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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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Vintage Mid Century Ceramic Dachshund Figural Lamp
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Mid Century Ceramic Dachshund Figural Lamp
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $60- $150
$105 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
Dec 08, 11:00 AM CST
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,000
$3501 Bid
PAIR OF ADRIAN PEARSALL STYLE MID CENTURY MODERN LAMPS. POSSIBLY MODLINE.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF ADRIAN PEARSALL STYLE MID CENTURY MODERN LAMPS. POSSIBLY MODLINE.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $120- $160
$801 Bid
Mid Century Modern Floor To Ceiling Pole Lamp
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern Floor To Ceiling Pole Lamp
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $200
$10 Bids
Mid Century Milk Glass Hobnail Lamp
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Mid Century Milk Glass Hobnail Lamp
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $50- $100
$400 Bids
MID-CENTURY BRASS LIGHT
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
MID-CENTURY BRASS LIGHT
by Sheppards
Est: €150- €250
€900 Bids
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MID-CENTURY, TISCHLEUCHTE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
MID-CENTURY, TISCHLEUCHTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF140- CHF260
CHF1400 Bids
Mid Century Modern nude lamp
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern nude lamp
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $400- $450
$2000 Bids
Vintage Mid Century Modern White Gooseneck Lamp
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
Vintage Mid Century Modern White Gooseneck Lamp
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$400 Bids
VINTAGE PAIR OF MCM LAMPS
Jan 02, 11:00 AM EST
VINTAGE PAIR OF MCM LAMPS
by Austin York LLC
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAIR MID CENTURY GOLD CERAMIC LAMPS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR MID CENTURY GOLD CERAMIC LAMPS
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $40- $60
$300 Bids
vintage MCM chrome table lamp
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
vintage MCM chrome table lamp
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Pair early 20th century Serve's porcelain lamps
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Pair early 20th century Serve's porcelain lamps
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $700
$1000 Bids
MID CENTURY MODERN POTTERY TABLE LAMP. DIMPLED DESIGN.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
MID CENTURY MODERN POTTERY TABLE LAMP. DIMPLED DESIGN.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $100- $140
$700 Bids
Retro Mid Century Guzzini Type Free Standing standard lamp
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Retro Mid Century Guzzini Type Free Standing standard lamp
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
FREDERICK COOPER Mid Century BR Neoclassical Lamp
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
FREDERICK COOPER Mid Century BR Neoclassical Lamp
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $500
$10 Bids
Pieri Tullio mid century eagle lamp bases. Eagles standing on plinths with stars. Gold plaster
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Pieri Tullio mid century eagle lamp bases. Eagles standing on plinths with stars. Gold plaster
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
MC Modern Crackle Glass Lamp w Parchment Shade
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
MC Modern Crackle Glass Lamp w Parchment Shade
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$10 Bids
2 MID CENTURY MODERN LAMPS. WOOD BOWLING PIN FORM MADE IN DENMARK. . AND METAL POTTERY.
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
2 MID CENTURY MODERN LAMPS. WOOD BOWLING PIN FORM MADE IN DENMARK. . AND METAL POTTERY.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $40- $60
$300 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp
Dec 08, 11:00 AM CST
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
GOOD MID CENTURY MODERN POTTERY TABLE LAMP. Signed on the underside.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
GOOD MID CENTURY MODERN POTTERY TABLE LAMP. Signed on the underside.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $150- $200
$1000 Bids
MID CENTURY GREEN HORSE HEADS POTTERY TABLE LAMPS
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
MID CENTURY GREEN HORSE HEADS POTTERY TABLE LAMPS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Mid-Century Modern Lamps & Lights


Uniques & Antiques

Uniques & Antiques

Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Akiba Antiques

Akiba Antiques