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Mid-Century Alabaster Shade Pendant Lights
Located in London, GB
A run of four alabaster shades. Holland, c1950s. Good vintage condition, some scuffs and wear commensurate with age. Original shades, new bulb holders. Not sold with ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster

White Opaline Glass Vintage Mid-Century Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass industrial Bauhaus pendant. Weight 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass, Milk Glass

Clear Glass Vintage Mid-Century Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Clear texture glass pendant. Weight: 2.50 kg / 5.5 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulbs, energy-...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-20th Century Italian Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two Italian ceiling lights in yellow and orange plastic. Measures: Diameter 40 cm. Height fixture 22 cm. Total height 70 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Mid Century Modern Milk Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Surrey, BC
Mid Century Modern pendant lights, salvaged from the Blue Bonnet horse racing track in Montreal, Quebec. The lights feature nickel-plated stems and distinct milk glass shades. Re-wir...
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Vintage 1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Style German Pendant Lights, 1970s
Located in Bastogne, BE
Vintage cascade chandelier/ 4-light pendant lamp in Mid-Century Modern style. 1970's Pendant Lighting with 4 glass shades mounted on a stainless steel structure. Shades of glas...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel

White Opaline Glass Vintage Mid Century Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass pendants 2 meter black wire Weight: 1.40 kg / 3.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent li...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Blown Glass 'Mountain' Pendant Lights '4'
Located in London, GB
Italian mid-century pendant lights, brass galleries over unusual glass globes that are shaped almost like mountains. Perfect for a modern interior to a ski chalet in the mountain...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Run Mid 20th Century Opaline Pendant Lights
Located in Malton, GB
These are a great looking mid 20th century opaline light. They are most likely station lights but now make ideal lighting together over a kitchen island or dining table. But even use...
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20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

  • Run Mid 20th Century Opaline Pendant Lights
  • Run Mid 20th Century Opaline Pendant Lights
  • Run Mid 20th Century Opaline Pendant Lights
  • Run Mid 20th Century Opaline Pendant Lights
H 17.72 in. W 8.67 in. D 8.67 in.
Trio of XL Conical Opaline Mid-Century Pendant Lights '3'
Located in London, GB
A set of three large conical opaline pendant lights. France, c1950s. Some natural patination to the metal galleries. No original chain or ceiling roses were retained. But...
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Mid-20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Pair of Mid-Century 1960's Ceramic Swag Pendant Lights
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A pair of Mid-Century ceramic swag pendant lights, circa 1960's, done in deep mustard yellow with an earth tone dark brown sponge and drip accent. The lamps are open on the bottom an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

Trio of Mid Century Influenced Globe Ceiling Pendant Lights
Located in Alton, GB
Trio of mid century Influenced globe ceiling pendant lights.
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20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures, is t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures, is t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Pendants Lights with Structure Glass, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large set European midcentury hanging pendant lights in brass and structure glass globe. The structure glass globe density that create a wonderful light effect. These pendant lights ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Pendants Lights with Structure Glass, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large set European midcentury hanging pendant lights in brass and structure glass globe. The structure glass globe density that create a wonderful light effect. These pendant lights ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Italian Brass and Glass Six Pendant Lights Chandelier
By Stilux
Located in Firenze, IT
Mid Century Italian chandelier with six pendant lights, brass details and cylindrical diffusers in white opal glass. The heights of the diffusers can be varied at will by means of t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Large Mid Century Pendant Lights by Fog & Morup, Circa 1950s
By Fog & Mørup
Located in Gloucester, GB
Large mid century pendant lights by Fog & Morup, Circa 1950s - Aluminium shade and rings - Takes 1x E27 fitting bulb - Comes with 100cm of gold braided cable and ceiling hook -...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Pair of French Mid Century Fluted Golden Amber Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Trensacq, FR
A pair of fluted champagne-coloured glass pendant lights from mid-century France. Two ribbed blown glass shades in subtle golden amber. Stylish and versatile these pendant lights ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane Street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane Street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

1 of 2 Mid Century Amber Opaline Glass Pendant Lights France circa 1970
Located in Trensacq, FR
French Amber opaline ceiling lights from 70s France A rare pair of original pendant Lights in high gloss caramel colour opaline glass with characteristic white interior layer giving...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Pale Amethyst Ribbed Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Nantucket, MA
A beautiful pair of pale amethyst, ribbed glass pendant lights. Brass light fixture, rewired for American use. 4' of brass chain and ceiling canopy included. Mid-Century Modern, Euro...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Parisian Glass Holophane Mid-Century Globe Pendant Lights 'Up to 3 Available'
Located in London, GB
Original mid-century pendant lights. 40 cm model. Paris, France, c1950s. Original Parisian street lights, these lights produced by Europhane are formed from thick good qu...
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Mid-20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Parisian Glass Holophane Mid-Century Globe Pendant Lights, 'Up to 3 Available'
Located in London, GB
Original mid-century pendant lights. 40 cm model. Paris, France, c1950s. Original Parisian street lights, these lights produced by Europhane are formed from thick good qu...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

One of Nine Mid-Century Modern Patinated Copper Pendant Lights, 1960
By Stilnovo, Stilux
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of nine pendants with wonderful warm natural aged patina made of massive copper. Manufactured in Italy in Mid-Century, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The price is per ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

1 of 3 Mid-Century Kalmar Ice Crystal Glass Pendant Lights or Chandeliers
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
One of a set of four vintage midcentury Austrian made textured clear ice glass ceiling pendant lights / lamps or chandeliers by Kalmar, circa 1974. Featuring twelve hanging glass ele...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Set of Three Mid-Century Modern Patinated Copper Pendant Lights, 1960
By Stilnovo, Stilux
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A set of three pendants with wonderful warm natural aged patina made of massive copper. Very likely manufactured in Italy in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). Each ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Mid-Century Modern Copper Pendant Lamps or Hanging Lights, Germany, 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern copper pendant lamps or hanging lights. Manufactured in Germany, circa 1950s. Executed in copper, each lamp comes with 1 x E27 / E26 Edison scr...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Snow Ball Pendant Lights Doria Leuchten
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Snow Ball pendant Lights with bubble texture. Frosted white molded glass snow ball pendants, Doria Leuchten, Germany 1970's. Chrome shafts supporting textu...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Milk Glass

Vintage Pair Original Mid-Century Brass Pendant Lights by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lisse, NL
Wonderful design and great looking Midcentury " Golden Bell" ceiling lamps. If you are a collector of rare and great looking midcentury design antiques then these stylish pendants f...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

One of ... Mid Century Vintage Glass and Metal Pendants Ceiling Lights, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
One of ... gorgeous blown white matte glass, metal and brass pendant light. Italy, 1960s Body: Height 12 in, diameter 5.1 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Pendant Lights in Murano Glass attr to Venini, 1950
By Massimo Vignelli, Aureliano Toso
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful pair of Mid-Century Modern chandeliers in hand blown Murano glass, style of Massimo Vignelli, circa 1960's. Measures: Total height is 79 cm Glass shade is 37 cm high y 19 ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Pair of Mid Century Blood Orange Color Crackle Glass Pendant Lights, Italy
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful pair of vibrant blood orange color pendant lights, Italy, 1960s. Rewiring recommended.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Matte Ceiling Spot Lights or Pendant Lamps, 1950s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern ceiling spot lights or pendant lamps by Alux, 1950s, Germany. Seven identical lamps available! Executed in aluminium (outside matte, inside glossy), e...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Five Mid-Century Modern Italian Pendant Lights with Murano Glass Shade, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern pendant light. Striking Italian design from the 1960s. Bronze and metal pendant with original Murano glass shade. Please note that we have fiv...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze, Metal

Rare Set of 10 Mid-Century Modern Brass Kitchen, Bar / Restaurant Pendant Lights
Located in Lisse, NL
Marvellous, perfect size and shape pendants from the midcentury design era. These very stylish 1970s light fixtures come with all the original brass canopies intact. They are in a g...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

One of a Pair of Limburg Mid-Century 'Iron' Glass & Brass Pendant Lights Lamps
By Limburg, Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
One of a pair of stunning Limburg Glashütte "iron" rings bell pendant lamps, lights or lanterns with polished brass hardware. Minimal, geometric and simply shaped large hanging ceili...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Five Mid-Century Pendant Lights by Limburg, Brass and Amber Smoked Glass, 1970s
By Glashütte Limburg, Peill & Putzler, Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of five brass and hand blown glass pendants by Glashütte Limburg, Germany, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970. The suspension and canopy are made of polished brass. The glas...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Two Verner Panton Style Pendant Lights
By Verner Panton
Located in Norwalk, CT
Two Danish mid-century chrome finish metal pendant lights in the manner of Verner Panton.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Three Mid Century White Satin Glass and Teak Pendant Lights, Finland, 1960's
By Holmegaard
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Mid-Century Modern white satin glass and teak cone shaped pendant lights made in Finland by Holmegaard, circa 1960. Nice large size. Excellent condition. Set of three. All original.
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Teak

Elegant Mid Century Four Color Glass Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful 4 color glass light, the picture speak for it self.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

  • Elegant Mid Century Four Color Glass Lights
  • Elegant Mid Century Four Color Glass Lights
  • Elegant Mid Century Four Color Glass Lights
  • Elegant Mid Century Four Color Glass Lights
H 15 in. W 11.050 in. D 11.050 in.
Green Vintage Industrial Enamel Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Green enamel factory pendant from the Ukraine. White interior. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Glossy Ceiling Spot Lights or Pendant Lamps by Alux, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern glossy ceiling spot lights or pendant lamps by Alux, 1950s, Germany. Three identical lamps available! Executed in glossy aluminium, each lamp comes with...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Brass Chandelier from Hönsel Lights
Located in Bastogne, BE
Stylish chandelier from the famous German light company Hönsel Leuchten - Solid textured Murano glass with ice effect. - The plafond itself was made in Murano, Venezia, Italy. - C...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Two Porcelain Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two porcelain and black metal pendant lights or lanterns. Measures: Diameter 42 cm. Height fixture 53 cm. Total height with the chain 73 cm. One E27 bulb.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Two Porcelain Pendant Lights
  • Two Porcelain Pendant Lights
  • Two Porcelain Pendant Lights
  • Two Porcelain Pendant Lights
H 28.75 in. Dm 16.54 in.
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Pendant Lamp
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian pendant lamp. E27 bulb. 9 items in stock.
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Two Ceramic Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two ceramic pendant lights. Measures: Diameter 35 cm. Height fixture 22 cm. Total height 130 cm. The weight per lamp is 1 kg. Price is per item.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

  • Two Ceramic Pendant Lights
  • Two Ceramic Pendant Lights
  • Two Ceramic Pendant Lights
  • Two Ceramic Pendant Lights
H 8.67 in. Dm 13.78 in.
Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant. Green enamel shade, white inside. Dark grey cast aluminum top. Weight: 2.90 kg / 6.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitab...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Enamel

French White Opaline Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
French opaline glass industrial pendant. 2 meter black wire Weight 0.40 kg / 0.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards fo...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass

French Mid-20th Century Bronze Chandelier with Six Lights
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French bronze chandelier with six lights from the mid-20th century. This vintage chandelier from France features a dark, nicely patinated bronze body. The central gallery is made u...
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Mid-20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Metal Plate Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Metal pendant lights Metal bulb holder with flat metal plate. Size: 200 cm / 80" black cotton wire Weight: 0.50 kg / 1.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been ma...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Iron

White Opaline Glass Round Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
German Opaline glass industrial Bauhaus pendant. Weight 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent l...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass

Metal Plate Vintage Industrial Pendant lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Metal pendant lights Metal bulb holder with flat metal plate. 200 cm / 80" black cotton wire Weight: 0.50 kg / 1.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Iron

Two Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two Ufo glass pendants in green and brown. Diameter 40 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

  • Two Glass Pendant Lights
  • Two Glass Pendant Lights
  • Two Glass Pendant Lights
  • Two Glass Pendant Lights
H 19.69 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Four Italian Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Four pendant lights in enameled metal and opaline. Italy, 1960s-1970s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Four Italian Pendant Lights
  • Four Italian Pendant Lights
  • Four Italian Pendant Lights
  • Four Italian Pendant Lights
H 22.05 in. Dm 14.18 in.
Holophane Glass Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Vintage French Holophane glass lampshades. 2 meter / 80" black cotton wire. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by internati...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Industrial Holophane Pendant Lights
Located in Baltimore, MD
These prismatic 10" industrial Holophone shades complete with original hanging hardware, including cast aluminium ventilated collar, RMC stem and ball-swivel canopy. The shades are s...
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Mid-20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

White Opaline Glass Bauhaus Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass pendant. 2 meter black wire Weight: 4.40 kg / 9.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent li...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass

Large Staff Pendant Lights
By Staff Leuchten
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning pendant lights by Staff Leuchten, Germany, brushed brass colored aluminum and heavy molded glass, etched on the inside, with custom solid brass canopy for individual pendant...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

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8 Pendant Mid Century Lights For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of 8 pendant mid century lights is available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, glass and brass, all 8 pendant mid century lights available were constructed with great care. We have 2092 antique and vintage 8 pendant mid century lights in-stock, while there are 56 modern editions to choose from as well. 8 pendant mid century lights have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. 8 pendant mid century lights made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Industrial — are very popular at 1stDibs. 8 pendant mid century lights have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Glashütte Limburg, 360volt and J.T. Kalmar are consistently popular.

How Much are 8 Pendant Mid Century Lights?

Prices for 8 pendant mid century lights can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, 8 pendant mid century lights begin at $74 and can go as high as $90,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,489.

Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.