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Midcentury Gio Ponti Style Italian Green Glass and Brass Table Lamp
By Gio Ponti
Located in Miami, FL
A very elegant Italian table lamp of blown Murano glass in a very rare color of slightly iridescent English green with a touch of blown clear glass containing gold inclusions and bra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Art Deco Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
The item made of brass, opaline shades. Made in Czechoslovakia. Measures: Diameter of shades is 18 cm. Original condition.
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Vintage 1940s Czech Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

  • Art Deco Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
  • Art Deco Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
  • Art Deco Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
  • Art Deco Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
H 60.24 in. W 22.45 in. D 15.75 in.
Amber Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 amber Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10.50 inches (27 cm...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Multicolor Quadriedri Table Lamp, Mariangela Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 Quadriedri Murano crystal multicolored prism for each lamp. Nickel metal frame. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimension...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Clear Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century. Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height; 10.50 inches (27 cm) diame...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style, Transparent and Smoked Prism
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and smoked Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Good Vintage Condition and Fully Working, Slight Signs of Aging in the Structure
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and clear blue prism quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Pair of Vintage Industrial Milk Glass O.C. White Wall Task Lamps, Lights Edison
By O.C. White
Located in Oakville, CT
Pair of vintage Industrial milk glass O.C. White wall task lamps, lights with Edison Bulbs. Articulating lamps with cast iron knob adjustment fittings. Milk glass shades measure 9 1/...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron, Metal, Steel

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Crystal Ice Glass Lamp by Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Gorgeous hand blown crystal glass lamp with highly stylized hourglass form. The lamp features faceted ice glass design and has polished nickel hardware and fittings. Newly rewired an...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Nickel

Carlo Nason Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp Blown Glass for Mazzega, 1970s
By Carlo Nason, AVMazzega
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This floor lamp was created by Carlo Nason, in blown Murano glass and steel. Created for the famous Mazzega Muranese Company, 1970s. " If you like it please make your offer and we w...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Pair Italian Venetian Swirl Murano Glass Deco Lamps
By Lorin Marsh
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian / Murano Venetian swirl form smoke grey color art glass lamps in the Art Deco style with new polished nickel fittings and wiring.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Exquisite Mid Century Swedish Modern Crystal Table Lamps
By Orrefors
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $1,600....Thick swirling clear crystal in a baluster form highlights this pair of Orrefors blown table lamps with stepped socle form silver nickel bases. Beautifully top...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Beautiful 1960 Murano Glass Table Lamp
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Original table lamp in Murano glass attributed to Barovier.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Large Pair of Gold Glass Lamps by Flygsfors, Sweden, 1970
By Flygsfors
Located in New York, NY
Outstanding large pair of gold glass cased table lamps by Flygsfors, Sweden, 1970.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Pair of Swedish Glass Lamps by Orrefors with Nickel Fittings
By Carl Fagerlund, Orrefors
Located in London, GB
A pair of Swedish glass lamps by Orrefors with nickel tops and fittings, stamped "Orrefors" on the nickel top plate. With new bespoke slate colored silk shades with gold linings. Rew...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel

1 of 2 Large Murano Smoked Glass Table lamp by Kalmar, Austria, 1970s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning Murano glass table lamp by Kalmar, 1970s Smoked swirl Murano glass, clear twisted crystal glass panels with a light goldish amber-colored stripe in it. It needs 3 x E27 sta...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Pair of Murano Glass Tall Lamps in the Style of Barovier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful pair of Murano glass table lamps in dark amber colour.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Wooden Tripod Grey Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Spot Light Floor Lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
vintage industrial spotlight on black wooden tripod. Adjustable height and angle. Grey aluminum spot with clear glass. Diameter 30 cm. Depth 47 cm. maximum tripod height without l...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Floor Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Swedish Table Lamps in Rosewood and Glass by Stilarmatur Tranås
By AB Stilarmatur Tranås
Located in Karlstad, SE
This rare set of two midcentury table lamps was manufactured in the 1960s by Stilarmatur Tranås in Sweden. The lamps consist of a clear glass foot, underneath a stem in beautiful ros...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Tall Clear Hand Blown Ribbed Murano Glass and Aluminum Neck Table Lamp
Located in Miami, FL
Italian tall clear hand blown feminine-shaped ribbed Murano glass table lamp. The top has an aluminum ribbed neck. In perfect working condition and uses a max. 60 watts light bulb....
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Sergio Mazza Floor Lamp
By Sergio Mazza, Artemide
Located in New York, NY
Rare floor lamp by Sergio Mazza. A great example from the earliest years of Artemide. Brass, enameled metal, glass and marble. One standard Edison socket. This lamp was only in produ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Metal

  • Sergio Mazza Floor Lamp
  • Sergio Mazza Floor Lamp
  • Sergio Mazza Floor Lamp
  • Sergio Mazza Floor Lamp
H 69 in. Dm 12 in.
Italian Brass Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An incredible accent lamp that has a unique presence. It can sit in a variety of positions allowing the light source to point in almost any direction.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Kamenický Šenov Design Table Lamp, 1980s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1980s - Maker: Kamenický Šenov - Good original condition - Marked by paper label.
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Art Deco 1930s Catalin Bakelite Lamp
Located in Devon, England
A very stylish example of another Art Deco Classic is this 1930s Art Deco catalin bakelite lamp. A stunning caramel colored ribbed catalin bakelite stem sits atop an all chrome circu...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Art Deco 1930s Catalin Bakelite Lamp
  • Art Deco 1930s Catalin Bakelite Lamp
  • Art Deco 1930s Catalin Bakelite Lamp
  • Art Deco 1930s Catalin Bakelite Lamp
H 16.54 in. W 6.3 in. D 6.3 in.
Midcentury Kamenický Šenov Design Table Lamp, 1980s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1980s - Maker: Kamenický Šenov - Perfect condition - Marked by paper label.
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass "Honey" Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s Description: This fantastic vintage table ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Large Opaline Murano Glass Table Desk Light Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designed ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass "Green" Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s   This fantastic vintage table light was de...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass "lime" Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s   This fantastic vintage table light was designed and produced by ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, Italy 1960
By Cenedese, Gino Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass "Rose" Table Desk Light Cenedese Vetri 1960s
By Gino Cenedese, Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s Description: This fantastic vintage table ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Table Lamps by Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso, Italy, 1950s
By Aureliano Toso, Dino Martens
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Pair of table lamps in mezza filigrana striped glass, decorative brass spheres between the glass body and the patinated brass-plated metal base. Shades can be ordered to specification.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Modernist 1970s Sputnik Chromed Table Light by Honsel Lights Attributed, Germany
By Honsel
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Sputnik table light Producer: Honsel Lights, Germany attrib. Origin: Germany Age: 1970s This 1970s table light was made by Honsel Light...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp silver grey green cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 9.00 kg / 19.8 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Midcentury Opaline Glass Wall Lamp by Limburg, Germany, 1970s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful Mid-Century Modern wall lamp by Glashütte Limburg made in Germany in the 1970s. It has a beautiful triangle shape and is made of aluminium and opaline glass. The back is ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp silver gray cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 8.50 kg / 18.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standar...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
industrial hanging lamp silver grey green cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 10.50 kg / 23.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standa...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Gray Metal Vintage Industrial Cast Clear Glass Cage Pendant Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp. Silver grey cast aluminum. Clear glass. Weight: 7.1 kg / 15.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standa...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

French Heavy Brown Cast Iron Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Pendant Lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Vintage industrial hanging lamp Brown painted cast iron clear glass Weight: 20.00 kg / 44.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international ...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Two Pairs of Staff Bubble Glass Flush Mounts Lamps Ceiling Lights, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar, Staff Leuchten, Glashütte Limburg
Located in Vienna, AT
Two pairs staff bubble glass flush mounts lamps ceiling lights. Priced per pair. One large bulb with 60 W is illuminating each fixture. They have been newly rewired according to US...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Glass, Plastic

Up to Four Kalmar Frosted Ice Glass Panel Sconces Modernist Wall Lamps, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to four identical wall lamps, manufactured by Kalmar Austria in the 1960s. Chrome-plated bases, each lamp has three square frosted ice glass panels (7 x 7 in) on it. In excellent ...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Chrome

Elongated Suspended Lamp Chandelier in the Style of Kalmar
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Wood strip with six glass shade mounted on the steel holder and fitted with E27 bulbs. Made in style of Kalmar in the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Maria Theresa Crystal Purple Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
The frame is fully dressed all-over with glass. Cut crystal drops of different dimensions and shapes are hanging all-over the octagonal button chains, all around the chandelier. M...
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Vintage 1940s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wire

Midcentury Limburg Ceiling or Wall Lamp in Ball Shape, Germany, 1970s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning midcentury ceiling or wall lamp in Ball shape, by Glashütte Limburg, Germany, 1970s. Made of smocked glass and brass. Sockets: It needs 1 x E27 standard bulb and function...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Rare Midcentury Pendant Lamp or Chandelier by Peill & Putzler, 1970s, Germany
By Peill & Putzler
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional, elegant and large Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp or chandelier by Peill & Putzler, Germany, 1970s. Executed in glass and brass. The lamp needs 4 x E27 Edison screw fit...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pendant Lamp Ufo by Uno & Östen Kristiansson, 1950s for Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden
By Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp or hanging light model 565 / UFO. Designed by Uno & Östen Kristiansson, 1950s for Luxus, Vittsjö, Sweden. Executed in matte opal glass diffu...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass, Teak

1 of 4 Midcentury Limburg Ceiling or Wall Lamp in Ball Shape, Germany, 1970s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning midcentury ceiling or wall lamp in Ball shape, by Glashütte Limburg, Germany, 1970s. Made of smoked glass and Chrome. Sockets: It needs 1 x E27 standard bulb and function ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Chrome

Velella Flush Mount or Wall Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos
By Achille Castiglioni
Located in Berlin, DE
Wall or ceiling opal glass lamp giving diffused light, with or without fluorescent apparatus. To be on the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally by a specialist concerning...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Murano Glass

Laurel Lamp Co. Mid-Century Modern Mushroom Metal and Rosewood Floor Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Classic and iconic mushroom floor lamp made by high quality lighting manufacturer, Laurel Lamp Company of Newark, NJ. This heavy and well-made lamp has a brushed aluminum base, the o...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Venini Table Lamps "Tesutto" Murano Glass, circa 1970
By Venini
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space age pair of table lamps by in hand blown clear and white 'Tessuto' technique Murano glass attributed to Venini, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Venini Table Lamps in Brass and Murano Glass
By La Murrina
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age pair of table lamps by in hand blown clear, white and black 'Tessuto' technique Murano glass attributed to Venini, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Laurel Brushed Aluminium Floor Lamp Mushroom Shade
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Denver, CO
The iconic 1960s midcentury Laurel lighting floor lamp. Brushed aluminium tulip style base and stem topped with a satin Scandinavian glass "mushroom" shade. Three-way switch allow...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Targetti Sankey Table Lamps, circa 1970
By Targetti Sankey
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age pair of table lamps in handblown clear and white Murano glass and chromed metal, manufactured by Targetti Sankey and still retaining the original labels, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Signed ´La Murrina´ Table Lamps, circa 1970
By La Murrina
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age pair of table lamps by in hand blown cream and black Murano glass, both bearing the 'La Murrina' seal and an original tag, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Targetti Sankey Flush Mounts or Table Lamps
By Targetti Sankey
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age pair of lamps in hand blown clear ¨Pulegoso¨ technique Murano glass chromed and lacquered (white) metal, manufactured by Targetti Sankey and still retaining the original la...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

1970s Mercury Glass Honeycomb Cylinder Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous pair of 1970s honeycomb texture mercury glass cylinder lamps with new brass bases and hardware. 100 max wattage per socket.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass

Sleek Glass and Brass Table Lamp
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Stamford, CT
A beautiful table lamp with glass and brass as the main components, original from the 1950s. Brass has been polished all throughout. Glass is in mint condition. New linen shade inclu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Hollywood Regency Mercury Glass Diamond Pattern Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of lustrous Hollywood Regency diamond patterned mercury glass lamps with brass bases. Double socketed solid brass hardware with pull chains. 100 watts max per socket, circa 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass

Hollywood Regency Mercury Glass Diamond Pattern Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A pair of lustrous Hollywood Regency diamond patterned mercury glass lamps with brass bases. Double socketed solid brass hardware with pull chains. 100 watts max per socket, circa 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mercury Glass

Contemporary Floor Lamp Cubic Murano Glass and Brass, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Huge cubic floor lamp in contemporary Murano pressed glass. Very quality glass block construction. Possible to make a pair. In the manner of Poliarte, Mazzega, Carlo Nason, Venini, V...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

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Midcentury Glass Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of midcentury glass lamps available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique midcentury glass lamps was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and brass. Midcentury glass lamps have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of midcentury glass lamps to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Hollywood Regency midcentury glass lamps are of considerable interest. Kamenicky Senov, Glashütte Limburg and Orrefors each produced beautiful midcentury glass lamps that are worth considering.

How Much are Midcentury Glass Lamps?

Prices for midcentury glass lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, midcentury glass lamps begin at $109 and can go as high as $19,465, while the average can fetch as much as $1,478.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.