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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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Mid-Century Floor Lamp 69 1/2 in. (176.5 cm.)
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Mid-Century Floor Lamp 69 1/2 in. (176.5 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$909 Bids
Group of Five Contemporary Brass Finish Floor Lamps with Shades
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Five Contemporary Brass Finish Floor Lamps with Shades
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$1757 Bids
Saguaro Skeleton Floor Lamp
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Saguaro Skeleton Floor Lamp
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Vintage chrome floor lamp (145 x 27cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Vintage chrome floor lamp (145 x 27cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD180- AUD260
AUD705 Bids
Mid-century twin snake neck floor lamp with capiz shades 148 x 106cm
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Mid-century twin snake neck floor lamp with capiz shades 148 x 106cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD604 Bids
Mid Century Brass Floor Lamp Palm Leaf Shade
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Mid Century Brass Floor Lamp Palm Leaf Shade
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$1203 Bids
Rustic Southwestern Influenced Floor Lamp
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Rustic Southwestern Influenced Floor Lamp
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
A tall Ionic column form standard lamp inlaid with marble. Total height 160cm
May 26, 7:00 PM AEST
A tall Ionic column form standard lamp inlaid with marble. Total height 160cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD202 Bids
CONDALINI PAR HANSANDFRANZ DESIGN TRÈS GRAND LAMPADAIRE ARC " KYUDO "
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
CONDALINI PAR HANSANDFRANZ DESIGN TRÈS GRAND LAMPADAIRE ARC " KYUDO "
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€102 Bids
ROCHE BOBOIS LAMPADAIRE MODÈLE " ARC TOBIA "
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
ROCHE BOBOIS LAMPADAIRE MODÈLE " ARC TOBIA "
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €500- €1,000
€602 Bids
Herbert & Terry articulated floor lamp (195 x 50cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Herbert & Terry articulated floor lamp (195 x 50cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD250
AUD202 Bids
Obelisk Composite Wood Floor Lamp & Shade
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Obelisk Composite Wood Floor Lamp & Shade
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Metal floor lamp with metal shade retailed by Bloomingdales (150cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Metal floor lamp with metal shade retailed by Bloomingdales (150cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD120- AUD180
AUD452 Bids
Painted Floor Lamp
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Painted Floor Lamp
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Three Floor Lamps
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Three Floor Lamps
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Maison Jansen Style Swing-Arm Floor Lamps, Pr
Jun 09, 12:00 PM EDT
Maison Jansen Style Swing-Arm Floor Lamps, Pr
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Studio Wieki Somers, Chuugi floor lamp
May 23, 10:00 AM PDT
Studio Wieki Somers, Chuugi floor lamp
by Wright
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$1001 Bid
Copper floor lamp
May 23, 3:00 PM CEST
Copper floor lamp
by Casa d'aste ARCADIA
Est: €300- €500
€3001 Bid
DANISH MODERN GOLDTONE FLOOR LAMP
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
DANISH MODERN GOLDTONE FLOOR LAMP
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$501 Bid
Goffredo Reggiani Large floor lamp
May 21, 6:00 PM CEST
Goffredo Reggiani Large floor lamp
by LTWID Auction
Est: €800- €1,200
€4601 Bid
Enrico Tronconi I Personaggi series Floor Lamp
May 21, 6:00 PM CEST
Enrico Tronconi I Personaggi series Floor Lamp
by LTWID Auction
Est: €1,600- €2,400
€7001 Bid
Turned Fruitwood Smokers Floor Lamp, H overall: 54 in. (137.2 cm.)
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Turned Fruitwood Smokers Floor Lamp, H overall: 54 in. (137.2 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Floor Lamps & Lights


Westport Auction

Westport Auction

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Auctions at Showplace

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

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Cambi Casa d'Aste