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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
Pair of 'Lola' Brass and Metal Adjustable Sconces in Ivory
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 'Lola' brass and metal adjustable sconces in Ivory. Hand-fabricated by Los Angeles based designer and lighting professional Alvaro Benitez, these highly refined sconces are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

21st Century Art Deco Style Moreira Wall Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Moreira Wall Lamp Golden Lacquered Clear Glass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Simplicity and elegance are the main feature...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Wood

Pair of Swedish Midcentury Wall Lamps by Hans Bergström for Ateljé Lyktan
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of rare wall lights model "434" by Hans Bergström for Ateljé Lyktan. The lamps are made of brass with white plexi shades. The shades are held by elegant X-shaped brass poles. E...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Maison Arlus Wall Light in Red Mesh and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Maison Arlus, wall light, metal, glass and brass, France, 1960s. Elegant wall light in red mesh metal and brass. This light reminds of traditional lights of a carriage or outdoor l...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of 'Lola' Brass and Metal Adjustable Sconces in White
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 'Lola' brass and metal adjustable sconces in white. Hand-fabricated by Los Angeles based designer and lighting professional Alvaro Benitez, these highly refined sconces are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Gilt Bronze Sconces by Felix Agostini
Located in Montreal, QC
Pair of gilt bronze sconces by Felix Agostini.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bronze

Giotto Sconce (Standard) in Walnut and Brass Finishes By Matthew Fairbank
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Giotto Sconce unifies three luxe materials. A hand-blown globe rests upon a tapered wooden body. Precisely machined brass elements add ornament and strength. Wood, glass and bras...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Walnut, Glass

Pair of Large Murano Glass Sconces Mazzega style
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern pair of Murano glass wall sconces, attributed to Mazzega, Italy 1980s. The vintage sconces are made of 3 long and curved tiles in Murano glass, in a beautiful sem...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair of Large Massive Murano Glass Wall Lights or Flushmounts, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Clean lines to complement all decors. Pair of wonderful high-end Hillebrand flush Mounts with brass detail and thick textured brown/gray blown flaked glass, filling a room with a sof...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Max Ingrand Chiseled Glass Sconces or Ceiling Lights, Italy 1960's
Located in New York, NY
MAX INGRAND ( 1908-1969) for FONTANA ARTE Pair of wall sconces, also fitted as ceiling fixtures, in opaline glass with chiseled glass diffuser, chromed mounts Italy, 1960's Dimens...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Opaline Glass

Willem Hagoort Wall Lamp 'Arc' in Teak and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Willem Hagoort, 'Arc' wall light, teak, metal, The Netherlands, 1950s Arc wall lamp designed by Dutch designer Willem Hagoort in the 1950s. The teak wall mount and nickel plated arm...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Large Wall Sconces 4 lights, France 1950
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Pair of large sconces with 4 lights in varnished brass and opaline, France, 1950. The inverted cone-shaped opalines are enamelled with black streaks on the central part, they rest on...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large Set of Wall Lights with Chrome Base
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lights, chrome and canvas, Europe, 1970s This large set of wall-mounted light shades feature a modest design that fits well as extra details in any kind of interior. The cubist...
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1970s European 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

Two Pairs of White Glass Balls and Brass Sconces, Attributed to Stilnovo, 1960s
Located in Dallas, TX
Two pairs of 3-light Mid-Century Modern wall sconces, made of white translucent glass globes and cast brass mounts. Attributed to Stilnovo, Italy, 1960s. Beautiful quality. They c...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Frank Ligtelijn Morning Haze sconces RAAK The Netherlands 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful pair of sconces lamps model C-1751 Morning Haze designed by Frank Ligtelijn and manufactured by RAAK, The Netherlands 1970. These lamps have a chrome plated ring with a bla...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

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

Brass and Hand Blown Murano Glass Wall Lights by J.T. Kalmar, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
High-end wall sconces made of blown clear and opal Murano glass on a messing hardware. Designed and produced by J.T. Kalmar, Austria in the 1960s. Minimalistic design executed with a...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Designer, Wall Lights, Milk Glass, Brass, Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights in brass, milk glass, and black-lacquered metal designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

OMI, Pair of Adjustable Wall Lights, Brass, White Lacquered Metal, Sweden, 1960s
By OMI
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of brass and white-lacquered metal, adjustable wall lights, designed and produced by OMI, Sweden, c. 1950s-1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Hillebrand Brass Glass Wall Light Fixtures, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Clean lines to complement all decors. A wonderful high-end Hillebrand wall light fixture with brass details and thick textured glass. The wall sconce holds 1 E14 socket max 40 Wat...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Light, Brass, Milk Glass, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass and milk glass wall light / sconce designed and produced in Sweden, 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Lacquered Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable wall light / sconce with a dark blue and black lacquered metal shade with brass hardware. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

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

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

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

Pair of Sconces Brass and Glass Opaline Stilnovo Style 1950s
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Pair of sconces glass opaline and brass Stilnovo style 1955 ca. Condition: Good good condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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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

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

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

Flavio Poli Redesigned Seguso Glass Flush Mount Hotel Bristol, Italy, 1955
Located in Vienna, AT
Redesigned bespoke 44" flush mount from original Flavio Poli glass pieces from the hotel Bristol, Italy 1954 We gave new life to glass from a 1950s ceiling fixture salvaged from t...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Pink Murano Glass Flush Mount Light by La Murrina, 1970
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous flush mount light or wall sconce produced from La Murrina, Murano, Italy in the 1970s. With original manufacturers glass stamp. The beautiful Murano glass is made in pink ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Set of Two Italian Gold Glass Wall Sconces, 1970s
By Tre Ci/Luce Cesaro L., Tre Ci Luce Vega
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

Brass and Blown Murano Glass Wall Light or Flushmount, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
High-end brass and Murano glass wall lights or flushmount by Hillebrand. Manufactured in the late 1960s-early 1970s. The brass ring holds a large heavy blown glass with four brass br...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

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

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

Materials

Metal

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

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

LUte LP Sconce by Lumfardo Luminaires
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The stunning LUte LP Sconce by Lumfardo Luminaires is a taller and wider perforated version of the LUte Sconce. An up and down fixed cylindrical wall sconce in a perforated unlacquer...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Sevral 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

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

1 of the 4 Glass and Brass Floral Wall Lights from Ernst Palme, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
These sculptural wall sconces have the design of a bouquet of textured glass flowers and are from the historical lighting company Ernst Palme. Each light has seven glass shades. ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

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 Blue and Red 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

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

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

Wonderful Star Flush Mount/ Wall Light Peill Putzler Crystal Glass, Germany
Located in Rijssen, NL
Exclusive Sputnik crystal glass flush mount/ wall light designed by Sciolari for Peil & Putzler, Germany, 1970s Wonderful light effect. Dimensions D 17.3 "44 cm x H 6.2" 16 cm ...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

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 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

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

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

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

Castiglioni Midcentury White Metal "Light Ball" Italian Sconce for Flos, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury "Light Ball' white metal and opaline glass sconce for Flos. This fantastic item was designed by Achille Castiglioni and manufactured in Italy for Flos during the 1...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

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

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

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

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black One Rotating Curved Arm Wall Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model "One Rotating Curved Arm Wall Lamp" designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and f...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

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

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