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Lightolier Furniture

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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1950s Torchère Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Classic uplight torchère floor lamp with three vertical brass rods supporting a shallow brass bowl and wider glass shade. The base designed by Gerald Thurston with a textured, fire a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

1960s Huge Gerald Thurston 3 Lights Tall Table Lamp , USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
30 in. tall table lamp from Gerald Thurston for Lightolier . Original shade measure 18 in. wide by 7 in. high . Contain 3 E26 size ceramic socket rated at 60 watts each . ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Gerald Thurston Articulating Reading Lamp, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Chic articulating reading lamp in brass with ivory lacquer and bulb diffuser by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, American, 1950s.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Modern Sciolari Glass Rod Sconces by Sciolari for Lightolier, 1970
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Rijssen, NL
Clean lines to complement all decors. A pair of wonderful high-end wall Lights. With brass and chrome detail and hanging glass tubes. A halve round design featuring 35 glass tubes mo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

1950s Gerald Thurston Counterweight Brass and Walnut Floor Lamp, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Elegant, bold floor lamp with a lot of personality and presence. Solid well made construction. The counterweight work perfectly, permitting easy shade height adjustment from 5...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Gerald Thurston Walnut and Brass Table Lamps for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant pair of modern table lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier in the United States, circa 1960s. These dazzling lamps are crafted in solid walnut wood featuring their...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Brass

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.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Metal

1950s Gerald Thurston Chandelier for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Miami, FL
An inspired design by Gerald Thurston and produced by Lightolier, this chandelier uses reflection as a means of light with it's three brass cones that pierce a curving canopy above t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Brass

1 of the 4 Large Modern Sciolari Glass Rod Sconces for Lightolier, 1970
By Lightolier
Located in Rijssen, NL
Clean lines to complement all decors. 1 of the 4 wonderful high-end light fixtures or wall lights with brass detail and hanging glass giving the piece an elegant appearance which ref...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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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 lights each.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Aluminum, Chrome

14-Arm / Socket Lightolier Chrome Sputnik with Tubular Bulbs Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a late 20th century fourteen-arm / socket Lightolier chrome Sputnik with long tubular modern bulbs chandelier. This chandelier is in such pristine condition, we are not su...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Chrome

Brass & Enamel Mid-Century Modern Chandelier E Wormley for Lightolier, USA 1950s
By Lightolier, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern brass and ivory enameled tole, 3 lights chandelier, by Edward Wormley for Lightolier, USA, 1950s. Rewired, In good vintage condition.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Enamel

Lightolier Glitzy Lucite and Glass Rod Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A glamorous Lucite and brass table lamp ingeniously designed with dozens of glass rods around the rectangular periphery. Shade optional. The shade in photos is 16 W x 12 D x 10 H.
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Glass, Lucite

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass, Glass and Crystal Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston, Paavo Tynell
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning iconic perforated brass and glass chandelier by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This fabulous brass chandelier has a gilt decorated coupe with crystal Sputnik spheres termin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Modernist Sixteen Light Chandelier by Lightolier
By Tommi Parzinger, Lightolier
Located in Rochester, NY
A sixteen light black enameled steel chandelier by Lightolier in the manner of Tommi Parzinger. Beautiful all original condition - circa 1960. Look at all pictures and read condition...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Steel

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 Furniture

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Metal

1970s Lightolier Chandelier Designed by Sciolari
By Lightolier
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A pair of thirty-six-light aluminum modernist chandeliers designed by Gaetano Sciolari, and manufactured by Lightolier. The original Lightolier tag remains hanging from one of the ch...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Aluminum

1970s Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A matte black metal ceiling fixture having straight slender arms extending outwardly from its vertical post in a spiral effect inspired by Poul Kjaerholm, circa 1960.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Midcentury Space Age Desk Table Lamp Lightolier, Japan, circa 1965
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Lightolier adjustable desk lamp in orange red. Plastic with a chrome shaft which the shade can be adjusted, chrome locking thumbscrew.
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cantilevered Desk Table Lamp by Lightolier, Japan
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous cantilevered desk lamp by Lightolier from the 1960s. Black and white plastic shade which houses one flourescant bulb will pivot 360° degrees. Metal base and chrome shaft sup...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Chrome

1950s Italian Perforated Wall Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon wall sconce with a perforated tube core surrounded by a solid tube shade. Original white and black paint. Original Lightolier sticker and stamped "C529A".   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

1950s Gerald Thurston Triennale Floor Lamp for Lightolier, USA
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
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 Furniture

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Metal, Brass

One Tube Rod Brass Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Rijssen, NL
One Italian Mid-Century Modern glass rod and brass Gaetano Sciolari chandelier for Lightolier. Each 10-arm chandelier has 20-light bulbs, circa 1960s-1970s. Illuminates beautifully. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Robert Bulmore Tripod Metal Table Lamp Midcentury, 1960s
By Robert Bulmore, Lightolier
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Tripod metal table lamp with glass shade by Robert Bulmore for Lightolier, circa 1960s. Dimensions: Height 27", diameter 7". The shade is not included. For props...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Carl Moser 1, Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Hingham, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1956 we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra sockets, each ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern chandelier. Design by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. Striking Italian design from the 1960s-1970s. Gilt brass frame with 150 original glass ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

1950s Gerald Thurston Counterweight Brass and Walnut Floor Lamp, USA
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Well made, solid construction brass and walnut floor lamp with height adjustable shade.  Counter weight mechanism work extremely well. Original plastic shade and diffuser. Meas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Rare Paavo Tynell for Lightolier Ceiling Light
By Paavo Tynell, Lightolier
Located in East Hampton, NY
Extremely unique, this is a 3-light Ballerina chandelier with perforated cup diffusers by Paavo Tynell for Lightolier.
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Enamel

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Lamp, circa 1960
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern porcelain and brass lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Some patina to Brass. Holds 3 lightbulbs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Porcelain

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Articulating Desk Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, desk lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier features an articulating, 12 inch diameter, spun aluminum with Lucite diffuser saucer shade on an arched stem with bra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

Brass Lightolier Tubular Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Wonderful brass and cream louvered pendant light from the mid-1960s. Perfect for a small entry or stairway landing.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Oversized Pencil Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Portland, ME
This playful Postmodern floor lamp is designed to resemble pencil with tip pointed upward. Painted pine wood, resembles a standard No. 2 pencil. Marked as created by Lightolier wi...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Maple, Maple

Large Early Mid Century Modern Lightolier Milk Glass Globe Pendant Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Large (16 inches in diameter) milk glass ball pendant lamp. Hard to find in this size, it will make a statement in your setting. Milk glass shade is in excellent condition. Metal cap...
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1950s American Minimalist Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Midcentury Lightolier Walnut Floor Lamp with Ebonized Base
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightolier floor lamp in walnut with a flared, ebonized-metal base that mirrors the finish of the socket, circa 1950s. Base uniquely features a linear decorative detail. Includes th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Gerald Thurston Torchiere Lamp with Glass Dish Shade
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 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 14in. diameter. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Gerald Thurston 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 Furniture

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Brass

Gerald Thurston "Cricket" Lamp for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Hudson, NY
Great modernist design, can sit on table or be hung on the wall as a sconce. Pierced pivoting shade allows for direct or diffused light and brightness control.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Enamel

Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier chandelier with five painted steel tube arms that house nine bulbs.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Steel

1950s Gerald Thurston Twin Gooseneck / Head Floor Lamp, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Create many sculptural shape with this twin brass goosneck floor lamp from Gerald Thuston for Lightolier. The enameled black semi gloss pierced shades contain one E26 socket rate...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Marvelous Lightolier 10 Cylinder Light Chandelier Flush Light Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Medford, NJ
Marvelous Lightolier 10 cylinder light chandelier with star shaped cut crystal globes. This wonderfully simple light fixture would be perfect for a midcentury inspired tall foyer or ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Lightolier Cut-Crystal Five-Arm Chandelier, circa 1940s
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful early example of the craftsmanship of the American lighting pioneer, Lightolier. Five glass arms meet at the bottom the tri-tiered cut-glass centre column. Brass cups und...
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1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

1950s Gerald Thurston Perforated Cone Flushmount, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Copper-plated aluminum shade and hardware with perforated enameled steel cone. Measure: 17 inches wide by 12.5 inches high from canopy to bottom of lamp. E26 size socket rated ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Porcelain Lamps
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Porcelain Lamps.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Lightolier Table Lamp
By Maurizio Tempestini, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable table lamp by Maurizio Tempestini for Lightolier. A rare and dynamic model by Tempestini. Painted wood base, carved ash standard that supports brass rods with a flexible c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

1950s Gerald Thurston Enameled Pierced Shade Flushmount, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Enameled aluminium pierced shade flush mount with brass arm and thick glass lens diffuser.  Solid well made construction. E26 size socket rated at 60 watt.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

1950s Gerald Thurston Brass Table Lamp with Enameled Shade, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Brass table lamp with an olive green enameled shade and counterweight. Acrylic diffuser under. Shade measure 13 inches diameter. On/Off rotating switch on shade. Regular E26 si...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Brass

1950s Gerald Thurston Pierced Shade Pendant for Lightolier, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Asian inspired brass-plated aluminium and enameled metal pierced shade pendant. Shade measure 12 in. wide by 7 in. high. Contain one E26 size socket rated at 60 watt.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Lightolier Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single 1970s modern chrome and steel directional sconce by Lightolier of the USA. Single E26 medium based socket. Currently wired for use in the US. Lightbulb included with order. M...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Ceramic Porcelain and Brass Honeycomb Lamps, Pair
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Hudson, NY
Very fine original hardware on these wonderfully delightful ceramic honeycomb lamps. Each lamp accommodates 3 bulbs. Pull switch alternates between one bulb on, two bulbs on, and thr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

1950s Gerald Thurston Table Lamp for Lightolier, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Classic American style table lamp made of enameled aluminium and brass. Vented shade measure 13 inches. Brass arm pivot on base. Contain one E26 size socket rated at 60 w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Aluminum

Gaetano Sciolari Zig Zag Chevron Chandelier Vintage
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in North Miami, FL
This mixed metals of brass and nickel silver of this vintage Italian Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier chandelier has been professionally polished and rewired. The dramatic zig zag che...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Nickel

High Style Silver Plated Art Deco Chandeliers
By Lightolier
Located in Peekskill, NY
This matching pair of 1930s Lightolier chandeliers are simple clean and elegant. The silver plating and large crystal ball give it a rich old world look. The feel is very Hollywood. ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Furniture

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Silver Plate

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Cricket Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Garnerville, NY
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier "Cricket" lamp. Black bakelite shade on brass frame. Signed on the underside of the shade. Re-wired. The lamp shade can be positioned in multiple ways....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

1940s Pair of Bronze Double Arm Nautical Wall Sconces with Sailing Ship Galleons
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
1940s nautical style two arm sconces with a sailing ship galleon motif at the top. Made of bronze in an antique finish. Sold as a pair. This can be seen at our 400 Gilligan St locati...
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1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Bronze

French Styled Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A midcentury chandelier with six white globes sitting on wave like sinusoid- sphere brass metalwork with radiating hanging rods fusing at the top into a shaft of bronze. Retains the ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Metal, Brass, Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp or Wall Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An elegant modernist design. Great as an accent for night light and can hang on the wall too . Made of brass, plastic and steel. It has nice adjustable reflector blinds. Original co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Lightolier Brass Dual Headed Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Lightolier brass dual headed floor lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Red Opaque Milk Glass Pendant Lamp by Glashutte Limburg for Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Well made thick red opaque milk glass pendant light by the noted lighting firm Glashutee Limburg for Lightolier: from the original owner. Purchased in 1979. Single cord suspension me...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Milk Glass

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