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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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EUROPEAN SCHOOL (MID 19TH CENTURY)
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EUROPEAN SCHOOL (MID 19TH CENTURY)
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Est: £250- £350
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Mid Century Modernist Brass Lamp Wall Light
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Est: $40- $15,000
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Mid Century Holmegaard Glass Meteor Lamp, Bang
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Mid Century Holmegaard Glass Meteor Lamp, Bang
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Est: $50- $15,000
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EARLY-MID 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN MARINER'S COMPASS
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
EARLY-MID 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN MARINER'S COMPASS
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
MID CENTURY MODERN GOOSE NECK LAMP
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MID CENTURY MODERN GOOSE NECK LAMP
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
MID CENTURY PSYCHEDELIC HIPPIE DRESS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MID CENTURY PSYCHEDELIC HIPPIE DRESS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Mid Century Modern Table Lamps
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Mid Century Modern Table Lamps
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Unidentified artist, german, mid 19th century,The scholar
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Unidentified artist, german, mid 19th century,The scholar
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
Gerald Thurston Attr. Mid-Century Desk Lamp
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Gerald Thurston Attr. Mid-Century Desk Lamp
by Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Mirjami Marttila Mid-Century Weaving Titled Kissatytto (Catgirl)
Oct 31, 10:00 AM PDT
Mirjami Marttila Mid-Century Weaving Titled Kissatytto (Catgirl)
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Signed Mid-Century Oil on Canvas
Oct 31, 10:00 AM PDT
Signed Mid-Century Oil on Canvas
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
MID-CENTURY GEORGE MULHAUSER (1922-2002,
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
MID-CENTURY GEORGE MULHAUSER (1922-2002,
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
LOT OF FOUR PIECES OF MID-CENTURY MODERN
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
LOT OF FOUR PIECES OF MID-CENTURY MODERN
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Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
Modernist Adjustable Chrome Desk Lamp
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Modernist Adjustable Chrome Desk Lamp
by Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
Mid Century Modern Chrome and Cork Lamp
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
Mid Century Modern Chrome and Cork Lamp
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Southwestern Artist Signed Pottery Lamp
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
Southwestern Artist Signed Pottery Lamp
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $300- $400
$800 Bids
Mid Century Modern Rosewood Veneered Wardrobe
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern Rosewood Veneered Wardrobe
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Mid Century Chrome Finished Adjustable Floor Lamp
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
Mid Century Chrome Finished Adjustable Floor Lamp
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Mid Century 14K Yellow Gold Onyx & Diamond Ring
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
Mid Century 14K Yellow Gold Onyx & Diamond Ring
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Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Mid Century Enamel on Metal Abstract Green Design in wooden frame
Nov 07, 10:00 AM PDT
Mid Century Enamel on Metal Abstract Green Design in wooden frame
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
Mid Century A Regnier Oil Painting Impressionistic Landscape in Blues
Nov 07, 10:00 AM PDT
Mid Century A Regnier Oil Painting Impressionistic Landscape in Blues
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$9000 Bids
Rubi Roth Mid Century Modern Earth Goddess
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
Rubi Roth Mid Century Modern Earth Goddess
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $200- $800
$800 Bids
Mid Century Impressionist Watercolor On Paper "Man Under Lamp"
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Mid Century Impressionist Watercolor On Paper "Man Under Lamp"
by Time Auction
Est: $200- $500
$500 Bids
A Mid-Century Modern White & Brown Glazed Terracotta Pierced Ceiling Lamp
Nov 03, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Mid-Century Modern White & Brown Glazed Terracotta Pierced Ceiling Lamp
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD500 Bids

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