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Rare Nine Shade Brass and Glass Chandelier by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare chandelier with nine rectangular brushed satin glass shades and brass plated nickel. Manufactured by Stilnovo in Milan, circa 1960s. Takes nine E27 40w maximum bulbs. Wired for ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Fantastic Franco Luce for Seguso Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1970s
By Franco Luce
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant two-tier chandelier with eight white "lattimo" striated glass petals supported by a gold-plated hardware by Franco Luce, Murano, Italy, 1970s. Excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pendant Light by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted shade, fitted with one E27 socket. Made by Stilnovo in the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Pendant Light by Stilnovo
  • Pendant Light by Stilnovo
  • Pendant Light by Stilnovo
  • Pendant Light by Stilnovo
H 55.12 in. Dm 9.45 in.
Mid-Century Modern Chandelier in Brass and Opaline Glass, Attributed to Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful 12-light chandelier in red lacquered metal, brass and opaline glass, attributed to Stilnovo. The brass has not been polished but this can be done at the client's request, ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Stilnovo Style Teak and Opaline Eight Arm Spider Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Coimbra, PT
Large vintage Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo style brass and teak wood spider chandelier with Eight hanging arms glass shades in the Danish style. Age patina. Measures: Diameter: 30 in/...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s, Italian Modern Brass and Opaline Glass Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp manufactured in Italy during the 1950s. The ceiling light feature very light green opaline glass and brass parts Very small crack under the glass, di...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Arredoluce Colored Enameled Brass Italian Chandelier, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful Italian chandelier, produced during the 1950s attributed to Arredoluce. Multicolored bell shades in Italian enameled brass with six lights. A glass base is separating th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Modernist Chandelier in Brass with 24 Opaline Glass Shades
By Stilnovo
Located in London, GB
An Italian designed sculptural chandelier in brass with 24 opaline glass shades
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Style Black Cone and Solid Brass Studio Made Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A 42" Italian midcentury style black lacquer and solid brass studio made chandelier featuring nine arms each with two black shaped cones on each end suspended from a central spoke em...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Murano Glass Flower Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful Italian Murano glass flower chandelier. Total height with chain is 75 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Beige Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier in Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very elegant Sputnik brass chandelier featuring 20 lights, 20 solid brass rods ending with beige Murano glass bowls and brass rodes ending with an arrow. White lacquered steel cones....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Pair of Stilnovo Style Cascading Chandeliers with Brass and Glass Shades
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Grand scale of 6 feet cascading chandeliers in the style of Stilnovo with eight teardrop shaped brass and opaline glass lights. New production, custom-made for Collection 20C gallery...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1980s Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Two-Tone of Violet Polyhedron Murano Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
Murano polyhedron glasses designed by Carlo Scarpa. Four colors all together: dark violet and violet with a touch of amber and pink. 16 E14 light bulbs. Approximate weight 70 Kg.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1970s Chandelier in the Style of Venini
By Venini
Located in Baambrugge, NL
A stunning and sophisticated chandelier in the style of Venini with Murano glasses. The glasses are hung in a spiral row on a brass frame in a circular design. The height excludi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Butterflies
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with flying butterflies in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Blue Flowers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half Sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with large blue flowers in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Pendants with Cutted Crystal Gemme, Milano, 1970s
Located in Milano, IT
Decorative and fine pair of chandeliers/pendants made in 1970 in Milano. Bunch of cutted crystals "Gemme" with a brass structure and one source of light; the crystals radiate a spec...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal, Brass

Uno Classico Semi-Flush Mount by form A
By Gaspare & Vittorio Asaro, form A
Located in New York, NY
The Uno ceiling light exemplifies simple elegance via its clean profile designed around a single Murano glass shade. Shown in polished brass with our signature Murano bubble glass. S...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Pendant
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in New York, NY
Rare pendant #2220 by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte. Beautiful brass hanging pendant with dark oxidized finish, white painted interior and large faceted crystal diffuser. Holds one st...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Madrid, ES
An original seven reflector hanging lamp edited by Stilnovo in 1960. Opaque nickel-plated brass and plexiglass .Excellent condition. Beautiful fixture.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
H 78.7 in. Dm 15.7 in.
6-Globe Modern Chandelier, Italy, 21st Century
Located in Culver City, CA
6-globe modern chandelier, Italy, 21st century. Flush mount brass and steel fixture with six cascading frosted glass globes. *Please Note: This fixture is made in Italy, and comes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Italian Brass and Glass Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp, manufactured in Italy in the 1940s This ceiling lamp is made of brass frame with its original patina, brass details, glass shade and metal white ivo...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

  • Italian Brass and Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Brass and Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Brass and Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Brass and Glass Chandelier
H 37.8 in. W 15.95 in. D 11.82 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Satinated Glass and Brass Pendant Chandelier, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This very elegant Italian Stilnovo style pendant / chandelier was designed and made in Italy in the 1950s to 1960s. The lamp is made of brass and has got a frosted white glass lamp s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stunning Big Sciolari Brass Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Aachen, DE
Nine-light brass chandelier in the style of Sciolari. Smoked glass in a very beautiful smokey brown color. Made with brass, best of the 1960s. High quality and in very good cond...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Modern Italian Chandelier, Stilnovo Style "Pita" 5 arms
By Stilnovo
Located in Lyon, FR
Beautiful modern chandelier Stilnovo style beige color, structure in brass with metal lampshades. E14 and E27 socket
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction fitted with eight E27 sockets and huge glass shade. Made in Italy in the early 1950s.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier
  • Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier
  • Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier
  • Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier
H 31.5 in. Dm 27.56 in.
Midcentury Italian Murano Glass Brass Nine-Light Bouquet Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A large hand blown Murano glass and gilt brass bouquet chandelier, neun arm with large drop shape globes, decorated with glass flowers, Italy, 1960s - impressive lighting effect! Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo and Brass Pendant Light, Italy, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful midcentury pendant lamp handcrafted in Italy. This lamp is a striking appearance in any room, this lamp is a perfect representation of the 1950s period because of their des...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Crystal Cut Glass Pendant, 1950s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant pendant was designed and made in Italy in the 1950s. The lamp is made of brass and has got a crystal cut glass shade. Excellent condition with one E27 socket. The la...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Glass and Brass “Scudi” Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Incredible chandelier made of brass and handblown Murano glass. This piece has six curved pieces of textured, metallic glass with a lamp reflecting off of each. In the centre, six mo...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Brass Sputnik or Urchin Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Very huge brass Sputnik or Urchin chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eyecatcher in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condition. 12 x E14 bu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Italian Modern Chandelier with 12 Arms in Gino Sarfatti Style "Angelica"
By Gino Sarfatti, Stilnovo
Located in Lyon, FR
Beautiful modern chandelier in Gino Sarfatti style, structure in brass with metal lampshades and opaline glasses. Ten lights. Finnish brass and color shades on request.   
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Murano Glass Italian "Fireworks" Chandelier, 1959s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Fireworks is a Murano blown glass chandelier, designed in 1958. Inside the glass, gold leaf was introduced. Beautiful Murano chandelier with 9 flames. The mouth-blown Murano glass fl...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1 of 2 Huge Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge mother of pearl colored Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandeliers. The chandeliers have a very impressing size and there are real eyecatchers in every room. The cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Glass and Brass Chandelier Ceiling Light Pendant, 1960s
By Angelo Lelii
Located in Berlin, DE
Spectacular vintage Sputnik, Orbit chandelier with ten white blown glass globes, 1950s. Lamp sockets: 10.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stunning Sciolari Brass Flush Mount, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Aachen, DE
Five-light brass chandelier in the style of Sciolari. Smoked glass in a very beautiful smokey brown color. Made with brass, best of the 1960s. High quality and in very good cond...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Custom Polished Brass and Murano Glass Molecular 'Snowflake' Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and dramatic polished brass and hand blown Murano glass molecular "Snowflake" was realized in Murano, Italy- the islands off the coast of Venice, renowned for centurie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Chandelier, Black Ivory Pivoting Shades, Twin Bulb, Patina Brass, Stilnovo Style
By Arteluce, Stilnovo
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Lovely small chandelier for entries or corridors. Midcentury cluster three-arm chandelier with a Classic two-tone head. Made by a lab specialized in midcentury restoration. Owner is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass, Metal

Midcentury Italian Multi-Color 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier by Arredoluce, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This multi-color Sputnik chandelier was made in Italy in the 1950s and is attributed to Arredoluce, Monza.  It has got 12 bakelite bulb holders which request an E14 bulb each. The...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Architectural Oval Shaped Brass and Grey Murano Glass Ten-Light Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This chandelier has got a very unusual shape since it is slightly oval. It features ten brass arms ending with high grey Murano frozen glass shades and large crystal turned bowls. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Italian Brass and Satin Opaline Glass Pendant by Azucena
By Azucena
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Italian chandelier / lantern was designed and manufactured by Azucena in the 1950s. It has got a beautiful white blown satin opaline glass lamp shade, the frame is ma...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Twelve-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered bakelite bulb holders. The brass lamp rod can be s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Satin Glass and Brass Pendant Lamp by Stilnovo, Italy, 1950
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Satin glass and brass pendant lamp by Stilnovo, Italy, 1950. Elegant suspension pendant lamp with stripped satin white glass and black metal paint accents. We have rewired this piece...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Murano Pink Lilly Sculptural Chandelier Franco Luce Art Glass & Gilt Brass
By Franco Luce
Located in Coimbra, PT
Awesome large 1970s vintage Floral Franco Luce Seguso gilt chandelier, of Murano glass, having a frame of brass, it's spherical center holding twenty-four, hand blown, blooms in the ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Gold Plate

Spectacular Pink and White Murano Glass Petals Chandelier with Brass Frame
By Galleria Veneziani
Located in Rome, IT
Fabulous Italian chandelier Made by 90 pink and white lattimo Murano glass petals supported by a brass frame by Galleria Veneziani. We can customize the frame, brass or bhrome D...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Spectacular Pink and White Murano Glass Petals Chandelier with Brass Frame
By Galleria Veneziani
Located in Rome, IT
Fabulous Italian chandelier Made by 90 pink and white lattimo Murano glass petals supported by a brass frame by Galleria Veneziani. We can customize the frame, brass or chrome. ...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Brass and Satin Opaline Glass Pendant Attributed to Arredoluce, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Italian pendant was designed and manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It has got a beautiful white swirling ribbed glass lamp shade with brass top, brass lamp rod and ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Attributed Round Crystal and Brass Chandelier, 1940
By Max Ingrand
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant Minimalist chandelier attributed to Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, with a frosted glass bowl and a large blue crystal shade supported by sophisticated polished brass hardware....
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Stilnovo Style Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stilnovo style chandelier. Five arms with white glass shades. Candelabra sockets.        
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

  • Stilnovo Style Chandelier
  • Stilnovo Style Chandelier
  • Stilnovo Style Chandelier
  • Stilnovo Style Chandelier
H 30 in. Dm 22.5 in.
Grand Sputnik Flush Ceiling Chandelier
By Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
A large Italian flush light in the style of Arredoluce Monza. Twenty-one light sources.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Exceptional Huge Atomic or Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge Murano glass, metal and brass chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and they are real eyecatchers in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Brass

Pair of 1960s Golden Venetian Glass Dandelion Chandeliers
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful brass and blown glass chandelier with over 160 glass elements. Twelve-light sources. Restored. Originally installed in an Italian resort. Rewired. A longer chain or pole ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Spike Chandelier, Clear Prismatic Elements, Murano
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Imposing Sputnik chandelier with spike prismatic shaped glass elements hold by a brushed brass rod. Murano glass pyramid in clear. Glass is shaped first on the bronzino and then pr...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Five-Tier Hand Blown Champagne Murano Glass Palma Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite Palma chandelier consists of five tiers of individually hand blown Murano glass stylized palm fronds in an iridescent Champagne color that are adhered to its brass fra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Brass and Murano Glass Tear Drop Flush Mount
Located in Berlin, DE
Monumental brass and amber Murano glass tear drop flush mount or chandelier. The extra huge flush mount is a real eye catcher in every living room or lobby and brings a wonderful lig...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Six- Light Pineapple Chandelier in the Style of Maison Bagues, circa 1950s
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Wonderful pineapple chandelier attributet of Maison Bagues, circa 1950s. This beautiful handcrafted chandeier is made of patinated and gilt metal, decorated with crystals tear drops ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal, Brass

"0024XXL" Pendant Lamp in Glass and Brass Designed by Gio' Ponti for FontanaArte
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
"0024XXL" is an extra large sized pendant lamp, with triple the diameter of the classic lamp originally designed by Gio' Ponti in 1932, manufactured by FontanaArte, featuring a chrom...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

1960 Italy Mazzega Pendant Lamp Murano Glass & Chrome by Carlo Nason
By Carlo Nason, AVMazzega
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant pendant light with smoked and clear Murano glass elements with amber details on a chromed brass frame. Designed by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, Italy in the 1960s. Design: Carl...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Zeta Ceiling Light by form A- Two Tone Finish
By form A, Gaspare & Vittorio Asaro
Located in New York, NY
The Zeta ceiling by form A light features a composition of variable sized Murano glass shades methodically balanced on a “V” shaped brass frame. Shown in a two tone finish with the s...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

One of Four Pendant Lamps Crystal Glass attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1962
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
One of Four Pendant Lamps Crystal Glass attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1962 Set of four pendant lights textured glass - Priced per item. Beautiful Italian pendant lights with black m...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Aluminum

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Brass Italian Modern Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the brass Italian modern chandelier you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each brass Italian modern chandelier for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and glass. Find 5778 options for an antique or vintage brass Italian modern chandelier now, or shop our selection of 1363 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a brass Italian modern chandelier — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right brass Italian modern chandelier, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Hollywood Regency styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made brass Italian modern chandelier over the years, but those crafted by Stilnovo, Fabio Ltd and Gaetano Sciolari are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Brass Italian Modern Chandelier?

Prices for a brass Italian modern chandelier start at $1 and top out at $102,523 with the average selling for $4,217.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American 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.