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Lightolier (USA)
Lightolier (USA)

Founded in 1904 in New York and family-operated through most of its history, Lightolier was one of the pioneering American electric lighting companies, best known for its embrace of stylistic and technical innovations. Collectors focus on lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the Seventies, when an in-house design team led by Gerald Thurston—and a stellar cast of international design contributors—created an array of practical yet aesthetically lively table and floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers.

     Amidst the post-World War II building boom, Lightolier—the name combines “light” and “chandelier”—aggressively boosted its residential lighting division. Thurston, who was strongly influenced by the sleek designs of Gino Sarfatti and his Italian lighting firm Arteluce, towards simpler lamp designs that offered flexibility of function. His best-known designs include the “Cricket” task light—a lamp with an adjustable enameled metal hood that toggles on a slender bent-metal base—and the three-legged “Tripod” table and floor lamps. At the same time, Thurston had a wonderful eye for talent and sought work from some of the lesser-known greats of the era, such as Paavo Tynell, the Finnish lighting designer, who designed several brass chandeliers for Lightolier with his trademark elegant flamboyance.

     And more, Thurston recognized abilities in designers not known for their work in lighting. Edward Wormley, head of furniture design for Dunbar, produced several noteworthy chandeliers employing canisters and reflective hoods. Alvin Lustig was famed as a graphic designer. His ca. 1953 “Ring” ceiling fixture for Lightolier had a minimalist techno look some 30 years ahead of its time. But this was par. Designed by Michael Lax in 1964, the “Lytegem” high-intensity lamp—included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art—features a ball-shaped shade attached with a chromed armature to a cubic base, a form that would be widely copied in the following decade. Chandeliers designed in the early Seventies by Gaetano Sciolari, with details such as acrylic diffusers and vertical, two-bulb arms, would define the look of lighting in their day. A look through these pages reveals just how astonishingly wide a range of lighting pieces Lightolier produced. The company never flicked off its stylistic switch.

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Mid Century Domed Pendant Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A nice cleanly designed mid century domed pendant chandelier with matching metal concentric louvered shade which snaps in for easy bulb changing for the double light socket. Having p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Providence, RI
Floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, circa 1955. Lamp consists of five brass rods of graduated lengths, held together by a black steel ring, sitting on a round blac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel, Aluminum

Lightolier Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier with Glass Shades
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Lightolier American Mid-Century Modern chrome Sputnik Space Age chandelier with glass dome shades, circa 1970's.
Category

1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

1950s Gerald Thurston Triennale Floor Lamp for Lightolier, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Playfull sculptural iconic Triennale 3 arm floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. The shape of the molded phenolic plastic shades were intended to resemble Apollo roc...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

1970s Lightolier 16-Arm Chrome Sputnik Style Chandelier with Glass Shade , Usa
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
16 mouth blowed glass shade sitting on a deep chrome finish structure from Lightolier. Each shade measure 5 in. diameter. Solid, well made construction. Use 16 candelabra E12 s...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Classic Glass Rod Chandelier from Lightolier, 1980s, USA
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Classic 1980s Lightolier chandelier from their Radiance line. Four row of light catching optical quality glass rods sitting on a nickel plated pierced steel-plate. Well made so...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
2' classic mid-century American perforated cylindrical sconces by Lightolier. Single medium based socket per sconce. Shades pivot 360 degrees and up and down for superb directional u...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Mid Century Modern Gerald Thurston Torchiere Lamp with Glass Dish Shade
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and a beautiful torchiere floor lamp by Gerald Thuston for Lightolier. Glass dish rests on a brass plate supported by three rods which are connected to the base. Base has a ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

White Lytegem Desk Lamp by Michael Lax for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Michael Lax
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Lytegem desk/task lamp by Michael Lax for Lightolier (1965) with a white base and shade and extendable chrome stem, with switch for two light intensities. Can be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Pair of Vintage Red Lightolier Pencil Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of vintage Lightolier pencil lamps with original shades. Perfect size for a desk or table lamp and a design fun enough to work anywhere in your home, for the living to an offi...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Lightolier

Materials

Wood

Lightolier Pendant Gerald Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier brass and glass pendant light. Brass and steel mesh cone supporting a domed textured glass shade with overlaid faux gilding to the underside. Lightolie...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston White Ceramic and Brass Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in North Miami, FL
These fantastic pair of modernist Mid-Century Modern ceramic table or console lamps with brass details by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier have a sculptural shape. The 3 tiers of shape...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Large Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass, Iron and Glass Chandelier
By Gerald Thurston, Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier, Stilnovo, Sciolari Lighting
Located in Houston, TX
Rare large Mid-Century Modern chandelier by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This stunning modernist chandelier is comprised of a brass and iron frame, large glass bobeches and brass ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Iron

Tapered Adjustable Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
19" wide, 44.75" through to 56.5" height (adjustable). For Lightolier, early 1950s floor Lamp with brass legs and an elegant tapered walnut stem. The lamp features a brass ball that ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Flush Mounts
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
2-elegant mid century American flush mounts by Lightolier from the 1960s. Lightly aged polished nickel finish and glass. Wired with 1-E26 medium based socket each fixture ready for u...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

5 Globe White Enameled Lightolier "Tulip Style" Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Denver, CO
An uncommon white enameled floor lamp with five white glass globes on metal stems that mimic popular architectural themes of the period, namely Eero Saarinens' tulip style hourglass ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

German Mid-Century Modern Eight Arm Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
A stunning Mid-Century Modern eight-arm chandelier, made in Germany. Featuring eight arms with conical shades, emanating from a disk, Circa 1960.
Category

1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of 1970s Lightolier Aluminium Metal Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1970s Lightolier brushed aluminium metal table lamps with three-light each.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Pr. Hollywood Regency Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous pair of Hollywood Regency style sconces by Lightolier. These exquisite sconces have cast brass frames with clear figured glass shades. Both are in exceptional original cond...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Signed Lightolier Waterfall Flush Mount Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
Produced by Lightolier and signed, circa 1970. Wonderful condition. This unique chandelier has been many attributes. The flush mount measures 23" in diameter and contains 240 danglin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Pair Sconces by Lightolier, Chromed Steel Half Circles, Signed with Paper Label
By Lightolier
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of chrome wall sconce light fixtures manufactured by LIghtolier. Half circle / round design. Signed.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Lightolier Chandelier after Gino Sarfatti in Perforated Brass and Frosted Glass
By Lightolier, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning large-scale polished brass chandelier manufactured by Lightolier in the 1950s. The fixture consists of eight perforated brass bowls with frosted glass diffusers concentrical...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Chandelier in the Style of Paavo Tynell
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant six lights chandelier made by Lightolier in 1950s. Has five branches with lights and one light in the middle inside the perforated metal cone. With the drop of only 24" wil...
Category

1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Lamp, circa 1960
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern porcelain and brass lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Some patina to Brass. Holds 3 lightbulbs. Want to see more beautiful things? Scroll down below and clic...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Cubist Chrome and Glass Wall Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, c. 1970's
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring four molded glass block shades. Cubist design in polished chrome with chrome center finial. Can be is mounted vertically or horizontally. ...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Cubist Chrome and Glass Six Light Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, c. 1970's
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring six hand cut glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished chrome with cubist design and chrome ball fittings. Can be is mounted vertic...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier 1960s Black Metal and Wood Desk or Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black metal desk or table lamp by Lightolier from the 1960s with wood and brass details.
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Metal

Lightolier White Globe Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Table lamp by Lightolier. Featuring six frosted glass globes by French glass works Vianne glass and a tulip stem base.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Gaetano Sciolari Cubic Italian Modern Chrome Lucite 13 Light Chandelier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Cubic chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari and made in Italy for high quality lighting manufacturer, Lightolier. This chandelier consists of thirteen ...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Gaetano Sciolari Chrome Bird Cage Pendant for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
This chrome cage pendant by Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994) for Lightolier's "See-Through" series, was literally NOS New Old Stock, circa 1976. We found it still in its original box shi...
Category

1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Wall Sconce Sculptural Shape, Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a mid century Danish modern wall sconce with sculptural shape, Eames Era. Designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Rewired, new electrical cord. Tested an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Walnut

Motoko Ishii Chrome Sputnik for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Motoko Ishii
Located in Hingham, MA
From the Space Crystal collection designed by Motoko Ishii, the multi-award winning savant of architectural lighting, created in 1972 for West German firm Staff Leuchten.. This UL ...
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1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

20 Units of New Old Stock from Lightolier 1980s Louvered Wall Sconces , USA
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
In sealed, marked Lightolier box. Model 6569 Well designed, made with thick metal, powder coated in a matte/semi gloss light beige and dark brown tone. Solid, sturdy construct...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Lightolier Starburst Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
1955 by Lightolier, measures 12.5" x 36" diameter. A fresnel lens occupies the central hub surrounded by polished brass and radiant arms of hand made glass produced by Lightolier kno...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier 1970s White Metal and Glass Hanging Lamp on Track
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lightolier 1970s white metal and glass hanging lamp on track. Can be moved along the track. Original identification sticker attached.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Gerald Thurston "Fin" Porcelain Table Lamps by Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gerald Thurston "Fin" porcelain table lamps by Lightolier.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of Classic Glass Rod Chandelier from Lightolier, 1980s, USA
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Classic 1980s Lightolier chandelier from their Radiance line. Four row of light catching optical quality glass rods sitting on a nickel-plated pierced steel-plate. Well made so...
Category

1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Brass with Cast Glass Shades Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant brass chandelier with thick and heavy cast glass shades. Six lights provide the illumination. Chandeliers present height is 30 inches but that can be altered by ad...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Sciolari Glass Rods, Brass and Chrome Three Lights Flushmount, 1970s , Italia
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Elegant deep chrome hexagonal flush mount with triangular solid brass glass rod support. A total 108 glass rod each, measuring 12 inches long. Solid, sturdy construction. M...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Nakashima Style Walnut and Birch Floor Lamp by Lightolier, 1960s
By George Nakashima, Lightolier
Located in Camden, ME
Four sided column Nakashima style floor lamp for Lightolier, 1960s The rectilinear box frame of solid walnut has an inset grid of birch over laid on shoji paper panels which conceal...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Birch, Walnut

Pair of Scolari Chrome Chandeliers for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylih pair of polished chrome chandeliers date to the 1970s and created by Scolari for Lightolier. Note: Each chandelier requires four candleabra based light bulbs. Note...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Carl Moser 1, Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1953 (see image 20) we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Table Lamps by Gerald Thurston in Multi Colored Ceramic & Brass for Lightolier
By The Marbro Lamp Company, Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Framingham, MA
Scarce and excellent pair of multi-colored ceramic & brass tables lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Minor wear to brass & ceramic cones. New electrical cords; restored socke...
Category

15th Century and Earlier American Mid-Century Modern Antique Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom chandelier by Lightolier. Manufactured in USA, circa 1970s. Polished aluminum. Wired for U.S. standards. We recommend sixty 3w maximum bulbs. Bulbs provided as a one time cour...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum

1960s Tommi Parzinger Style Brass Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1960s Mid-Century Modern brass chandelier in the style of Tommi Parzinger made by Lightolier, fully restored and rewired ready to use. Total height including the chain 40...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Sputnik Chandelier Light 6 Arms
By Lightolier
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Sputnik chandelier light 6 arms This is very nice smaller Lightolier Sputnik stainless steel and milk glass globes light fixture.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Stainless Steel

Lightolier Brass 6-Cone Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier brass 6-cone pendant light.
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Midcentury Brass Pendant Light Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury brass and glass pendant light by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Gerald Thurston pendant light. Embellished glass diffuser having gold colored glass overlay of bursting li...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston Lamps, Porcelain and Brass
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Gerald Thurston lamps, porcelain and brass. Pair of Gerald Thurston dark chocolate brown glazed porcelain lamps with honeycomb pattern on brass bases. Measures: Base is 1 inch x 8 in...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Wall Light Sconce Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Large wall light sconce Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Handcrafted glass with white and gold colored glass overlay creating a bursting display that enhances illumination mounted to ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Chandelier with Three Striped Milk Glass Shades, 1950s
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Chandelier with three hanging pin-striped milk glass shades with walnut armature and brass accents by Lightolier, American, 1950s. (Lightolier label on canopy). The drop can be modif...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern lightolier 30 light sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Midcentury Vintage Ceramic Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury vintage ceramic lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. As shown, ceramic base requires specifying hardware and wiring.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Ceramic

1950s Three-Light Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hudson, NY
A very well designed vintage 1950s floor lamp with three lights, fully adjustable, mounted with brass fittings on a tall stem. Beautifully shaped conical shades with integrated switc...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Reflector Table Lamps by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice reflector tubular lamp, in white enamel mate finish and black base, in perfect condition the light bulb projects to the top and a reflector, projects the light outside, in a bla...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Glass Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Lightolier. Reverse painted stripes in fuchsia and pale pink created to look like hand blown Murano glass. Original base and glass reflector....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Glass

Pair of Sciolari Glass Rod & Brass Wall Sconces Two-Light Bulbs, Italia, 1970
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Two-wall sconces designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. Measure 16 inches high by 7.5 inches wide. 2 E11 candelabra size socket.
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Silver Plated Midcentury Chandelier, Lightolier, Italy, 1960s
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Vienna, AT
An impressive Modernist chandelier from the 1960s, designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightoiler, Italy. Made from silvered brass. The chandelier has three arms and offers nine light s...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Silver

1950s Gerald Thurston Triennale Floor Lamp for Lightolier, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in London, GB
Gerald Thurston Triennale floor lamp for Lightolier. Original dusky pink enameled frame and base with brass detailing. In good vintage condition showing expected signs of wear comme...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Pair of Venetia Table Lamps by Lightolier, Light Blue and White Striped Glass
By Lightolier
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of "Venetia" table lamps by Lightolier. Striped with custom shades matching the originals. Glass is mint. The brass bases show signs of light wear with one having a small dent t...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass