
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Large Size Mid-Century Chrome Wall Lights by Staff Leuchten, Germany, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large size midcentury chrome wall lights produced by Staff Leuchten, Germany, 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones or fixtures will contribute ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Gold Leaf Sconces by Barovier e Toso, 4 Pairs Available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian leaf shaped wall light shown in hand blown murano glass infused with 24-karat gold flecks mounted on bronze frame / Made in Italy by Barovier e Toso, circa 1950s 1 light / E1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Murano Art Glass and Brass Smoked Color Mid-Century Wall Light, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Very original Murano glass wall lamp with a very elongated design of the glass leaf and a unique smoky color. The applique is composed of a gold-colored metal structure to which thr...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Swedish Midcentury Wall Lamps in Brass and Glass
By ASEA
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of wall lights manufactured in Sweden circa 1950. Each lamp features two light sources, hidden by a frosted opaline glass shade. The shades are kept in place by a perforated br...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Pair of Wall Lights by Fontana Arte, Italy 1950
Located in Miami, FL
Mid century modern pair of wall lights by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte Italy, circa 1940s-1950s. Curved glass, brass, mirror, enameled metal  Located in our store in Miami rea...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Oluce Italian Mid-Century Sconces Glass and Metal Wall Lamps, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Oluce Italian mid-century sconces wall lamps produced by Oluce from 1960, burnished brass frame and pressed glass diffusers, adjustable in height, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Michel Buffet Mid-Century Modern White B205 Wall Sconce Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall sconce lamp model 'B205' designed by Michel Buffet in 1953. Measures: 33 x 27 x 8 cm. The production of this re-edition lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured u...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

1 of 2 Extraordinary Large Rare Peacock Crystal Sconce by Palwa, Germany, 1960s
Located in Aachen, NRW
A stunning large golden sconce, made by Palwa, Germany, circa 1960-1969. 100s of Crystal glasses on a gilt brass frame. Best of the 1960s from Germany. Amazing wall lamp. Each sconc...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

1930s Movie Theater Lobby Pirate Sconce
Located in Prescott, US
With the release of several Pirate based movies in the mid 1930s, it is easy to image these sconces in the movie theater lobby for the movies such as Captain Blood '35, Treasure Isla...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

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