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Murano Glass "Bird" Chandelier
By Juanluca Fontana
Located in Bois-Colombes, FR
Murano glass birds chandelier Hand made chandelier could be designed on order with different kind of shape, dimensions or glass colour. Brass can have different finish or painted.
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2010s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 55.12 in. Dm 35.44 in.
Birds Chandelier
By Il Paralume Marina
Located in Milan, IT
Inspired by the world of nature and reinterpreted using rigorous geometries, this chandelier is a homage to the stylish and bold Art Deco home decor. Sophisticated and timeless, this...
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2010s Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

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H 25.6 in. Dm 50.4 in.
Oval Gilt Metal and Glass Bird Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A French eight-arm oval gilt metal chandelier with molded glass leaves and bird on body, circa 1940. Measurements: Length 44" Width 30" Minimum drop 36".
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Vintage 1940s French Chandeliers and Pendants

Contemporary Poetic White Plaster Bird Chandelier, Jacques Darbaud
Located in Brecht, BE
French artist Jacques Darbaud, metal plaster and porcelain chandelier, France, 21st century, Plaster birds perch around a metal and plaster frame, perforated porcelain cups hold the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Paradise birds Chandelier, Black and Gold Patinated Metal
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Chandelier in the shape of Paradise birds flowers.     
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2010s French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Bauges French Mid-Century Metal and Murano Glass Bird Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
French mid-century (1940s) red and white painted metal 10 arm chandelier with Murano glass bird in center with canopy. (Attributed to BAGUES).  
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

French Louis XVI Style Bronze Dore Cupid and Bird Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XVI-style (19th Century) bronze dore 12 light bow and arrow chandelier with cupid and bird design and torch top.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry Aquamarine Chandelier 18 Karat Gold Earrings
By Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spectacular Aquamarine ‘Ocean Flower’ Chandelier Earrings. 14.25 carats of glamorous and dramatic Brazilian Aquamarine pear-shaped gems form a layered flower shape with an aquamarine...
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2010s American Contemporary Chandelier Earrings

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Aquamarine, White Gold

Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry Moonstone Double Flower 22 Karat Gold Earrings
By Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mesmerizing with its' 'glow-from-within' shade of blue, these glamorous 22k drop earrings make a statement with their double flower designs and dreamy color. With 7.43 carats of face...
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2010s American Contemporary Chandelier Earrings

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Moonstone, Rainbow Moonstone, 22k Gold, Gold

Ico & the Bird Pink Tourmaline, Tanzanite, Diamond, Pearl 18k Gold Earrings
By Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of asymmetrical cluster earrings featuring Pink tourmaline, Tanzanite, Diamonds, Sapphires and Pearls and set in 18k gold. One earring features a 3.08 carat Pink tourmaline ...
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2010s American Contemporary Chandelier Earrings

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Diamond, Pearl, Tanzanite, Tourmaline, 18k Gold

Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry 32 carat Amethyst 22 Karat Gold Earrings
By Ico & the Bird Fine Jewelry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set with 32.46 carats of radiant Brazilian Amethyst, these exquisite earrings are made with glowing, marquise, round and pear-shaped gemstones. Set in 22k matte gold. Amethyst ser...
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2010s American Contemporary Chandelier Earrings

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Amethyst, 22k Gold

Italian Hollywood Regency Florentine Bird Cage Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Italian Hollywood Regency Florentine bird cage chandelier made in Italy during the 1950s. The piece comes with graduated crystals and six lights. Restored with new light sleeves and ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

French Art Deco Chandelier with Bird Motif
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Very beautiful French Art Deco chandelier in yellow glass with three birds flying. Highly detailed and very elegant. Re-plating upon request.
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

Art Deco Lalique Style Birds and Koi Chandelier
By Lalique
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Art Deco 1930s Lalique style chandelier frosted glass and bronze flying birds or mallards and Koi fish motif from a Palm Beach estate.
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Charles Schneider Art Glass Bird wrought Iron Chandelier
By Charles Schneider
Located in Fairfax, VA
Wrought iron birds in flying motion with art glass shades suspended with three long gated bird design Art Deco chandelier.  
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Empire Wall Chandeliers Wood with Birds
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Pair of Louis Seize wall applikes in solid wood with naturalistic formed golden birds. The arms are formed to naturalistic leaves and blossoms in golden metal for candles. Original c...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wood

  • Pair of Empire Wall Chandeliers Wood with Birds
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H 21.66 in. W 12.6 in. D 5.52 in.
Vintage Chrome Bird Cage Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari
By Sciolari Lighting, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Stunning chrome ball chandelier in excellent original condition, clean working and ready to install. This fixture is often referred to as the Birdcage Chandelier, designed by Gaetano...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Black Bird’s Nest Small Pendant Chandelier by Ay Illuminate
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The inverted-cup shape of the Black Bird’s Nest small pendant has a shade woven from repurposed bamboo strips. It is the creation of Ay Illuminate, a company that has garnered quite ...
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2010s Dutch Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Italian Regency Style Florentine Bird Cage Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century Italian Hollywood Regency style Florentine bird cage chandelier. Made in Italy in the 1950's. The chandelier comes with graduated crystal throughout.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

Black Bird’s Nest Medium Pendant Chandelier by Ay Illuminate
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The inverted-cup shape of the Black Bird’s Nest Medium pendant has a shade woven from repurposed bamboo strips. It is the creation of Ay Illuminate, a company that has garnered quite...
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2010s Dutch Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bamboo

Wonderful French Gilt Baguès Rock Crystal Bird Cage Flower Bouquet Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French gold gilt and alternating rock crystal bird cage form, center flower bouquet chandelier in the manner of Baguès.
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20th Century French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Rock Crystal, Iron

French Bronze Ten-Light Rock Crystal Bird Cage Bagues Patina Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French bronze ten-light rock crystal bird cage in the manner bagues with patina this chandelier is centered by a beautiful crystal finial spires. Measures: 41" H x 23...
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Vintage 1930s French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Rock Crystal, Bronze

Wonderful Beaded Italian Giltwood Pink Tear Drop Bird Cage Chandelier Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful beaded Italian giltwood cups and adorned with pink tear drop in a bird cage form chandelier with six candelabra lights, this fixture was purchased from the previous estate ...
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20th Century Italian Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wood, Beads

Wonderful Large French Bronze & Crystal Louis XV Bird Cage Spike Chandelier
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful large French bronze & crystal Louis XV bird cage with 3 spikes alternating the 6 candelabra lights and a large centerpiece spike in the middle of the chandelier.
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20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

9 Bloom Cross Bar Plaster Chandelier with a Bird and Leaves
By Tracey Garet
Located in Carpinteria, CA
9 Bloom Cross Bar Plaster Chandelier with Birds and Leaves by Tracey Garet of Apsara Interiors. This chandelier has 9 blooms of various heights and is shown in white plaster. A sing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Enamel, Steel

French Art Deco Birds in Flight Chandelier Signed by Sabino
By Marius-Ernest Sabino
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Rare French Art Deco chandelier signed by famous artist Sabino. Having eight outer glass panels with birds in flight motif. The glass birds are flying above a geometric background th...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Wonderful French Beaded Swag Rock Crystal Maison Baguès Bird Cage Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French macaroni beaded and rock crystal drop, chandelier in the manner of Maison Baguès with a bird cage frame with six lights, completely rewired and comes ready to inst...
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20th Century French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rock Crystal

Magnificent Maison Baguès French Rock Crystal Gold Gilt Bird Cage Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Magnificent Maison Baguès style French rock crystal gold gilt bird cage form 8 candelabra light chandelier with rock crystal center piece spike and two rock crystal balls. Rewired...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Rock Crystal

Charming French Patinated Bronze Crystal Five-Light Chandelier Bird Cage Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Charming French Bronze and crystal Five-light chandelier with clear cut crystals and center crystal finial. Measures: 24" H x 16" W.
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Vintage 1930s French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

9 Bloom Cross Bar Plaster Chandelier with a Bird and Leaves
By Tracey Garet
Located in Carpinteria, CA
9 bloom cross bar plaster chandelier with birds and leaves by Tracey Garet of Apsara Interiors. This chandelier has 9 blooms of various heights and is shown in white plaster. A sing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Enamel, Steel

Wonderful French Rock Crystal Gold Gilt 8 Light Bird Cage Baguès Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful rock crystal and gold gilt Baguès / Louis XVI style 8 candelabra light, bird cage form chandelier, completely rewired with new sockets.
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20th Century French Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Rock Crystal

Wonderful French Maison Baguès Large Bird Cage Form Bronze 6 Light Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful French Maison Baguès style large bird cage form bronze chandelier having 6 candelabra lights.
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20th Century French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rock Crystal, Bronze

Large Painted Wooden Chandelier Decorates a Tree Adorned with Foliage and Birds
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Original large painted wooden chandelier decorates a tree adorned with foliage and birds. Illuminated by 10 lamps.
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Vintage 1950s European Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wood

Elegant French Bronze Ten-Light Rock Crystal Bird Cage Baguès Patina Chandelier
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French bronze ten-light rock crystal bird cage in the manner Baguès with patina this chandelier is centered by a beautiful crystal finial spires. Measures: 41" H x 23" W.
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Vintage 1930s French Belle Époque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Rock Crystal, Bronze

Marvelous Bronze Art Deco Chandelier with René Lalique St. Glass Bird Sculptures
Located in Lisse, NL
Very stylish and rare Art Deco pendant light with a beautiful patina. When we first saw this rare, sizeable and highly decorative Art Deco pendant we immediately knew it had to beco...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze, Copper

Unusual Wrought Iron Chandelier with Bird and Serpents, France, circa 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
An unusual, neo-Gothic style, eight-arm chandelier, representing a bird with wings deployed, with a snake coming out of its body, and eating another snake. The serpent's tail twists ...
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Early 20th Century French Gothic Revival Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Large Gothic / Rococo Bronze Six-Arm 12-Light Chandelier with Mythical Bird
Located in Toledo, OH
A stunning large-scale bronze with a gold doré finish chandelier. It features six arms with a total of 12 lights. Each scroll arm has a mythical winged bird and grape detail. It has ...
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Antique 19th Century Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

French Art Deco Chandelier with Opaline Glasses in Bird Shape, 1930s
By Ezan
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Magnificent French five-arm chandelier made of copper with stunning opalescent glasses. Produced from Ezan in the 1930s, France. The chandelier has opalescent flying bird figurines a...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Twelve Light Bird Cage Style Electrified Chandelier
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is an exceptional Louis XV style gilt metal chandelier of bird cage form with twelve electrified candles. The chandelier is draped overall with prism drops in varied shapes and ...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

French Art Deco Chandelier with Geometric Flying Bird Motif by P. Maynadier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning French Art Deco geometric chandelier by P. Maynadier. Having six molded clear frosted glass geometric flying bird panels. The polished nickel frame having geometric deco det...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

Louis XV Style Bronze Bird Cage Chandelier with Crystal Pears Apples Grapes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Louis XV style crystal bird cage chandelier. Twelve-light chandelier with pear, grape and apple prisms.
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20th Century Italian Louis XV Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wrought Iron

Unique Arts and Crafts Carved Wood Five Light Chandelier with Swallow Birds
Located in Lisse, NL
This impressive large and hand carved chandelier is a true work of art. It displays the finest quality carving and the skills of its maker. It really is incredible how this master ...
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Early 20th Century French Arts and Crafts Chandeliers and Pendants

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Hardwood

1970s MCM Brass Bird Cage Chandelier by Sciolari with Nickel Accents
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Dallas, TX
This stunning chandelier is composed of nickel and brass accents. Six light with one down light by Sciolari. Dimensions: 22"diameter x 13"t with a 13" rod.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Bird Flying on the Nest Earrings
Located in Eboli, SA
18kt white gold bird necklace, with 0.52 ct of diamonds. This masterpiece features a bird ready to fly on his nest, this asymmetric earrings feature a long earring and studs, all in ...
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2010s Italian Chandelier Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Sarreid Lantern with Birds
Located in Dallas, TX
Have yourself a wonderful morning as you sit with your coffee underneath this delightful pendant/lantern decorated with gold leaf parrots.
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Vintage 1970s Chandeliers and Pendants

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H 36 in. W 23 in. D 23 in.
Decorative Bird Cage Pendant Lamp
By Stillux
Located in Milan, IT
Romantically inspired by the design of a birdcage, this superb pendant lamp showcases a sleek metal Silhouette with a rust finish complemented by the square tiles in glass and grit t...
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2010s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Decorative Bird Cage Pendant Lamp
H 26.38 in. Dm 16.93 in.
Sybarite Bird Earrings in White Gold with White Diamonds, Rubies & Sapphires
By Sybarite Jewellery
Located in London, GB
A playful interpretation of the tranquil and elegant bullfinch, these Winter Birds earrings are a symposium of wintery tones set against icy 18k white gold. A delicate drop style, vi...
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2010s Italian Art Deco Chandelier Earrings

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Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, White Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Bird of Prey Pendant by Atelier Haute Cuisine
Located in Geneve, CH
Bird of prey pendant by Atelier Haute Cuisine. Dimensions: 135 x 25.5 x 18 cm Materials: Bronze A pendant light formed out of a bronze plate that suggests the simplified shape o...
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2010s Belgian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

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H 7.09 in. W 53.15 in. D 10.04 in.
CHANEL CC 24K Gold Metal Plate Bird Cage Dangle Drop Evening Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1990's Collection Metal 24K Gold Tone Clip On Width 1.5" Drop 2.75" Includes Box 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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Late 20th Century Chandelier Earrings

Sylva & Cie 11.10cts Diamond Tagua 18K Gold Swallow Bird Earrings
By Sylva & Cie
Located in Miami, FL
These captivating Circa 2017 Sylva & Cie Handmade Earrings, are a statement piece from an artist that paints with gems, Crafted in a combination of 18K yellow gold & black Enamel, w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Modern Chandelier Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Arts & Crafts Alabaster & Brass Swallow Birds Pendant / Light Fixture
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning mineral stone pendant with wonderful colors in a unique brass frame. The designer and artist who created this Arts & Crafts work of lighting art must have been inspired b...
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Early 20th Century European Arts and Crafts Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster, Wire, Brass

Bird of Prey, Pendant Light by Atelier Haute Cuisine
Located in Geneve, CH
Bird of Prey - Pendant light by Atelier Haute Cuisine Dimensions: 135 x 25,5 x 18 cm Materials: Bronze All our lamps can be wired according to each country. If sold to the USA i...
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2010s Belgian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Muller Freres French Art Deco Bird Ceiling-Light, circa 1925
By Muller Frères
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Deco ceiling-light by Muller Frères (Luneville), France, ca.1925. Thick and large frosted glass shade with its wrought-iron ivy fixture. 6 paradise birds in the sky. Sligh...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau Candle Lanterns by Baccarat France, Depicting Birds "Ornithological"
By Baccarat
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Two Green, late 19th or early 20th century glass Lanterns by Baccarat France, both signed in the bottom with Baccarat and Depose marks. They are in clear art nouveau / orientalist t...
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Muller Freres French Art Deco Bird Ceiling-Light, ca.1925
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Deco ceiling-light by Muller Freres (Luneville), France, ca.1925. Thick and large frosted glass shade with its gorgeous silver plated fixture. 6 paradise birds in the sky....
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Vintage 1920s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Florentine Bird Cage LED Hanging Pendant Lights - UL Contemporary Concealed
By Felicia Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
ONE FLORENTINE "A" "B" or "C" PENDANT LAMP - Black, Grey or Pastel Turquoise Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contempora...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

'Bird in Flight' Sculptural Pendant, Brass and White Resin by Margit Wittig
By Margit Wittig
Located in London, GB
This Margit Wittig pendant (ceiling) light which features a white-resin pearl sitting below a hand-sculpted resin bird -in-flight cast in her London studio. The detail elements are h...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Three UL Contemporary Concealed LED Black Steel Bird Cage Hanging Pendant Lights
By Felicia Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
THREE FLORENTINE "C" PENDANT LAMPS - Black Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, whether h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Frederic Weinberg Bird Cage Shaped Planter Hanging Fixture with Onion Dome Top
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in Chicago, IL
This bird cage shaped hanging fixture was originally designed by Frederic Weinberg as a planter. A slight variation of this design was also available as an actual bird cage, but I ca...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rare Bird Cage Shaped Pendant Attributed to Stilnovo, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Brass, perforated cardboard Italian pendant. European socket and wiring. Lower ring diameter is 17cm. 25cm diameter at widest point. Two minor dents on cardboard. This item wil...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Steel

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Bird Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal bird chandelier for your home. A bird chandelier — often made from metal, glass and bronze — can elevate any home. There are 102 variations of the antique or vintage bird chandelier you’re looking for, while we also have 13 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer bird chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A bird chandelier made by Art Deco designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. A well-made bird chandelier has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Muller Frères, Margit Wittig and Baccarat are consistently popular.

How Much is a Bird Chandelier?

A bird chandelier can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,490, while the lowest priced sells for $290 and the highest can go for as much as $35,000.

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.

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