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Hans-Agne Jakobsson Pair of Mid-century Pendant Hanging Lamps round glass brass
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919-2009) Pair of pendant lights model "348/IP Pastoral." Manufactured by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB. Markaryd, Sweden, 1959. Brass and blown glass. Mid-century La...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Brass Mid-Century Modern Chandelier With 3 Blown Glass Globes
Located in Houston, TX
Brass modern chandelier, circa 1950-1970, newly wired for use within the USA. Three lights (accommodate medium-base or Edison bulbs) with original hand blown glass globes. Globes are...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Monumental Mid Century Italian Brass and Blown Glass Chandelier, Mazzega
By AVMazzega
Located in Miami, FL
Very large and spectacular murano blown amber glass and brass chandelier. The quality of the blown glass is sublime. Rewired for the USA.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Wonderful Large Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Clear Blown Glass Chandelier
By Barovier Seguso & Ferro
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Large Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano clear blown glass two tier chandelier decorated with leaves and flowers draping from the top tier and accented with bells dropping...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Italian, Murano, Blown & Cast Glass & Brass 2-Light Chandelier, mid 20th century
Located in Atlanta, GA
suspended from its original glass canopy and brass rod this fixture features two large glass bobeches within and under elliptically shaped arms, all fittings are in brass, internally...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Rare Mid-Century Chandelier with Blown Glass Spirals and Balls
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare circa mid-20th century Mid-Century Modern style metal and glass chandelier with blown translucent glass spirals and blown translucent ball shaped prisms adorned throughout the p...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mazzega Mid-Century Modern Blown Murano Glass Italian Chandelier, 1960s
By AVMazzega, Mazzega
Located in Puglia, Puglia
This Murano glass chandelier was produced by Mazzega in blown glass, the structure is in brass. This pendant looks like a Space Age style flying saucer The historic glassworks Mazze...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Italian Mid-Century Modern Blown Murano Glass & Brass Grape Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Large Italian Mid-Century Modern blown Murano glass balls in grape shape chandelier. The different glass balls are mounted onto a wire basket and is hanging on 4 brass chains. Take...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Wire

Mid-Century Italian Venetian Chandelier in Blown Murano Glass with Gold Flakes
Located in Casteren, NL
A beautiful Venetian five-arm chandelier made on the isle of Murano in Venice Italy. The chandelier was completely made in clear glass and some parts, 24-carat gold flakes were encap...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Pair of Swedish mid-century Brass blown glass Chandeliers
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919-2009). Pair of ceiling lamp, model “T348/6 Pastoral.” Manufactured by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB. Markaryd, Sweden, 1959. Brass and blown glass. Ceiling Lamp P...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Mouth Blown Glass and Brass Chandelier 1970s
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare, wonderful and great design chandelier. With 20th century lighting as one of our specialities, we could not have been more happy to find this chandelier. We may not know who de...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Black Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano Blown Glass Six-Arm Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Black Murano glass Mid-Century Modern style six arm chandelier from Italy. This can be seen at our 2420 Broadway location on the upper west side in Manhattan.
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Murano Blown Glass Chandelier
By AVMazzega
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian Murano glass ball chandelier. Diameter: 40cm.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Murano Blown Glass Chandelier
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H 33.47 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brass & Hand Blown Translucent/ Topaz Murano Glass Chandelier
By Mazzega
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized in Italy, circa 1970 by the esteemed atelier of Mazzega. The fixture offers eight cylindrical brass rods of staggered le...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Lorin Marsh Murano Gold Blown Art Glass Chandelier
By Lorin Marsh, Barovier Seguso & Ferro
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful large Mid-Century Modern gold flake, hand blown art glass murano chandelier having 10 candelabra lights completely rewired with new sockets and comes ready to install wit...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Grand Mid-Century Modern Chandelier with Hand Blown Opaline Glass Globes, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modern extreme large chandelier with hand blown opaline glass globes. The fixture is made of metal with a chrome- patina. Therefore an interesting color is visible on the...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Black Blown Glass Murano Chandelier
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage black glass Murano chandelier decorated in clear and gold glass embellishments. Six candelabra-size lights wired for use within the USA, circa 1970-1990. Retains original gil...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Blown Glass "Viola" Murano Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Sumptuous handblown Murano glass chandelier in light purple with eight branches, the perfect combination of Classic craftsmanship and modernity. The height including the chain and s...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Two Italian Mid-Century Style Clear Blown Murano / Venetian Glass Chandeliers
Located in New York, NY
Pair of elegant, sober, modern hand blown Venetian glass chandeliers with ten arms. This design is from the Mid-Century and the chandeliers are artisan made and handblown in Murano j...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Organic Blown Ribbon Glass Pendant Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful organic form handblown ribbon glass hanging pendant chandelier with brass ceiling cap and chain.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern glass chandelier having a myraid of bolbous form hanging flutes. Made in Italy circa 1950s. This is part of our extensive collection which just arrived from Chic...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vettri Murano Glass Pendant Light Hand-Blown w/ Nickel Fitter
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern pendant light with Italian made Vetrri Murano glass shade with a nickel-plated pole fitter. This light has an elegant style with a fan shaped hand-blown glass sha...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Nickel

Mid-Century Blown Glass Pendant, 1970s, Five Items Available
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Praha, CZ
Smoked bubble glass shade by Kamenicky Senov Steel rod and metal canopy with brown lacquer Five items available 100W, E25-E27 bulb Rewired - US wiring compatible.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Murano Blown Amber Glass Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Murano blown amber glass chandelier, Italy.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Murano Blown Amber Glass Chandelier
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  • Murano Blown Amber Glass Chandelier
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H 14.97 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Large Murano Blown-Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A large 36 inch diameter Murano glass and polished nickel Italian chandelier. Eight-light sources. Available at no extra cost in polished brass which makes it appear as a giant sun.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Modernist Hand Blown Murano Chrome & Camer Triedre Crystal Starburst Chandelier
By Camer Glass
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern chandelier is hand blown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. It feature...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Twelve-Light Brass Chandelier w/ Hand-Blown Opalescent Shades
Located in New York, NY
This Mid-Century Modern twelve-light brass chandelier has arms with sleek lines and features hand-blown opalescent shades. This West German made chandelier has polished brass and is ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

XXL Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier with Hand Blown Opaline Glass Globes, 1970s
By Alessandro Sciolari
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modernist extreme large chandelier with hand blown opaline glass globes. A warm and diffuse light will create a stunning light partition. This chandelier will contribute ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Blown Glass and Blackened Steel Star Chandelier, circa 1950s
Located in New York, NY
AHL4139 A six light vintage chandelier with clear glass shades arrayed at the points of a blackened metal star body. Suspended from polished nickel fittings. Circa 1950s. Due to the...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Nickel

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

Chandelier Blown Glass, Italy 20th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Blown glass chandelier with 12 plus 6 lights.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

  • Chandelier Blown Glass, Italy 20th Century
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H 37.41 in. W 49.81 in. D 39.97 in.
Italian Murano 1960s Blown Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A hand blown Murano Italian 1960s glass globe, with clear glass and decorated with speckled aubergine, brown and gold glass in an asymmetric pattern; suspended from the original bras...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Hand-Blown Murano Champagne Glass Chandelier
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage hand-blown Italian Murano amber/ champagne glass chandelier with five arms. This vintage one-of-a-kind hand blown glass fixture fits well within many styles of interiors. New...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Venini Style Murano Glass Chandelier
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Paolo Venini, Venini, Toni Zuccheri, Barovier&Toso
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Italian mid-century murano glass chandelier inspired by Venini. This vintage murano chandelier is comprised of unusual oval shaped textured blown glass tubes suspended from a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Feders Amber Hand Blown Glass Chandelier
By Felipe Delfinger
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1970. We offer this Amber hand blown glass chandelier designed by Felipe Delfinger, Feders, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Blown Milk Glass and Chrome Midcentury Light Fixture
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Midcentury Italian modern flower shape blown milk glass with cobalt trim and chrome pistils light fixture chandelier.  
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Blown Glass Pendant/Suspension Fixture Glashütte Limburg
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Verviers, BE
Glashütte Limburg Mid-Century Modern blown glass pendant/suspension fixture. Size shade: Height 30 cm 11.81 inch, diameter 30 cm 11.81 inch On an adjustable cable. As service: ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Acrylic

Feders Amber Hand Blown Glass Chandelier
By Felipe Delfinger
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Feders Amber hand blown glass chandelier designed by Felipe Delfinger, Feders, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Using recycled glass, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Venini Attributed Murano Glass Chandelier
By Mazzega, Barovier&Toso, Barovier, Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Mid-Century Modern Venini attributed Murano glass chandelier. This unusual Murano glass chandelier, lantern or pendant has been newly wired with new sockets for U.S application. H...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1970's Mid-Century Modern Hand Blown "Flame" Chandelier by Mazzega
By Mazzega
Located in New York City, NY
1970's Mid-Century Modern clear hand-blown glass "Flame" chandelier by Mazzega. the glass fits into a spiral brass base there is 18 pieces of glass, the chandelier has been gently po...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Italian Hand Blown Glass Chandelier with Glass Panes, c. 1960
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury Italian hand-blown glass chandelier with rectangular ridged glass panes, circa 1960. Chain is 9" from canopy.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mediterranean Wrought Iron Caged Blown Amber Glass Chandelier, Murano Art Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mediterranean wrought iron caged blown amber glass chandelier, murano art glass. Exceptional caged glass chandelier. Gorgeous wrought iron work. Rare Empire “inverted bell’ form. 1 b...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Italian Mid-Century Blown Glass Pendant Lamp Attributed to Stilnovo, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp attributed to Stilnovo fashion house, from 1950. This pendant lamp is made from blown and serigraph glass with a shiny aluminium structure. Th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Italian Modern Hand Blown Glass Chandelier, Mazzega, 1960s
By Mazzega
Located in Hollywood, FL
Italian modern hand blown glass chandelier, Mazzega, 1960s., rare iridescent glass that interlocks upon itself to create modified Greek key motifs.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Hand Blown Modern Murano Chandelier, Murano Glass, 1970
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Rijssen, NL
A Mid-Century Modern pendant light, circa 1970, consisting of three very heavy ´petals´ in clear and milk blown glass and brass hardware, this model is often attributed to Carlo Naso...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century 'Onion' Shape Blown Glass Pendant Light Fixture, 1960's
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Modern style garlic or onion shaped, swag, pendant light fixture with blown white glass shade encased in a steel frame. Newly re-wired, re-furbished and ready to install...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Murano Hand Blown Chartreuse Green Glass Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Murano hand blown studio glass chandelier. All different shaped chartreuse green discs with white details, rigadin technique Brass plated structure with 24 exposed brass regular soc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

Italian Brass Copper Blown Glass Chandelier
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Rewired for the US. Some oxidation to the metal.
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Mid-20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

Large Mid-Century Modern Egg Shaped Italian Hand Blown Glass Pendant Light
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern style hand blown egg shaped glass pendant light. Chain and canopy done in an antique brass finish. Other finishes available such as brushed steel, nickel. ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Hand Blown Cased Red Teardrop Glass Pendant Light Fixture
By Fog and Morup
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This handcrafted cased glass pendant light fixture is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Italy or Scandinavia in circa 1965 in the Midcentury Fog and Morup style. The shade ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Manto Mid-Century Modern Style Pendant Blown Glass and Fabric, Adjustable Small
By Axolight
Located in Danbury, CT
Manto 70 (small) – designed by Davide Besozzi – is a collection of suspension lamps, available in three sizes. An opaline white blown glass sphere contains a LED light source and is...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Fabric, Blown Glass

Manto Mid-Century Modern Style Pendant Blown Glass and Fabric, Adjustable Med
By Axolight
Located in Danbury, CT
Manto – designed by Davide Besozzi – is a collection of suspension lamps, available in three sizes. An opaline white blown glass sphere contains a LED light source and is supported ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Fabric, Blown Glass

Italian Modern Hand Blown Glass Ice Cube Chandelier, Mazzega
By AVMazzega
Located in Hollywood, FL
The chrome from with beaded drops of various lengths, with square blown glass cube forms attached.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large Mid-Century Italian Hand Blown Ten-Light Chandelier, Fonderal
Located in New York City, NY
Important and impressive Italian handblown chandelier of grand scale stamped Fonderal Modele depose comprising ten arms in tubular metal with shaped plastic inset arms supporting ten...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Two Mid-Century Venini Blown Murano Glass Pendants, Italy, 1960s
By Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A pair of large hand blown Murano glass brass mounted pendants by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana for Venini, Pendant Series -Tessuto-, Italy, 1960s Each pendant takes one E27 large size...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Colorful Mouth Blown Art Glass Murano Pendant Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Large Italian art glass pendant. There is something fresh and stylish about the midcentury modern era. It is that style and freshness that attracts people from all over the world to...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

1960s Austria Kalmar 'Tulipan' Chandelier Pendant Light Blown Glass
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Stunning large 'Tulipan' flush mount chandelier designed by J.T. Kalmar. The lamp is made of seventy white onion shaped blown glass balls hanging down on chains attached to a white m...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Doria Five-Tiers Blown Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1960
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Rijssen, NL
A gorgeous hand blown ice glass chandelier from the manufactory Doria, with several ice glass tubes in different lengths, a brass-plated frame, top design from the 1960s. The ice gla...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Kaiser Leuchten Chandelier with Mazzega Glass
By Mazzega, Carlo Nason, Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Mid-Century Modern pendant light by Kaiser Leuchten, circa 1970. This is the largest size and consists of three very heavy 'petals' in clear and ´Pulegoso´ blown glass and brass har...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Kaiser Leuchten Chandelier with Mazzega Glass
By Carlo Nason, Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Mid-Century Modern pendant lights by Kaiser Leuchten, circa 1970, consisting of three very heavy ´petals´ in clear and ´Pulegoso´ blown glass and brass hardware, this model is often...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Blown Glass Midcentury Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal blown glass midcentury chandelier for your home. A blown glass midcentury chandelier — often made from glass, blown glass and metal — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect blown glass midcentury chandelier — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A blown glass midcentury chandelier is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Scandinavian Modern styles are sought with frequency. Barovier&Toso, Bent Karlby and Glashütte Limburg each produced at least one beautiful blown glass midcentury chandelier that is worth considering.

How Much is a Blown Glass Midcentury Chandelier?

Prices for a blown glass midcentury chandelier start at $300 and top out at $28,685 with the average selling for $3,197.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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.