July 22, 2024

Mid-Century Table Lamps

As with any collecting hobby, TV lamp collectors will find that they sometimes stray from their area of specialization. These peripheral objects can add depth to your primary collection and enhance the presentation of it. Many of the table lamps shown here were manufactured by the same folk that brought us so many great TV lamps. With the exception of the most audacious mid-century designs, table lamps don’t command the prices often reached by TV lamps, making them an excellent value.

There are a lot of crazy mid-century lamps around, but this one is my favorite. It just reeks of over-the-top ’50s styling! More often found with brown, rather than blue, detailing. Photo courtesy of Melissa Eastwood.
This dramatic design would definitely be the focal point of a room! The shades are nicely decorated in a classic mid-century style. Photos courtesy of Andy from Royal Oak, Michigan.
The fluid style of this lamp is all metal.
The angle of the shades is easily adjustable.
Cali-Co bird lamp A mid-sized table lamp by Cali-Co of California. The shade is not vintage. I’ve also seen this one in gray rather than the green shown here.
Moss Oriental Lamp When many people think of mid-century lamps, they think of Moss lamps. Produced by the Moss Manufacturing Company in San Francisco, they were pioneers in the extensive use of fiberglass and plexiglas, and often included motorized elements to their lamps. Photos courtesy of an eBay seller from Westchester, NY.
Moss Oriental Lamp Moss lamps frequently feature a ceramic figurine. Not of their own manufacture, the figurines were produced for them from various potteries, including Hedi Schoop, Ceramic Arts Studio, Yona, Lefton and Dorothy Kindell.
Moss Oriental Lamp The quality design of this figurine is the result of Moss calling upon only the best potteries for such components.
Moss Oriental Lamp The transparent red glaze really adds to the beauty of the figurine.
Moss Oriental Lamp From the back one can see the plexiglas construction.
large Kron table lamp Enormous Kron table lamp! (the ceramic body alone is almost 19″ tall) The shade is ’50s vintage (and also enormous), but isn’t an original match for the lamp. I have another lamp in this style, only it’s bed-table size, and probably about 9″ tall.
bedroom lamps Nice pair of Kron bedside lamps.
Kron table lamp This Kron lamp is a stylistic match to their Circus Horse TV lamp. Kron seems to have signed all of his designs, and this one has the usual marking. Also found in turquoise.
peach Kron table lamp Sharp looking Kron table lamp. Great ’50s 3-tier shade! Photo courtesy of Steve Iverson.
green Kron table lamp It would appear that Howard Kron made a lot of table lamps! This green beauty is clearly marked. I’ve also seen this one in brown. (In fact I see it every day…I have one in my living room!) Photo courtesy of Pat Kindle of Lawrence, KS.
Danish Modern Lamp This great mid-century design is just the thing to set off your Danish-modern furniture collection! Photos courtesy of Porcelain & Pottery Restoration of Chilton, Wisconsin.
Danish Modern Lamp The body of the lamp is decorated with a great ’50s design.