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Floor Lamps & Lights

Today, floor lamps are a practical staple in many modern homes, but that wasn’t always the case. Floor lamps evolved from candelabras and torche?res, which featured candles at the top of a sturdy base, and first appeared in France towards the end of the seventeenth century. As floor lamps became more popular, the bases and shades became more decorative than their purely functional predecessors.

Modern and antique floor lamps can be found in a variety of styles including Art Deco, Victorian, mid-century modern, Regency, Italian, Neoclassical, Queen Anne, and Venetian. The mid-century era was a particularly active time in the design of floor lamps. Several iconic styles including the Arco, one of the most iconic pieces of lighting design ever, developed during the mid-century movement.


Quick Facts

  • The oft-copied Arco floor lamp, designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is comprised of a smooth metal arc rising from a sturdy marble base with a globe-like metal shade
  • Authentic antique Tiffany floor lamps, while somewhat rare, offer exceptional leaded-glass shades in both downward and upward facing orientations
  • Two 19th century replicas of giltwood and bronze bespoke torche?res commissioned by Louis XV in 1770 for a masked ball recently sold for over $400,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Planet Studio K Floor Lamp - in orange, with original orange cord.
Oct 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage Planet Studio K Floor Lamp - in orange, with original orange cord.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1108 Bids
Handel Bronze Floor Lamp with Art Glass Shade
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Handel Bronze Floor Lamp with Art Glass Shade
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$2004 Bids
Planet Studio Model K Floor Lamp in Brown.
Oct 02, 7:00 PM AEDT
Planet Studio Model K Floor Lamp in Brown.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD904 Bids
INGO MAURER (BORN IN 1932) BAMBOO AND RICE PAPER FLOOR LAMP CREATED IN 1973
Oct 16, 11:00 AM CEST
INGO MAURER (BORN IN 1932) BAMBOO AND RICE PAPER FLOOR LAMP CREATED IN 1973
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,800- €2,400
€1,1013 Bids
Rustic Iron Candlestick Floor Lamp & Ostrich Shade
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Rustic Iron Candlestick Floor Lamp & Ostrich Shade
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Industrial Style Spotlight Rolling Floor Lamp
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Industrial Style Spotlight Rolling Floor Lamp
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Robert Sonneman Chrome 1970's Floor Lamp.
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CDT
Robert Sonneman Chrome 1970's Floor Lamp.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $250- $350
$702 Bids
Pair of Black Postmodern Ron Rezek Style Floor Lamps
Oct 01, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Black Postmodern Ron Rezek Style Floor Lamps
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
ART DECO STYLE BRONZE AND SPELTER LAMP
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
ART DECO STYLE BRONZE AND SPELTER LAMP
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Floor Lamp
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Floor Lamp
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Floor Lamp
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Floor Lamp
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
ART DECO STYLE FLOOR LAMP
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
ART DECO STYLE FLOOR LAMP
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
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Pair of Lucite & Brass Floor Lamps.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Lucite & Brass Floor Lamps.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Richard Sapper for Artemide, 'Tizio' floor lamp
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
Richard Sapper for Artemide, 'Tizio' floor lamp
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Chapman (attrib.) brass and tole floor lamp
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
Chapman (attrib.) brass and tole floor lamp
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $80- $125
$401 Bid
Bone Veneered Baluster Form Table Lamp and a Brass Floor Lamp
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Bone Veneered Baluster Form Table Lamp and a Brass Floor Lamp
by Stair
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Mid Century Modern Modeline Architectural Floor Lamp
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Mid Century Modern Modeline Architectural Floor Lamp
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $400- $700
$2251 Bid
(3) IRON FLOOR LAMPS
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
(3) IRON FLOOR LAMPS
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$501 Bid
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A pair of brass telescopic angle poise floor lamps, 20th century
Oct 09, 10:00 AM PDT
A pair of brass telescopic angle poise floor lamps, 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1401 Bid
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Christian LIAIGRE (1943-2020) Lampadaire « Chantecaille »
Oct 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Christian LIAIGRE (1943-2020) Lampadaire « Chantecaille »
by Artcurial
Est: €600- €800
€6001 Bid
Floor Lamp
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Floor Lamp
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Floor Lamps & Lights


Artcurial

Artcurial

Kamelot Auctions

Kamelot Auctions

Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste

Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste

Public Sale Auction House

Public Sale Auction House