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    Auction Finds

    Any kind of lamp you can (or not) think of

    I seem to have this thing for lamps. As soon as I see one at auction, I head over to it to check it out, especially if it has a unique or interesting form. Sometimes, the ingenuity and strangeness of a lamp grabs me.

    I have written several blog posts over the past few years about the more exciting and unusual ones I’ve come across. The figural lamp with the ethnic face and basket-weave shade (the only one I actually bought). The lamp with orange goldfish swimming around its base that I considered garish (a reader wrote to tell me that he and others collected those lamps). A gaudy lamp that was just plain ugly, and a blue lamp with the same distinction. A lamp in search of itself. A gumball machine lamp.

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    A stained-glass lamp that reminds me of a window.

    I don’t think it’s just me, because the lamps I wrote about came out of other people’s houses . So, most folks have a thing for lamps, too. We don’t just buy lamps to light our houses; we buy them to help decorate them.

    Some folks don’t even bother to buy them. They just make their own, and those, too, find their way to the auction tables. Some of them are among the lamps that I found cool, different and eccentric. I’d like to share them with you.

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    This lamp was so impressive that the auction-house staff gave it its own table and lit it up.

     
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    Figural lamps of two women in different costumes, poses, styles and portrayals.

     
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    Tall flamingo floor lamps.

     
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    Bright clean white lamps, one in the shape of a giant tooth. The center light is a chandelier.

     

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    This pair of metal dragon lamps was rather creepy but strangely appealing.

     

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    The metalwork on the lamp at left makes it interesting. The lamp at right is decorated classically with Roman soldiers. The one in the center looks to be mid-20th century.

     
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    The lamp at left has beautiful ribbed globes. The chandelier on the right has very clean lines.

     
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    Some lamp bases speak for themselves: music, African motif, lucite with a gorgeous linen shade that works perfectly.

     
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    Homemade and handmade lamps: The one at left seems to be made of an array of found objects. The center one is an expired parking meter. The one at right appears to be a motor with a spark plug.

     

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