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Gray Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Pendant Lights
By Industria Rotterdam
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industria Rotterdam industrial cage light cast aluminium, clear glass 2 meter / 80” black cotton wire Weight: 1.30 kg / 2.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have be...
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20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Clear Globe Glass Vintage European Bakelite Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Clear texture globe glass pendant. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulb...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Bakelite

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Clear Globe Glass Vintage European Bakelite Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Clear texture globe glass pendant. Weight: 2.80 kg / 6.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulb...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bakelite, Glass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.40 kg / 3.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Clear Glass Globe Vintage European Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Clear texture glass pendant. Brass top 2 meter / 80" black cotton wire Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

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.
White Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Metal Pendant Lights
By Industria Rotterdam
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Cast aluminum industrial hanging lamp by Industrial Rotterdam. White opaline glass. 2 meter black wire. Weight: 1.10 kg / 2.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have bee...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Blue Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Cast Iron Top Factory Pendants
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant Blue grey enamel shade, cast iron top, white inside. Weight: 4.70 kg / 10.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by inter...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Enamel

Rare Large German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown white matte glass and chrome pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass/body D 15 in, H 13 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Mazzega, Carlo Nason, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown textured bubble glass globe and brass pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass D 13.8 in, H 10 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

'Planet' Terrazzo Pendant Lamp by Bentu Design 'White, Black, Red or Blue'
By Bentu Design
Located in Paris, FR
Terrazzo pendant lamps designed by Cantonese studio Bentu Design Black wire 2m adjustable. Bulb G4 LED / 220V / 3W Measures: Ø 45 × H 15.5 cm These pendant lamps are available...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Concrete

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 24 Glass Rondini
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 24 glass petals "rondini" (transparent crystal, smooth outside, with crystal powder and then rough inside.) in a chrome frame. Period: 19...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, Mazzega, 41 "rondini" Glass
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier. The fixture is made up of 41 individual handblown glass elements hanging (transparent and white “lattimo”) from a chrome frame. Each piece cle...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Palmette Chandelier Barovier & Toso Style, Murano
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Extraordinary set of Four Palmette chandeliers in the style of Barovier & Toso. Each chandelier is composed of 58 leaves.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, Mazzega, 24 "rondini" Glass
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier. The fixture is made up of 24 individual hand blown glass elements hanging (transparent and white “lattimo”) from a chrome frame. Each piece cl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Ship's Chrome Deck Lights with Iron Brackett
Located in Nantucket, MA
A chrome deck light from a working ship, with an iron bracket which is slightly offset but stays center when you hang it. Midcentury. Rewired for American use and takes one standard ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Unique Skeletal X-Ray Chandelier
By X-Ray Lamp Company
Located in Peekskill, NY
The skeletal nature of this lamp suggests that it once was the long-hidden workings of a more decorative fixture. Liberated from its original housing it’s ready to make a statement a...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Maria Theresa Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
The frame is fully dressed all-over with glass. Cut crystal drops of different dimensions and shapes are hanging all-over the octagonal button chains, all around the chandelier. M...
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Vintage 1940s European Baroque Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Iron, Wire

Double Magnifying Glass Pendent
By Early Electrics Design Studio
Located in Peekskill, NY
This lamp is totally unique there is nothing out there likes it. It takes a single candelabra bulb that looks larger in the thick magnifying glasses. With an antique style filament b...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

  • Double Magnifying Glass Pendent
  • Double Magnifying Glass Pendent
  • Double Magnifying Glass Pendent
  • Double Magnifying Glass Pendent
H 8 in. W 6.75 in. D 6 in.
Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1960s
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Chandelier designed by Emil Stejnar and manufactured from Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria, 1950s.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
H 35.44 in. W 28.75 in. D 22.45 in.
Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 50 Glass Rondini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier. The fixture is made up of 41 individual hand blown glass elements hanging (transparent and white “lattimo”) from a chrome frame. Each piece cl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Articulated Mini Spot Lights
By Early Electrics Design Studio
Located in Peekskill, NY
Pictured are mini spot pendants. They come in a dark brass finish. The interiors are silvered and an brass ring holds a textured glass lens. It’s 16 in. long including the brass sock...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Articulated Mini Spot Lights
  • Articulated Mini Spot Lights
  • Articulated Mini Spot Lights
  • Articulated Mini Spot Lights
H 16 in. Dm 3.75 in.
Italian Murano Six-Tier Felci Glass Chandelier, 52 Glasses
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Beautiful and huge Italian Murano chandelier composed of 52 splendid transparent glasses that give a very elegant look Period: 1970s Dimensions: 55.10 inches (140 cm) height with cha...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Amazing Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Big Chandelier Venini Style 107 Transparent Prism Quadriedri Elena Mo
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic and big Murano chandelier made by 107 Murano crystal prism triedri in a nickel-plated metal frame. Period: late XX century Dimensions: 51,20 inches height (130 cm) with cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Amazing Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Sciangai/F Floor Lamp
By Interia
Located in Milan, IT
The playful and elegant design of this floor lamp will be a dynamic addition to a modern or eclectic interior, where it will be a functional source of light in a living room or study...
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2010s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Brass

  • Sciangai/F Floor Lamp
  • Sciangai/F Floor Lamp
  • Sciangai/F Floor Lamp
  • Sciangai/F Floor Lamp
H 59.06 in. W 25.6 in. D 25.6 in.
1970s Murano Vistosi Glass Chandelier, 65 Transparent Hooks
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
1970s Murano Vistosi glass chandelier - 65 transparent hooks of circular shape Period: 1970s. Dimensions: 57.10 inches (145 cm) height with chain; 29.50 inches (75 cm) height witho...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers, 50 Multicolored Prisms, Italiy Murano
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Sputnik chandelier surrounding 50 multicolored crystal glass 'triedri' prisms radiating from a center black metal nucleus. Brass lamp holder. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers, 50 Prisms, Italy, Murano
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Sputnik chandelier surrounding 50 crystal glass 'triedri' prisms radiating from a center black metal nucleus. Brass lamp holder. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 51.20 inches ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier in the Manner of Mazzega, 52 Big Glass Petals
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge and rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 52 big glass petals (transparent and white “lattimo”) in a chrome frame. The glasses have a much larger size of the classics ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Murano Six-Tier Felci Glass Chandelier, 52 Glasses
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Beautiful and huge Italian Murano chandelier composed of 52 splendid trasparent glasses that give a very elegant look Period: 1970s Dimensions: 55.10 inches (140 cm) height with ch...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Midcentury Top Quality Murano Vintage Chandelier, 52 Poliedri Glasses
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage chandelier in Murano glass and metal. The lamp has 52 unobtainable poliedri trasparent glasses. Period: 1960s-1970s Dimensions: 49.21 inches (125 cm) height with ch...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Round 5+1 Tiers Chandelier, Murano, Clear Glass 1990s, Bronze Finish Metal Ring
By Barovier&Toso, Venini, Camer Glass
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This dense and luxury midcentury chandelier carries around 140 glass elements. Each element has small grooves that are giving the appearance when lit to be white. Because it's a diff...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Amazing Italian Chandelier "Royal Crown", Murano, 1950s
Located in Budapest, HU
Italian Murano chandelier of grandiose beauty.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Spectacular Pair of Chandeliers, Murano, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Amazing and elegant hand blown pair of Murano chandeliers, circa 1970. From Banca azionale del Lavoro in Roma.
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Late 20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Pair of Italian Murano Petals Chandeliers, Murano
Located in Budapest, HU
Pair of huge Italian vintage Murano chandeliers made by 52 glass petals (transparent crystal, smooth outside, with crystal powder and then rough inside in a chrome frame. Period: 19...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

Charming Italian Chandelier "Starfish", Murano, 1950s
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Italian Murano chandelier with emerald drops.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Pair of Murano Poliedri Chandelier in the Style of Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier consists of 52 colored Poliedri of Murano. Ice, blue and aquamarine. Measures: cm H 80 L. 50 W. 35 height lights, without chain 30 cm. Available three pairs.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

English Cut-Glass Chandelier
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

  • English Cut-Glass Chandelier
  • English Cut-Glass Chandelier
  • English Cut-Glass Chandelier
  • English Cut-Glass Chandelier
H 53.15 in. Dm 39.38 in.
Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

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Cut Glass

Spectacular Pair of Chandeliers by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Amazing and elegant handblown pair of Murano chandeliers by Barovier & Toso, circa 1970. From Banca azionale del Lavoro in Roma.
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Late 20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

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Cut Glass

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

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Cut Glass

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Cut Glass

Midcentury Italian Chromed Chandelier with Six Satin White Glass Globes, 1960s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A chromed chandelier with six satin white fluted glass globes, Italy, 1960s The glass globes are in very good condition, chrome with some wear, rewired. Measures: Overall height 3...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Midcentury Italian Chromed Chandelier with Six Satin White Glass Globes, 1960s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A chromed chandelier with six satin white fluted glass globes, Italy, 1960s The glass globes are in very good condition, chrome with some wear, rewired. Measures: Overall height 3...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

Four Poliedri Chandelier, 140 Iridescent Glass, Carlo Scarpa Style, Murano
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Budapest, HU
Four Elegant Italian pendant light made from 346 Murano glasses "poliedri". Structure in gold and brass colored metal.     
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2010s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Pair of Quadriedri Murano Glass Chandeliers, 265 Prism, Murano
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
A magnificent pair Murano glass chandeliers, 265 quadriedri on gold frame. This large midcentury Italian chandelier is truly a timeless Classic. New product, prompt delivery. Period...
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2010s European Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Fine English Cut-Glass Tent and Waterfall Chandelier with Blue Glass
Located in London, GB
A fine English cut-glass tent and waterfall chandelier with blue glass detailing. Formerly a gasolier.
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Antique 1870s English Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Cut Glass

Spherical Poliedri Candelier, 140 Iridescent Glass, Carlo Scarpa Style, Murano
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Budapest, HU
Elegant Italian pendant light made from 140 iridescent Murano glasses "poliedri". Structure in gold and brass colored metal. The glasses are now unavailable, they have the particular...
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1990s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Poliedri Candelier Carlo Scarpa Style, 84 Multicolored Glasses, Murano
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Budapest, HU
Elegant Italian chandelier made from 84 beautiful Murano multicolored glasses "poliedri". Structure in gold and brass colored metal. The glasses are pink, yellow and green, which mak...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Huge Mid-Century Five-Tier Chandelier by Kinkeldey, Brass Grip Crystal, 1960s
By Kinkeldey
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Stunning Mid-Century Modern, elegant, high quality ten-light crystal chandelier by Kinkeldey, Germany, circa 1960s. Geometric crystal plates in two sizes on the polished brass fram...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Midcentury Two-Tiered Chandelier by Kinkeldey, Brass and Grip Crystal, 1960s
By Kinkeldey
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern, high quality seven -light crystal chandelier by Kinkeldey, Germany, circa 1960s. This chandelier is made of geometric crystal plates and brass frame. ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

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Clear Pendant For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the clear pendant you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A clear pendant — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. Find 9093 options for an antique or vintage clear pendant now, or shop our selection of 3170 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer clear pendant, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right clear pendant, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made clear pendant over the years, but those crafted by Fabio Ltd, Gaetano Sciolari and J.T. Kalmar are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Clear Pendant?

Prices for a clear pendant can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $79 and can go as high as $509,839, while the average can fetch as much as $2,904.

Finding the Right Chandeliers Pendant Lights 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.

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 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 named for 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 does the right chandelier prove stunning, 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 pendants and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.