Vintage Eames Lamps

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Vintage Eames Lamps are original lamps designed by the celebrated designers Charles and Ray Eames.

Brief history and description

Charles Eames (born 1907; died 1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Eames (born 1912; died 1988) were two American designers best known for designing the popular "Eames" lamps as well as various other types of furniture.

Eames lamps typically feature long, narrow and/or wavy stands that were made of metal, chrome or teak. Other popular Eames lamps include goose neck lamps as well as lamps that feature numerous different bulbs that are pointed in various directions.

Because Eames lamps were becoming increasingly popular during the 1950s, many other furniture designers started to design lamps similar to those of the original Eames lamps as well, and are often referred to as "Eames-era" lamps.

Notable auction sales

Eames lamps

Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold an Eames floor lamp (41" in height) along with an Eames soft-pad armchair and a Thonet lounge chair for $550 in June of 2010.

Eames-era table lamps

Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold:

  • An Eames-era moderne lucite lamp (25" in height) with rectangular shaped plates and a silk shade (not original) for $275 in January of 2006.
  • An Eames-era lucite table lamp (31" in height) with square lucite plates for $200 in January of 2006.
  • An Eames-era Royal Haeger pottery combination lamp (22" in height) with a removable ashtray and its original shade for $325 in January of 2004.

Mod Livin' in Denver, Colorado sold:

  • An Eames-era retro fish motif table lamp with a brass metal base for $200 in August of 2008.
  • An Eames-era sculptural table lamp made of fiberglass and metal and set in a beige ceramic and with a metal leg planter (31" in height) for $500 in August of 2008.
  • An Eames-era table lamp with a double sided tribal motif and a "colorful atmoic flair" (35" in height) for $200 in August of 2008.
  • An Eames-era table lamp (attributed to Stilnovo of Italy; 25" in height) with a fully adjustable head and black metal and brass details for $125 in August of 2008.

Eames-era floor lamps

Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold an Eames-era chrome and teak floor lamp (60" in height) with a high quality, chrome metal, four-footed base and a chrome-curved stem with a matching socket and fennel for $1,200 in January of 2006.

William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, New York sold an Eames-era brass periscope-style floor lamp (55" in height) for $150 in October of 2009.

Mod Livin' in Denver, Colorado sold an Eames-era rattan and wooden three-prong floor lamp with a burlap shade (60.25" in height) for $125 in August of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Original Eames amps that were designed by either Charles or Ray Eames are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors, especially if the lamps still feature their original shades.

Restoration of an Eames lamp (or an Eames-era lamp) is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an Eames lamp may reduce its value).

For more information regarding antique Eames lamps, visit Eames Gallery.

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