Vintage Art Deco Lamps

In today’s buyer’s guide we’ll be taking a look at vintage Art Deco Lamps. Of course, the Art Deco period, which was roughly between 1925 and 1939, included a lot more than just lamps. It also included many other elements of interior design and  home furnishings as well as architecture. Art Deco has gain popularity as a vintage look due to movies like King Kong, the Batman movies, the Mummy movies and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. One of the easiest ways to get that look in your home is a vintage Art Deco Lamp so that’s what we’ll discuss here.

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Art Deco Lamps reflected the entire design movement which is what make them an ideal showpiece if you want to give a room a vintage feel. Sometimes these lamps will combine a modernist geometric design with classic Greek art. They may include a Middle Eastern or Egyptian artifact look. They may have unusual lighting arrangements. All in all, there is a lot of variation but the bottom line is a design that captures a  nostalgic look and feel for the era.

Art Deco Lamps that feature beautiful squared glass designs are some of the more sought after designs by collectors because they give the feel of the movies that reflect the era. However, don’t overlook the more novel designs that can be quite a conversation piece. Some of the more interesting designs I’ve seen have included those that featured stunning silhouettes, fine sculptures and detailed artistic insets. Some of these lamps are quite rare and can command prices well into 6 figures but you can also find more reasonably priced ones as well.

As with any vintage item you’re considering purchasing you must take the time to insure that the vintage Art Deco Lamp you are considering purchasing is indeed vintage and not a modern day reproduction or even a hybrid with old and new parts. Always take the reputation of the seller into account, especially if you’re buying online and can’t personally examine the lamp. I recommend that you always inquire about the history of the lamp and if there is any damage or if there have been repairs.

Also, given that a Art Deco Lamp is an electrical device, you should ask if it is in working order and is safe to use as a lamp. Occasionally you’ll find vintage Art Deco Lamps being sold without electrical components or with frayed cords. While electrically unsafe lamps may be still be great decorator items, non-working status does affect their overall price. Also, bear in mind that some of these lamps are simply unsafe to use as a light source because of the lower electrical safety standards of those days.

I hope that this overview of Art Deco Lamps has been helpful to you. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer as best I can.


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Comment by Vacation Pack List
2008-09-02 09:55:08

Art Deco was a very cool era and love the Art Deco glass and of course Art Deco lamps. I hadn’t thought of movies making a certain style popular again but you might be onto something with that - Art Deco rules I say

Comment by Luxury Paris Hotels
2008-09-02 09:57:05

There are some beautiful Art Deco hotels in Paris: but we prefer the over the top Louis XV style - though Art Deco is probably more practical - its so hard to keep all that gilt and cut glass clean while the smooth clean lines of Art Deco lend themselves to being - well easy to mainain really!

Comment by Luxury Paris Hotels
2008-09-03 04:24:14

Sure is obvious but worth emphasizing. vintage Art Deco lamps is great until you reach that point. This is where the rubber meets the road. If you can use vintage Art Deco lamps that’s great. It’s damn hard. I don’t think that will happen. That was a good move on my part. It turns out that there are uncommon patterns that underlie . I have had people say to me that they want vintage Art Deco lamps. We need a fresh approach. Yes AND no. I’ll make sure to revisit . vintage Art Deco lamps can be a numbers game. Why would I blind myself to the truth.

Comment by jfc
2008-09-03 07:14:16

Hi Lissie,

You don’t quite sound like yourself. :)

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