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Empire Table Lamps

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

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Style: Empire
Pair of Antique French Silver Bouillotte Lamps
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of table lamps from France, silver plated on copper. Each lamp has two candelabra arms. The original dark forest green shades are adjustable. They have been newly wired to fit U...
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1920s French Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of French Antique Bouillotte Lamps
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of table lamps from France made of finely cast bronze, gilded, each featuring three arms. The original red colored shades are adjustable. They have been newly wired to fit US st...
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1920s French Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Empire Style Pair Of Italian Bronze And Brass Column Table Lamps
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest that you read the entire description, as with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Exce...
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Late 20th Century Italian Empire Table Lamps

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Brass, Bronze

19th Century Empire Gilt Bronze Bouillotte Table Lamp
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A very stylish 19th century Empire style 'Bouillotte' table lamp in gilt bronze, lit by three curvaceous 'swans head' arms and topped with a green lacquered metal (tole) shade adorne...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

19th Century Empire Brass and Giltwood Lamp
Located in Charlottesville, VA
Single lamp, nice elegant lines. Made in the 19th Century.
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19th Century Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Maitland Smith French Empire Figural Phoenix Bouillotte Candlestick Table Lamp
Located in Dayton, OH
Monumental late 20th century Maitland Smith Empire style Bouillote / Budoir lamp. Made from brass with a pierced and paw footed base over an acanthus wrapped column leading to a figural winged Phoenix / Griffon candlestick...
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Late 20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Bronze Table Lamp by Danish Sculptor TH Stein Denmark 1850’s
Located in Valby, 84
Artist made Bronze lamp attributed Danish Sculptor TH Stein and is made in the 1850’s. The lamp has clear references to both Pompeii and Herculanum. The lamp is made in solid bronze ...
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1850s Danish Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass, Bronze

Pair Vintage Roman Column Form Green Marble and Brass Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of vintage Empire style table lamps of Roman column form, finely crafted from variegated green marble with brass mounts including Corinthian style capitals and square stepped ba...
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20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Brass

19th Century Ormolu and Tole Bouillotte Lamp
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 19th century directoire bouillotte table lamp. Lamp features original elements and original black tole lampshade with gilt brass leaf applied detailing. Newly rewired with side ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze, Tôle, Brass

A Rare Brass Bouillotte Triple Branch Table Lamp With Height Adjustable Shade
Located in High Wycombe, GB
A Rare Brass Bouillotte Triple Branch Table Lamp With An Adjustable Height Shade. Complete with rare brass accessories such as a candle snuffer and candle wick cutter...
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19th Century British Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Brass & Marble Empire Torchiere Column Candlestick Table Lamp 37"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Empire style torchiere / square column / candlestick shaped table lamp, crafted of brass with dark accents and white marble on the base....
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Late 20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Brass

1920's Empire Style Cut Crystal Table Lamp - Pair
Located in New York, NY
A pair of circa 1920's Empire style cut crystal table lamps
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1920s European Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Crystal, Bronze

French 19th Century Brass and Onyx Single Lamp
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A 19th century French Empire style single light table lamp with contemporary linen shade. Elegant with neoclassical designs and featuring a tapered onyx shaft ornamented with decorat...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Onyx, Brass

Vintage Corton Clarinet Lamp
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A vintage Corton clarinet made in Czechoslovakia and upcycled into a fabulous table lamp mounted on a beautiful onyx base with a vintage black silk shade. The clarinet shows signs of being a much loved and used musical instrument...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Empire Table Lamps

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Onyx, Metal

Winged Victory Empire Figural Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
Winged Victory French Empire figural lamp patinated and gilt bronze, column on stepped black veined marble base. 19th century, France MEASUREMENTS; 30.25" H x 16" diameter (shade)...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

French 1870 Pair of Empire Candle Holders Lamps Ormolu with Gray Dotted Granite
Located in Miami, FL
French empire pair of candle holders lamps. Exceptional pair of antique candleholders, created in Paris France during the imperial period of Napoleon III, circa 1870. They was designed with French empire neoclassical patterns, masterfully crafted with parts made up in gilt bronze ormolu and patinated bronze. Mounted in fluted columns pedestals carved from gray dotted Granite, with polished finish. Embellished with garlands and putties mounted in a four square and stepped bases. Weight: Combined of 12 Pounds (5.45 Kilos). Measurements: 15 Height by 4.50 Length by 5.15 Width Inches, (38 x 11.43 x 13.08 Cm). French Empire Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (1808-1873) was Emperor of France from 1852 to 1870 under the name of Napoleon III. In a way, the artistic codes of the Napoleon III style, also called Second Empire style, were presented at the Exhibition of 1844, during the reign of Louis-Philippe d'Orléans. The second Empire style, also known as the Napoleon III style, is a highly eclectic style of architecture and decorative arts, which uses elements of many different historical styles, and also made innovative use of modern materials, such as iron frameworks and glass skylights. It flourished during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III in France (1852–1870) and had an important influence on architecture and decoration in the rest of Europe and North America. Major examples of the style include the Opéra Garnier (1862–1871) in Paris by Charles Garnier, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Church of Saint Augustine (1860–1871), and the Philadelphia City Hall (1871–1901). The architectural style was closely connected with Haussmann's renovation of Paris carried out during the Second Empire; the new buildings, such as the Opéra, were intended as the focal points of the new boulevards. Comfort was the first priority of Second Empire furniture...
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1870s French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Granite, Bronze, Ormolu

Enormous Italian Blanc De Chin pottery table lamps/a pair
Located in Allentown, PA
This is a pair of very large mid century Vintage Italian blanc de chin pottery table lamps. These lamps have shell and empire inspired motifs around the entire surface of the lamps. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Pottery

Pair of Empire Style Black Stone and Ormolu Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Each candleholder of columnar form surmounted with ormolu stiff-leaf capitals and with acanthus-wrapped base, on pedestal bases with outswept scrolling feet. Fitted with two brass bulb sockets. Adjustable. Later mounded as a lamps. With duck blue...
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Late 19th Century Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Stone, Brass, Ormolu

Pair 19th Century French Empire Style bronze mounted Porcelain Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair 19th Century French Empire Style bronze mounted Porcelain Table Lamp with fine gilding and hand-painted floral motifs on white and green ground.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Corinthian Column Marble Table Lamp
Located in Bradenton, FL
A French Empire style Corinthian column table lamp in marble. A decorative carved spiral, twists around the marble column, which is topped and tailed with a brass capital...
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Late 20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Brass

Pair of French Louis Philippe Siena Marble and Gilt Bronze Table Lamps
Located in Dallas, TX
a pair of fine lamps of Siena marble with gold and silver gilt bronze mounts and supports, France, circa 1830 37" H x 8" diameter base PRICED WITHOUT SHADES (SHADES AVAILABLE SE...
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1830s French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Siena Marble, Silver, Bronze

Empire Style French Bouillotte Lamp
Located in Austin, TX
Bouillotte lamp; French; in the French Empire style. This piece has a base made of finely cast bronze featuring three arms. There is a beautiful hand painted and gold leafed adjustab...
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1920s French Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Antique French Billiard, Snooker or Kitchen Island Brass Chandelier, 1850s
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A huge and impressive French Empire brass chandelier for billiard/snooker or kitchen island. Lamp socket: 2 x E27 or E26 ( US) for standard screw bulbs. France, circa 1840 - 1860s....
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Empire Style French Antique Lamp
Located in Austin, TX
Lamp, French, “Bouillote”, made of finely cast bronze. The piece mimics a traditional oil lamp and is topped with a gold leaf painted adjustable lamp shade. It has been newly wired t...
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

French 19th Century Tole Sinumbra Lamp from the Estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon
Located in Hudson, NY
This fine classical carcel lamp would originally have had a burner and glass shade but now is fitted for electricity and will require a tole or cloth shade...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Pr of French Old Paris or Vieux Paris Urns Now Converted into Table Lamps, C1810
Located in valatie, NY
Pr of French Old Paris or Vieux Paris urns now converted into table lamps c1810. Old Paris porcelain or Vieux Paris is very broadly defined as porcelain made by artisans in and aroun...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Pair of Large Vieux Paris Porcelain Table Lamps
Located in Essex, MA
Old vieux Paris porcelain from the Napoleonic period decorated with farm animals and barn. With swan handles. Beautifully painted and fire gilded. Now mounted as lamps.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

20th Century Black French Pair of Large Marble, Gilded Bronze Table Lights
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A black, vintage French pair of large table lamps made of hand crafted marble with a new round shade, in good condition. They are composed with its original switch, particularized by...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Metal, Bronze

19th Century French Bouillotte Table Lamp
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A late 19th century Louis XV-style Bouillotte table lamp, with original, green, gilt- decorated tole lampshade, above a base of three upturned decorative brass candle arms supported ...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

French 19th Century Tole Sinumbra or Carcel Lamp from the Estate of Bunny Mellon
Located in Hudson, NY
This very nice carcel lamp now converted to electricity comes from the estate and Paul and Bunny Mellon and formed part of the decorations of their home Oa...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze, Tin

French Empire Brass Candlestick Lamp With Black and Gold Shade
Located in Canton, MA
Early 19th Century French Empire brass candlestick with ornate pressed patterns. Mounted as a table lamp on a wooden base. A lovely addition to a small desk or a shallow table...
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Early 19th Century Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair French Empire Style Gilt and Cut Glass Candlestick Lamps
Located in London, GB
Pair French Empire Style Giltand and cut glass candlestick lamps A pair of Empire style gilt brass mounted candlestick lamps, 20th century, with cut glass columns. size shade/b...
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20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

20th Century Black French Pair of Large Marble, Gilded Bronze Table Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A black, vintage French pair of large table lamps made of hand crafted marble with a new round shade, in good condition. They are composed with its original switch, particularized by...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

Pair Empire Style Cut Glass and Gilt Bronze Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of very fine quality Empire style Cut Glass and Gilt Bronze Table Lamps. 16 inch height to top of sockets.
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Early 20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Pair of French Tole Columnar Table Lamps
Located in Essex, MA
Each with new pleated shades. Great scale and nice old faded dark green color with gilt bronze details, square plinth base and newly wired. Bellevue Avenue, Newport estate.
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1820s French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Tin

Pair of Paris Porcelain Campagna Form Table Lamps with New Shades
Located in Essex, MA
With a classical scene on a campagna form vase with handles.
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1840s European Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Fine French Empire 19th Century Bronze Candelabras Mounted as Lamps, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Fine French Empire 19th Century Bronze Candelabras Mounted as Lamps, Pair A pair of fine French 19th century Empire bronze candelabras that have been electrified and converted to ta...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

Empire Style Bronze “Bouillotte” Lamp with Red Tôle Shade
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Empire style bronze 3-arm “Bouillotte” lamp with red Tôle shade. Classic Empire symbols of the eagle finial and swan necks Dimensions: 26” H x 15.5” W x 15.5” D Base diameter 7.25”.
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20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze, Sheet Metal

Empire Style “Quiver” Table Lamp in Italian Marble and Bronze, 19th Century
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
An unusual and imposing Empire style table lamp in white Italian Carrara marable, with ornate gilt bronze decoration. Designed in the form of an arrow quiver...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Carrara Marble, Bronze

Black Lacquered Wood Empire Style Table Lamp
Located in Montreal, QC
Black lacquered wood empire style table lamp stencil with gilded motifs
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1950s French Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Wood

French Empire Style Table Lamps by Stiffel, a Pair
Located in Bradenton, FL
A pair of French Empire style table lamps made by Stiffel. Brass columns are turned with large ceramic fonts in white trimmed in gold. Bases are decorated with dentils on a square ba...
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Late 20th Century North American Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

French Bouillotte Lamp, Bee and Laurel Leaf Decoration, Painted Green Tôle Shade
Located in Montreal, Quebec
French Bouillotte lamp, Bee and Laurel leaf decorations in gilt, painted green tôle shade. Empire style. Three arm lamp in the shape of swans with ...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze, Metal

19th Century French Bouillotte Lamp with Green Tole Shade
Located in Stamford, CT
A 19th century French Empire etched brass bouillotte lamp, originally and oil lamp that has been electrified. With three arms below a green painted adjustable tole shade, the body an...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass, Zinc

French Empire Style Gilded Bronze Bouillotte Lamp
Located in Montreal, QC
French Empire style gilded bronze bouillotte lamp with 4 arms and a black tole lampe shade.
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

French Empire Style Gilded Bronze Bouillotte Lamp
Located in Montreal, QC
French Empire style gilded bronze Bouillotte lamp with 3 arms with dark green tole shade.
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1930s French Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Vintage 3 Arm Brass & Tole Bouillotte Lamp
Located in Sheffield, MA
Antique French Napoleonic tole lamp has gold toned brass base and arms. Arms have ornate s curve structures. Each arm has candlestick style bulb socket at ends. Top of lamp has eagle...
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20th Century Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

French Empire Style Table Lamp of Bronze and Flame Shaped Frosted Glass
Located in Barntrup, DE
This beautiful Empire-style table lamp on a bronze plinth with a central pine cone rises on three legs with paw feet topped by three bronze sphinx torsos, supporting the dark green t...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

French Empire Neoclassical Bronze Three Candelabras Bouillotte Lamp Tole Shade
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French Empire / neoclassical bronze three candelabras Bouillotte lamp with two Edison sockets and dark forest green tole shade.
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20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Converted French Oil Opaline and Brass Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Gold Gilt Empire Style Lamp
Located in Tampa, FL
A single gold gilt lamp in the Empire style. It is very nicely gilded and at the bottom has company name. The lamp has the original plugs, socket and ha...
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1940s Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Wood

French Sèvres Style Bronze-Mounted Cobalt Blue Hand Painted Porcelain Table Lamp
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A large French Sèvres style gilt bronze ormolu-mounted cobalt blue hand painted porcelain urn table lamp, first half of the 20th century. Bronze figurine handles, front side with han...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

19th Century French Brass Desk Adjustable Lamp in Empire Style
Located in Sofia, BG
19th century electrified brass desk lamp in Empire style. The part with the bulbs is adjustable. France, circa 1860.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

French Empire Style Bronze-Colored Pewter and Frosted Cut Glass Table Lamp 1900s
Located in Barntrup, DE
The beautifully shaped French Empire-style table lamp, which is an electrified petroleum lamp, features a bronze-colored pewter body adorned with three ...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Table Lamps

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Pewter, Brass

Empire Bouillotte Lamp
Located in New Haven, CT
This fine French Bouillotte lamp has the highest quality ormolu and an original tôle shade held by swans. The base, which would hold the Bouillotte game pieces is cutout in Athenian...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Ormolu

1997 Chapman Neoclassical French Empire Brass Torch Shaped Table Lamp Paw Foot
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage 1997 Chapman Brass table lamp in the shape of a neoclassical torch with black accents on a square base with paw feet. A stunning lamp ...
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1990s Empire Table Lamps

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Brass

Scarce French Empire Period Opaline Glass Brass Candlestick Table Lamp Pair
Located in Forney, TX
Elegant sophistication at its finest, we present this exceptionally rare pair of early 19th century fine quality French Empire Period candlestick lamps. The original antique table lamps complete, with clear and frosted glass lotus hurricane shades, patinated gilt bronze leaf decorative accents, inner spring-loaded brass column candle tubes, within white opaline glass stems, resting on beautifully patinated brass and iron circular base. circa 1810; France PROVENANCE / ACQUISITION Property from the Collection of Pat and Michael York Acquired from highly reputable auction house, Heritage Auctions...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Brass, Bronze, Iron

Pair of Empire Period 5 light Figural Bronze Candelabra
Located in Montreal, QC
Pair of patinated and gilt bronze candelabra, one depicting winged Diana, her upstretched arm holding a crown supporting a four arm gilt candelabra, the other modelled as winged A...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Empire Style Lamp in Gilt Bronze, 1950s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Empire style lamp in gilt bronze. Shaft in fluted column shape topped by a decor of acanthus leaves, a brettée frieze around a smooth ring and leaves. It is finished by a decor of pa...
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1950s European Vintage Empire Table Lamps

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Bronze

Empire table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire table lamps 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 table lamps created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects, serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, bronze and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire table lamps made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original table lamps, popular names associated with this style include Alexandre Vossion, Gherardo Degli Albizzi, The Marbro Lamp Company, and Chapman Manufacturing Company. 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 table lamps differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $194 and tops out at $117,686 while the average work can sell for $2,769.

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