Poul Henningsen Lamps



2015-06-26 10:44:51

Poul Henningsen Lamps are lamps created by the notable Danish designer Poul Henningsen.

Brief history and description

Poul Henningsen is a world-renowned Danish author, architect and designer, and was also the son of the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen.

Although Henningsen initially started his career in architectural design, he became most known for his lighting and lamp designs, which were incredibly popular thanks to Henningsen experimenting with the relations between light structures, glare, shadows and colour reproductions.

Some of Henningsen's most popular designs include his PH, PH Artichoke and PH-5 lamps (circa 1958), as well as his bedside table lamps (circa 1936)

Guide for collectors

Poul Henningsen piano lamps are considered to be rare, while Poul Henningsen wall lights are considered to be the most valuable, (especially if they are larger in size).

Restoration of a Poul Henningsen lamp is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Poul Henningsen lamp may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Poul Henningsen lamps, visit Scandinavian Design.


Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a Poul Henningsen "The House of the Future' ceiling light featuring blue, green and red flourescent painted metal for £160,000 in November of 2011, and a pair of painted tubular metal standing lamps for £35,000 in November of 2011.

Wright Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Poul Henningsen PH 5/3 enameled copper lamp for $7,500 in May of 2010, and a Poul Henningsen PH 5/5 copper and bronze lamp for $10,000 in December of 2009.

Freeman's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a red Poul Henningsen copper and steel artichoke lamp for $3,000 in November of 2004, and Skinner in Massachusetts sold an off-white enameled and anodized aluminum Poul Henningsen artichoke lamp for $3,500 in June of 2011.

Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a blue Poul Henningsen PH-5 hanging lamp for $375 in December of 2011, and a white Poul Henningsen PH-5 hanging lamp for $475 in March of 2006.

Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sold a red Poul Henningsen PH 4/3 pendant light lamp for $100 in October of 2006.

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