Like a vase, a vintage table lamp often qualifies as a mini piece of art. Consider the colorful, textural lava-glaze lamps of the 1960s or the curvaceous brass spindle lamps created by lighting illuminist Stiffel. And that’s to say nothing of ultra-modern lamp designers like Stilnovo and George Kovacs. A pro tip: be sure to tot along your used lamp when it’s time to shade shop. Even for experts a try-on sesh is imperative to getting shape, size, and scale right.