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Chinoiserie Lighting

CHINOISERIE STYLE

Emerging in the 17th century, chinoiserie appropriated the aesthetics and imagery of popular East Asian design for European-made versions. Reflecting the exoticization of China, Japan and other countries in this era, the word directly translates from French to “Chinese-esque,” which reveals its shortcomings as a style of furniture and decor that often stereotypically and reductively mimics Asian culture rather than showcasing and paying tribute to its artistic traditions.

The enthusiastically decorative chinoiserie style was propelled by influential tastemakers including French King Louis XIV, whose Trianon de Porcelaine in 1670 was inspired by Chinese architecture. Expanded trade between the East and West led to a demand for porcelain, lacquer objects, silk and other goods, which further informed the fanciful furniture being crafted in Europe.

Artisans working in the chinoiserie style used materials and elements like pagoda shapes, bamboo, lacquer surfaces, bird and flower motifs and other interpretations of Asian design on pieces that were frequently set against vibrant wallcoverings. This whimsical approach yielded chinoiserie furniture that boasted dramatic flourishes drawing on the natural world and reflected the dominance of Rococo during the 18th century.

As chinoiserie was shaped by approximations of Asian design by European creators, it had regional variations, such as Chinese Chippendale in England where cabinets, chairs and tea tables had wooden fretwork designs and “japanned” surfaces intended to resemble lacquer work that was created in East Asia. In North America, furniture makers in Boston and New York integrated chinoiserie-painted scenes into Queen Anne furniture.

Antique chinoiserie furniture has continued to be fashionable, from its popularity with decorators of the Hollywood Regency era — James Mont, Tommi Parzinger, William Haines and Samuel Marx favored the style — to contemporary interior designers, although it brings with it a complex history.

Find a collection of chinoiserie bedroom furniture, cabinets, decorative objects and more on 1stDibs.

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Style: Chinoiserie
A Green Ceramic Lamp on a Brass Base
Located in New York, NY
A green ceramic lamp in the Asian style, with a crackled glaze in a deep jade green. Mounted on a brass base, the lamp has a pleated linen shade.
Category

20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Chinese Porcelain Baluster Table Lamps with Linen & Silk Shades
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of vintage Chinese porcelain ceramic table lamps baluster shaped with a heavy textural glaze. The bodies of the lamps are thick colorful porcelain with turquoise, pink, yellow, ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair Chinoiserie Celadon Jade Green Celadon Octagon Urn Table Lamps Black Shades
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely vintage Chinoiserie celadon jade green Celadon octagon or urn shaped table lamps with new black linen-like drum shades and a black painted foot on the wood bases. Beautiful co...
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Chinese Unique hand-carved jade stone table lamp
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The Chinese table lamp, hand-carved from jade, represents a true rarity and a masterpiece of Asian craftsmanship. This unique piece not only gracefully illuminates the space, but als...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Jade, Brass

Pair of Carved Wood Table Lamps Style Oriental
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, AR
Pair of Carved Wood Table Lamps Style Oriental
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1980s Argentine Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Gold Leaf

Set of Sconces with Vintage Decoupage Rice Paper Walnut and Teak Wall Light
Located in Lomita, CA
This set of sconces is architectural in appearance with walnut and teakwood details. The pair offers form and function with a warm light source and loads of chic design. Each fixture...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood, Paper, Teak

Japanese Asian Brass Champleve Cloissone Table Lamp
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning Japanese brass champleve table lamp with colorful enamel detail topped with an etched glass hurricane lamp. Why not own the best? Wired...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Pair Antique French Chinoiserie Cobalt Blue Enameled Porcelain Lamps, Circa 1910
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair Antique French Chinoiserie Cobalt Blue Enameled Porcelain lamps, Circa 1910-1920.
Category

Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Antique, Silver Plated Chinoiserie Sconces
Located in Newport Beach, CA
A pair of remarkable, silvered, French wall sconces in the Chinoiserie style. Each with large, pierced screens filled with blossoming lotus flowers surr...
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Early 1900s French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Chinoiserie Faux Rattan Amphora Table Lamps by Aneta, Sweden 1980's
Located in Grythyttan, SE
This is a pair of fantastic chinoiserie vintage table lamps from the 1980s. The exact material is uncertain, but they are likely made of artificial plaster. The lamps have an amphora...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Plaster

Large Scale Ceramic Chinoiserie Lamp on Wood Base
Located in Stamford, CT
A large scale Asian style ceramic lamp in cream and sand tones adorned with four large high relief two toned brown figures. Carved wood base is 8" x 8". Includes plugged cord. In wor...
Category

1960s Asian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood, Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Chandelier W/ Figures Riding Camels & Pagoda Shades
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-20th Century Decorative Chinoiserie Chandelier with Figures riding camels. Shades are pagoda shaped. Very different and cool chandelier! Chandelie...
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Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Composition

Wonderful Navy Blue Gold Gilt Pagoda Bamboo Chinoiserie Lantern Pair Fixtures
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful medium sized navy blue & gold gilt pagoda bamboo form chinoiserie lantern fixtures with a 4 candelabra light clusters Rewired and ready to install with chain canopy and mounting hardware. Pair lanterns...
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Paint

Pair of Vintage Chinese Porcelain Ceramic Table Lamps with Pink Lamp Shades
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of vintage Chinese porcelain table lamps with vintage pink shades. The bodies of the lamps are a gray/blue color with pink roses and butterflies on the front and lavender flowe...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Gold Leaf

Vintage Chinese Porcelain Pastel Tobacco Leaf Table Lamps with Turquoise Shades
Located in Miami, FL
Offering a pair of vintage Chinese porcelain pastel tobacco leaf table lamps with three-dimensional gold salamanders and heavily textured glaze, circa Mid-20th Century. Because these...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Wonderful Vintage Large Faux Bamboo Pagoda Tole Chinoiserie Gilt Chandelier
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Vintage Large Faux Bamboo Pagoda Form Gold Gilt Tole Chinoiserie Chandelier Having 6 Candelabra Lights And A Reverse Painted Lucite Center.
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Chinoiserie Bronzed Metal Electrified Oil Lamps
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair Of Chinoiserie Bronzed Metal Electrified Oil Lamps, Having Gilt Bronze Mounts, And Bottle Form Bodies Decorated With Dragons And Gilin Handles. Marked ''LB'' To The Underside Of...
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Gold Porcelain Floral Hand-Painted Morris Greenspan Chinoiserie Urn Table Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Exceptional table lamp made of gold color porcelain hand-painted with floral and vines motifs mounted on a solid wood base. A beautiful object of art for display. Includes original o...
Category

1970s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Pair Vintage Chinese Porcelain Hand Painted Tobacco Leaf Table Lamps Ginger Jars
By Toyo
Located in Miami, FL
Offering a remarkable pair of completely restored vintage hand painted Chinese Tobacco Leaf lamps, circa Mid 20th Century. The lamps were disassembled, the ginger jars were thoroughl...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

A Pair of Oriental Porcelain Vase Lamps A Lovely Vintage pair dates back to t
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Pair of Oriental Porcelain Vase Lamps A Lovely Vintage pair dates back to the 20th Century, the lamps have been matched with new pale blue shades Each vase has a cartouche with ...
Category

1920s Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Elegant Chinoiserie Antique Table Lamp
Located in Lincoln, GB
Elegant Chinoiserie Antique Table Lamp. This exquisite lamp showcases the perfect blend of timeless elegance and intricate Chinoiserie design. Crafted with meticulous attention to de...
Category

19th Century Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

Pair of Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie Etched Brass Vintage Tea Caddy Table Lamps
Located in Lomita, CA
Fredrick Cooper's beautiful styling on brass with etched designs on the surface of this pair of Hollywood Regency lamps create a lighting standout. They will enhance many design sett...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Lampe Louis Drimmer porcelaine décor Chinois doré à l'or Français 1970 Vintage
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Grand pied de lampe signée de la maison Louis Drimmer. fond bleu canard, richement décorée à l'or fin de fleurs chinoises roses, elle repose sur un socle à quatre pattes en laiton. ...
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1970s French Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Gold Leaf

Handsome Black and Gold Chinoiserie Table Lamp
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Great looking glossy black ginger jar ceramic lamp on carved rosewood base having handsome black and gold paper chinoiserie decorated shade. Lamp its...
Category

1930s North American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Paper

Early 20th Century Venetian Crystal Chandelier
Located in Charleston, SC
This Italian chandelier was made in Venice during the early half of the 20th century, circa 1930, and features a bird cage style frame with three candles decorated with crystal swag ...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Tin

Theodore Alexander Hand Painted Black & Gold Tole Style Trophy Table Buffet Lamp
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful Theodore Alexander Tole style table lamp. It features a trumpet or trophy urn form with a black hand painted wooden column decorated in colorful flowers and butterflies. ...
Category

Late 20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Paint, Hardwood

Pair of Antique 19th Century Chinese Bronze Candlestick Lamps
Located in Peabody, MA
Pair of antique bronze work Chinese candlesticks converted to lamps, ca. late 1800s. 38" high to top of finials, 26.5" high to top of sockets.
Category

Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Whimsical Chinese Figurine Midcentury Ceramic Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Whimsical Chinese figurine Midcentury ceramic lamp with original pagoda-shaped lampshade.
Category

1940s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Fabric, Bamboo, Hardwood

Marbro Gilt Chinoiserie Baluster Table Lamp
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 ...
Category

1960s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

Frederick Copper Chinoiserie Floral Design Green Porcelain Table Lamp, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A pair of Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie style table lamps. Adorned with a captivating floral motif, each lamp boasts a bird motif in the ce...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Chinoiserie Octagonal Mirrored Reverse Hand-Painted Gold Gilt Lantern Pendant
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Chinoiserie Octagonal Mirrored & Reverse Hand Painted Gold Gilt Lantern Pendents With 3 Candelabra Lights.
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Mirror

Large Mid century ceramic table lamp with Oriental images.
Located in Herentals, BE
The lamp base has an attractive Oriental-inspired drawing of Japanese cherry tree and a lovely scene of geishas. The table lamp has a new professionally handmade custom lampshade mad...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Silk

Large, Red MCM Asian Kitsch lantern
Located in Berkeley, CA
Living large. this one of a kind, rich asian red lantern would cool up just about any room. ( I see it in a kitchen.) 4 x 60 warm LED bulbs included.
Category

1950s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

19th Century Chinese ‘Sang Bouef’ Table Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The deep, rich, orange/red color of this 19th Century Chinese “Sang Boeuf” ceramic lamp on its wood stand adds rich depth to any room or space! The Sang Bo...
Category

19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Two-Tier inverted Umbrella Chinoiserie Pagoda Chandelier w/ Brass Bells
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bring the exotic into your space. This Vintage Vaughan English Two-tier black pagoda wood chandelier with bell tassel detail and gold Arabic design adds a deep richness to any space.
Category

Late 20th Century English Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Vintage Glazed Pottery Bamboo Lamp
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Beautiful simplistic glazed pottery lamp in bamboo form. Wonderful color and detail in glazing. Fine Chinoiserie styling with deep bamboo leaf accent.
Category

20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Pottery

An ORIENTALIST NEOCLASSICAL CHINESE DRAGON Ceramic TABLE LAMP, France 1950
Located in PARIS, FR
A spectacular, very large and massive dragon table lamp, Chinese, Orientalist, Shabby-Chic, Zoomorphic, thick wooden base, important dragon sculpture in khaki green enameled ceramic,...
Category

1950s French Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Early 18th Century Dutch Delft Vase Converted into a Lamp
Located in AMSTERDAM, NH
A fine early Dutch delftware vase with chinoiserie decoration converted into a lamp. Origine: Delft, The Netherlands Date: circa 1720 Workshop: Unknown. This 18th century Dut...
Category

Early 18th Century Dutch Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Early 20th Century Chinoiserie Floor Lamp
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Early 20th Century original ebonised chinoiserie floor standing lamp. Circular turned base on small bun feet with intricate turned and decorated stem. Rewired in antique style flex a...
Category

Early 20th Century English Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

Wonderful Chinoiserie Pagoda Cobalt Blue White Enameled Glass Lantern Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful chinoiserie pagoda square cobalt blue white contrast trim enameled paint and glass panel 4-light lantern fixture, completely rewired and ready to install with chain canopy ...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Pair Chinoiserie White Glazed Ceramic Elephant Table Lamps Asian Animal Motives
Located in Miami, FL
Asian Chinoiserie Style Pair of Off-White vintage glazed ceramic Table Lamps with Elephant 2D Motives and deeply incised base. UL Listed, each Lamp takes a regular or LED Light bulb....
Category

Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Asian Influenced Gilt Table Lamp with Profusion of Flowers, Rosewood Base
Located in Lomita, CA
This lamp features the most beautiful profusion of chrysanthemums with gilt touches resting on a rosewood base. The novel shape stands out and is unusual. It presents beautifully. Th...
Category

Mid-20th Century Asian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Rosewood

1970s Chinoiserie Brass Ginger Jar Large Lamp
Located in Stamford, CT
Large scale brass chinoiserie ginger jar lamp. Newly rewired with new brass socket. Lamp takes one standard bulb (not included). Lampshade not included.
Category

1970s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Vintage Chinese Chinoiserie Blue Porcelain Table Lamp
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning Chinese porcelain table lamp features hand painted floral motif on a blue ground with applied turquoise foo dog handles. Wired for US and in working order. Comes as shown wi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Signed Maitland Smith Substantial Pair of Porcelain Ceramic Table Lamps Matching
Located in West Hartford, CT
Vintage pair of matching signed Maitland Smith table lamps. Wire for US and in working order. Note the matching finials at top. As with all MS pieces, the craftsmanship is first cla...
Category

Late 20th Century Philippine Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Bright Yellow Ceramic Chevron Chinoiserie Table Lamp with Silk Shade
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful bright yellow Chevron pattern ceramic table or desk lamp with coordinating yellow silk shade, in the Chinoiserie style, circa mid-20th century. Lamp body is a bright yellow ceramic in a Chevron pattern, brass hardware that takes two bulbs and has two on/off button switches (one for each bulb), black base, yellow silk shade with a flared edge, and finished with a brass finial. In Fine working order. Other items shown in images available separately, see details below lamp shade dimensions. Lamp dimensions: To top of finial: 31" H To top of lamp body: 19" H 8" Diameter at widest Silk Shade: 15.5" H 17.75" W White cube end table, search 1stDibs ref. #: LU1314222935752 French porcelain butterfly box...
Category

1970s Asian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Silk, Wood, Ceramic

Wonderful Baguès Gold Gilt Pagoda Chinoiserie Rock Crystal Vintage Chandelier
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Maison Baguès Style Gold Gilt Pagoda / Chinoiserie Form Chandelier Adorned With Alternating Rock Crystal And Crystal Drops And Having A Rock Crystal Center Ball, This Bea...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Rock Crystal

Chinoiserie Pagoda Salmon Pink and White Enameled Glass Lantern Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful chinoiserie pagoda square salmon pink and white contrast trim enameled paint and glass panel 4 light lantern fixture, completely rewired and ready to install with chain can...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Chinese Hand Painted Pagoda Table Lamp on Hand Carved Wooden Base
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Illuminate your home with the cultural beauty of the Chinese Hand Painted Pagoda Table Lamp. This exquisite lamp features a hand-painted pagoda des...
Category

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Exquisite Pair! Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie Ormolu Table Lamps! Brass Porcelain
Located in Peoria, AZ
Decorator Delight! PAIR! Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie Table Lamps Brass, Ormolu & Porcelain Wow! What an exquisite and elegant pair of Frederick Cooper lamps...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Ormolu

Pair of Pink Porcelain Lamps With Enameled Birds and Flowers
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of European porcelains with bronze fittings wired for lamps. These pink and white porcelain jars are decorated in polychrome enamel with birds and flowers. A custom base an...
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Early 20th Century German Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Chinoiserie Art Deco Period Polychromed Wrought Iron Pendant Chandelier Lantern
Located in Dallas, TX
Chinoiserie art deco period polychromed wrought iron pendant chandelier lantern, the canopy issuing an abstracted calligraphic form hol...
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20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Iron

English Chinoiserie Tea Tin Red and Gold Canister Made into a Table Lamp
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English Chinoiserie tea tin red and gold canister from the 19th century made into a table lamp wired for the USA. This captivating English Chinoiserie tea tin canister from the 19th century, transformed into a table lamp, is a testament to the exquisite fusion of Eastern motifs and Western craftsmanship. Its rich red ground serves as the perfect canvas for the elaborate gilded Chinoiserie décor...
Category

19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Tin

Antique Lacquered Chinoiserie Floor Lamp
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique lacquered chinoiserie floor lamp, made in England and dating from the 1920’s. This is of outstanding quality with wonderful painted and lacquered decorations in t...
Category

1920s British Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

1930s Antique Japanned Chinoserie Painted Wooden Floor Lamp Japonisme
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
An Edwardian gilt and black japanned standard lamp, circa 1920-1930 decorated throughout with chinoiserie motifs, on a circular base, chunky joined and turned wood with crackle to ...
Category

1920s Asian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Hardwood

Pagoda Pendant Fixture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful pagoda pendant fixture. Add some Chinoiserie style to your home. Incredible details on the shape and also the hand painting works.
Category

2010s American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

1972 Chapman Chinoiserie White Porcelain Floral Bird Relief Table Lamp 21"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage 1972 Chapman table lamp, crafted from porcelain featuring a chinoiserie design of flowers / chrysanthemum and birds in white relief on a beige ground, mounted on a simple bla...
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1970s Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Japanese Table Lamp with Geometric, Birds, Clouds Motif
Located in Lomita, CA
Two geometric bands at the top and near the base of this lamp form an accent for the beautiful profusion of clouds and birds in flight on the background of this lamp. The dominant co...
Category

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Chinoiserie lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Chinoiserie lighting for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage lighting created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects, asian art and furniture and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, ceramic and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Chinoiserie lighting made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and Asia pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original lighting, popular names associated with this style include Frederick Cooper, Chapman Manufacturing Company, Edward F. Caldwell & Co., and Sofina Boutique Kitzbühel. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for lighting differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $190 and tops out at $78,000 while the average work can sell for $1,886.

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