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Mid-Century Modern Lamps & Lights

The mid-century modern movement was a time of great experimentation in lamp and lighting design. The first half of the movement was marked by table lamps that utilized ceramic and pottery bases in natural forms, topped by shades made of parchment or fiberglass. As the movement roared on, designs became more angular, space-age, and modern, utilizing materials like metal and wood. Chandeliers had names like “Sputnik,” “Atomic,” and “Miracle.”

Some of the best examples of mid-century modern lamps include the Arco lamp, the Artichoke lamp, a steel-plate contemporary riff on the traditional crystal chandelier designed by Danish designer Poul Henningsen for manufacturer Louis Poulsen, and the Sputnik chandelier, originally credited by Gino Sarfatti and one of the most replicated modern lamp designs of all time.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013 a pair of two Italian silvered-metal Sputnik chandeliers sold for $4,191 at Christie’s in London
  • Although many believe this common misconception, prolific mid-century modern design duo Ray and Charles Eames did not design any lighting fixtures or lamps
  • George Nelson, while perhaps better known for his iconic mid-century clock designs for manufacturer Herman Miller, also designed a series of “bubble” hanging pendant lamps and sconces which have since become ubiquitous

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Mid Century Modern Teak Wood Table Lamp
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern Teak Wood Table Lamp
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $400
$1309 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Cylindrical Metal Table Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Cylindrical Metal Table Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Mid-Century Modern Green & Milk Glass Table Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Green & Milk Glass Table Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Mid-Century Modern Oversized Light Bulb Hanging Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Oversized Light Bulb Hanging Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Mid-Century Modern Wood & Glass Hanging Light, Frances and Michael Higgins
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Wood & Glass Hanging Light, Frances and Michael Higgins
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $300
$251 Bid
Mid Century Modern Artistic Lucite Table Lamp
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Modern Artistic Lucite Table Lamp
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Mid Century Modern Drip Glaze Triple Gourd Lamps
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Mid Century Modern Drip Glaze Triple Gourd Lamps
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Mid Century Modern Table Lamp
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern Table Lamp
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Mid-Century Modern 2-Arm Lamp, Style of Gerald Thurston
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern 2-Arm Lamp, Style of Gerald Thurston
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Two Mid-Century Lamps
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Two Mid-Century Lamps
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Brass & Capiz Shell Hanging Flower Pendant Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Brass & Capiz Shell Hanging Flower Pendant Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Woven Plastic Hanging Ceiling Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Woven Plastic Hanging Ceiling Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Frosted Glass Hanging Pendant Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Frosted Glass Hanging Pendant Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$250 Bids
Pair Mid Century Modern Brass & Ebonized Torchiere Floor Lamps, 20th C
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Pair Mid Century Modern Brass & Ebonized Torchiere Floor Lamps, 20th C
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Spiral Shell Chandelier Lamp Shade
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Spiral Shell Chandelier Lamp Shade
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Mid Century Modern Metal Laurel Lamp, Tear Drop Form
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid Century Modern Metal Laurel Lamp, Tear Drop Form
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Mid Century Modern Swivelier Lamp Work Light, Bauhaus Style
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid Century Modern Swivelier Lamp Work Light, Bauhaus Style
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Pair of Green & White Mid-Century Modern Hourglass Lamps, Mutual Sunset Co
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Pair of Green & White Mid-Century Modern Hourglass Lamps, Mutual Sunset Co
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Plastic Table Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Plastic Table Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Atomic Gooseneck Floor Lamp, Aluminum
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Atomic Gooseneck Floor Lamp, Aluminum
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Black Marble Lamp, Hollywood Regency
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Black Marble Lamp, Hollywood Regency
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Spun Aluminum Saucer Pendant Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Spun Aluminum Saucer Pendant Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Hanging Metal Onion Cage Lamp, Lightcraft of California
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Hanging Metal Onion Cage Lamp, Lightcraft of California
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $300- $600
$500 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Metal Enamel Saucer Pendant Lamp
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern Metal Enamel Saucer Pendant Lamp
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids

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