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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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Nakashima Style Walnut and Birch Floor Lamp by Lightolier, 1960s
By Lightolier, George Nakashima
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

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Sciolari Glass Rods, Brass and Chrome Three Lights Flushmount, 1970s , Italia
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
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...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, 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...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

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

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

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

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...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Lightolier, Carl Moser 1, Gerald Thurston
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 Gerald Thurston, Lightolier, The Marbro Lamp Company
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...
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15th Century and Earlier American Mid-Century Modern Antique 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...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

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

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...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

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

Mid Century Modern Gerald Thurston Torchiere Lamp with Glass Dish Shade
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
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

1950s Gerald Thurston Brass and Walnut Tripod Floor Lamp, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Iconic tripod floor lamp from Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Three new shade in an off-white tone supplied with order. Each shade measure 10 in. high, 7 in. wide on base and ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Tripod Desk or Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Framingham, MA
Iconic yet scarce tripod three shade lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier - 1950s. The lamp has its original label which is a rarity with these. I left the lamp in original conditi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, 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

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Walnut and Aluminum Table Lamp, circa 1965
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier walnut and aluminum table lamp, circa 1965. Original Gerald Thurston for Lightolier walnut and aluminum star base floor lamp. Very good to excellent or...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum

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

Midcentury Ebonized Walnut, Brass and Opaline Glass Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and sophisticated Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized by the esteemed American lighting atelier Lightolier circa 1960. It features six curved rectangular slats in...
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1960s 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 Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury vintage ceramic lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. As shown, ceramic base requires specifying hardware and wiring.
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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...
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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 Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
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.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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...
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1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Gaetano Sciolari Silver Plated Midcentury Chandelier, Lightolier, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
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...
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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...
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1950s Italian 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

Mid-Century Modern Sixteen-Light Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous black iron 16-light chandelier in a spiral form. Chandelier currently has incorrect shaped bulbs. Should have modern styled round bulbs will soon. Height of the chandelier i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Iron

Lightolier German Glass and Brass Flush Mount Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
German glass dome flush mount chandelier with brass rim and finial by Lightolier, circa 1960s. Paper label attached.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Concentric Louvered Brass Pendant Light / Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Fulton, CA
A polished brass pendant chandelier by Lightolier. Designed with 5 concentric, brushed brass louvers over a polished brass metal domed shade. Concentric bands allow filtered upward l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Pair of 1960s Ceramic Lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hudson, NY
A beautiful pair of vintage 1960s table lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. the bases with a series of graduated ceramic orb shaped, separated by brass rings, in a pale...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Ceramic

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

Gerald Thurston Cricket Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original "Cricket" table lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Enameled white shade, articulates from angular brass base. A versatile lamp that may be hung on the wall as...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

Enamel

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 Desk Task Lamp, 1960s
By Lightolier
Located in San Diego, CA
Lightolier Space Age desk or task lamp from the 1960s. Stainless steel over plastic. Fully adjustable arm. Made in Japan.
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Stainless Steel

1950s Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount Light 18 Tube Clear Crystal by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
1950s Lightolier Mid-Century Modern flushmount light with 18 Murano style clear tube crystals. This can be seen at our 333 West 52nd St location in the Theater District West of Manha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Crystal, Chrome

Lightolier Modern Gooseneck Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cool modern gooseneck floor lamp. 1980s style with metal shade and base. Works and accommodates modern bulbs.
Category

20th Century American Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Brass Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari, Very Large Rare 54 Light Version
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Kansas City, MO
Fifty four light brass chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. The largest, most rare version of this design. New light bulbs exactly like the originals. All sockets ...
Category

1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston "Fin" Porcelain Table Lamps by Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
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

Gerald Thurston Brass and Walnut Table Lamps for Lightolier Co.
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gerald Thurston brass and walnut table lamps for Lightolier Co.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Walnut, Rosewood

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.
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

MCM Gerald Thurston Brass Ebony Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Surrey, BC
Nice fully functional, floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston made by Lightolier. Great condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Perforated Brass Offset Half Domes Sconce Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Camden, ME
A lacquered brass double-socket wall sconce attributed to Gerald Thurston manufactured by Lightolier from the 1950s. A relatively rare model with two perforated half domes attached...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Brass

Lytegem White Task Lamp by Lightolier
By Michael Lax, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
All white Lytegem lamp with spherical metal shade, cube base and chrome arm. Designed by Michael Lax for Lightolier. USA, circa 1990. Named by the late Industrial designer Jay Dob...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid Century Modern Tripod Table Lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Framingham, MA
Amazing set of original Gerald Thurston tripod lamps (larger & rarer version) with milk glass reflectors. Made by Lightolier. Original shades and finials. Original wiring. Lovely wal...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Yellow Chandelier, Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Fulton, CA
A canary yellow 5-light chandelier or pendant light by Lightolier. Can be installed as a pendant light with use of 8 foot chair or shortened to hang as a chandelier with desired dept...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Architectural Articulating Floor Reading Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Classic floor, reading lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. The lamp has several adjustments, including height, and angle of disk shade. The disk shade can be rotated o...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal