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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

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Brass

Opaline Glass Gold Striped Vintage European Globe Brass Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass, 3 gold stripes globe glass pendant. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incande...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Mazzega, J.T. Kalmar, Carlo Nason
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

Set of Four Austrian Vintage Blown Glass Globes Ceiling Hanging Lights, 1960s
By Carlo Nason, Mazzega
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful set of four hand blown textured glass globes and brass pendant lights. Austria, 1960s. Glass globes: 3 x D: 6.3 in; 1 x D: 7.9 in.   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Doria Twenty-Five-Globe Sputnik Chandelier
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite large-scale brass Sputnik chandelier with 25 blown seed glass globes by Doria. Stem can be cut to size. Chandelier body measures 21.5 inches tall. Rewired for use in the US...
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20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Small French Holophane Globe Pendant Light with Brass Caps
Located in London, GB
Small French Holophane globe pendant lights, moulded prismatic glass with spun brass caps and conical finial to base, re-wired with braided silk flex, circa 1960-1980. Larger size av...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

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

Stunning Kaiser Radial Sputnik Opal Glass Globes Chandelier, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning radial Sputnik chandelier with six opal glass globes by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Opal, Brass

Kaiser Sputnik Chandelier with 12 Glass Globes, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant atomic chandelier with twelve white opal glass balls on a white metal frame. Manufactured by Kaiser Lighting, Germany in the 1960s. Model: Atomic, Sputnik. Style: Mid Cent...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Luxerus Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Structured Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Large Dm 50" inch midcentury hotel chandeliers with brass fixture, 6 large hand blowed glass globes and in numerous smaller structured glass globes. This chandelier with brass frame ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960 Germany Kaiser Molecular Satellite Chandelier With 6 White Glass Globes
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant molecular satellite chandelier with six white opal glass balls on a white brass frame. Manufactured by Kaiser Lighting, Germany in the 1960s. Model: Satellite, Sputnik. St...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Extremely Large Hotel Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Structured Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Extremely large 7.5 ft midcentury hotel chandelier with brass fixture, 8 large hand blowed glass globes and innumerous smaller structured glass globes. The chandelier with brass fram...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Multi-Color Murano Glass Globe Pendant
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian Murano glass globe pendant blown with black and multicolored hemispheres / Made in Italy circa 1960s Single light / E26 or E27 type / max 60W Diameter 14 inches / height 14 i...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Large 41" Hotel Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Hand-Blowed Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Large 41" inch midcentury hotel chandelier with brass fixture, 13 large hand blowed glass globes and 12 smaller structured glass globes. The chandelier with brass frame consist of 12...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Doria Leuchten 1960s Pink Murano Glass Globe Pendant Lights / Lamps
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Exceptional and large pair (sold individually) vintage rose pink tinted midcentury Murano glass ceiling pendant light fixtures by Doria Leuchten, Germany. Made in the later half of t...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Murano glass chandelier with mercury glass, opaline glass and Pulegoso glass shades on a spherical brass structure. Holds 36 medium base bulbs, rewired for the US. The height includi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

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H 55 in. Dm 39.5 in.
Anodized Aluminium Modern Chandelier With 3 Blown Glass Globes
Located in Houston, TX
Anodized aluminium modern chandelier, circa 1950-1970, newly wired for use within the USA. Three lights (accommodate medium-base or Edison bulbs) within hand blown glass globes. Glob...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Large Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in San Leandro, CA
Large scale and fine quality clear glass globe Chandelier or pendant lamp with brass mounts by Robert Long Lighting.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Murano glass globe chandelier from Italy featuring a white and clear swirling hand-blown glass globe with gilt brass hardware. This piece has been newly wired to fit US standards.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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H 13 in. W 16.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Mid-Century Style Modern Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
18 white Murano glass globes Cascade down a Mid-Century Modern style brass structure on this wondrous chandelier. Rewired for the US to hold 18 medium-base light bulbs. This fixture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

Contemporary Italian Modern Oil Rubber 4 White Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A minimalist Italian structural lighting fixture in an organic Mid-Century Modern design, entirely handcrafted recalling Gino Sarfatti style. The asymmetrically positioned four ovoid...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Contemporary Italian Modern Oil Rubber 4 White Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
By Cosulich Interiors & Antiques
Located in New York, NY
A Minimalist Italian structural lighting fixture in an organic Mid-Century Modern design, entirely handcrafted recalling Gino Sarfatti style. The asymmetrically positioned four ovoid...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Contemporary Italian Modern Satin Brass & 4 White Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A minimalist Italian structural lighting fixture in Mid-Century Modern design, entirely handcrafted recalling Gino Sarfatti style. The asymmetrically positioned four ovoid globes in ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Modern Round Brass and Ten Opaline Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning one of a kind Italian modern round brass chandelier with ten opaline glass globes. The brass frame is hammered and very detailed in its craftsmanship. Comes with Canopy and ...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Chandelier with Nine Glass Globes
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian Murano ceiling light or chandelier with nine arms. Diameter: 75 cm. Height: 80 cm. Nine E24 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Midcentury Modern Glass Globe Directional Chandelier Designed by Maison Arlus
By Arlus
Located in Arles, FR
Iconic, rare, unique and with remarkable dimensions, Maison Arlus high design chandelier produced in France in the 1950s-1960s. The peculiarity that distinguishes this chandelier is...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Eighteen Cut Glass Globe Chandelier
By Richard Essig
Located in New York, NY
Elegant chrome eighteen cut glass globe sputnik chandelier. The fixture has been newly rewired but retains the E14 bulb sockets. It comes complete with matching ceiling canopy and ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Three Globe Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Three frosted white globes hang from a solid wood board. Measures: Each globe 11" H x 7" W. Clean, original, working condition.
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Vintage 1950s American Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Wood

Pendant Chandelier with Thirteen Glass Globes
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Pendant chandelier with 13 glass globes, brass support, adjustable to accommodate to different ceiling heights.
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2010s French Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Modern Murano Pink Flower Globe Chandeliers
Located in Dallas, TX
Magnificent modern Murano glass pink flower globe chandeliers. Beautiful flowers in a lovely shade that create a huge impact. One is shown with LED bulbs and the other with tradition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian Murano 1960s Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A hand blown Murano Italian 1960s glass globe, the top portion comprised of clear glass and the bottom half of the globe decorated with speckled aubergine, brown and gold glass decor...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sciolari Chandelier with Clear Glass Globes
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in London, GB
Midcentury chrome frame chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari with glass globes suspended by thin chains. Six bulbs hang downward.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Ten-Globe Opaline Glass Elongated Chandelier
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Custom ten-globe opaline glass elongated chandelier in antique brass finish. Customization is available in different sizes and finishes.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern lightolier 30 light sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Three-Arm Brass Chandelier with Faceted Glass Globes
By Kinkeldey
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized in Germany, circa 1960. It features a polished brass frame consisting of three cylindrical bodies adjoined to a central stem o...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Modern Globe Chandelier in Frosted Glass and Nickeled Bronze, 1960
Located in New York City, NY
A nicely scaled Modernist sphere of molded art glass with diamond patterning gives the impression of finely cut crystal. Dropped from the ceiling on a single stem, from a simple conc...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern Lightolier 30 light Sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Pair Italian Modern White and Clear Handblown Glass Globe Chandelier, Vistosi
By Vistosi
Located in Hollywood, FL
the chrome "O" ring with chrome light source, with a clear and white swirl handblown glass globe- rewired for US Globe is 16" diameter and overall 22" to top of "O" ring Chandelie...
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Vintage 1960s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Lilac Glass Globes
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Sputnik style chandelier made of a brass structure and twenty six arms of light. Each of them is ornated with a light purple tinted glass globe hiding the light bulb. When ligh...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Four Globe Milk Glass Pendant Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Rare and hard to find pendant chandelier with 4 shades sizes are; 16in. 9in. and 2 11in. Milk glass globes are in excellent condition. Original wiring is sound, not dried out. One g...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Milk Glass

Vintage Brass Chandelier with 5 Opaline Glass Globes
Located in Helsinki, FI
Chandelier by unknown Finnish manufacturer. This lamp features five light sources with opaline glass globes. This lamp is in nice vintage condition. E27 bulb fittings.
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

Chandelier with Glass Globes, Italy, 1960-1970
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian chandelier with six Murano glass globes. Diameter 38 cm. Height fixture 43 cm. Total height 70 cm. Six E14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Glass Globe and Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Austin, TX
Italian vintage Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandelier in the style of Stilnovo. Fifteen glass globes and fifteen brass balls extend on brass stems from the central brass fixture....
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sputnik Chandelier with Thirty Opaline Glass Globes
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sputnik chandelier, opaline glass, metal, Europe, 1970s. This triple layered Sputnik has 30 opaline glass globes. The chandelier consists of a metal fixture with thirty arms, all ...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opal, Metal

12 Glass Globes Brass Chandelier, 1960s-1970s
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Fine organic chandelier with frosted glass globes and brass. 12-light (e14) Measures: Diameter 26"/66cm and height of the body 13"/33cm The ceiling lamp is in very fine original ...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Milk Glass Globe Sputnik Flush Mount Chandelier
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Custom milk glass globe Sputnik flush mount chandelier . Customization is available in different sizes and finishes.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Brass Chandelier with Nine Glass Globes 1960s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Very nice pendant light made of brass with nine glass globes on two levels. Measures: DM 58 cm, H 44/97 cm. Very good condition with nice patina.  
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

20 Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Chandeliers with Four Pearl White Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury ceiling brass chandeliers, flushmounts by designer and manufacturer Preciosa and produced in Czech Republic the early 1970s. Beautiful work with four pearl white glass glo...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

Stunning Large Chandelier with Handblown Glass Globes
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful large chandelier with brass or chromed frame, six large handblown globes with air inclusions and 20 small handblown glass balls. Fitted with six E27 up to 100W each porcela...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Murano Globe Glass and Textured Brass Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
A breathtaking and brilliant Murano globe glass and textured brass chandelier. This illuminating piece holds eighteen candelabrum base glossy globe bulbs and is rewired for the US ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

Italian Swirl Glass Globe and Brass Pendant Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
A stunning Italian hand blown Murano glass globe pendant chandelier, circa 1950s. A 14" diameter clear glass sphere with spiraled white stripe. Conical brass suspension hardware and ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Bird Cage Shaped Vintage Chandelier with Glass Globes
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Particularly original chandelier shaped like a bird cage, tinted glass sleeves around the bars circling around a central stem holding five-light in white glass globes.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Brass Angular Chandeliers with Glass Globes
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Pair of chandeliers made of a brass geometrical structure and frosted white and yellow globes.
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Globe 3, Blown Glass Pendant Bedside Chandelier by Shakuff
By Shakuff Lighting
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand blown glass pendants fixtures. 3 glass pendants on 8" round canopy with LED G4 2W bulb. Fixture dimmable. 2 additional ft. are added to every wire. UL listed. Glass pendant meas...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Brass Chandelier with Six Cylindrical Glass Globes, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Madrid, ES
Beautiful brass ceiling lamp with six-light arms. Cylindrical slightly tinted glass globes. One glass cylinder with a crack. In the style of Hans-Agne Jakobsson.
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Lightolier Glass Globe Chandeliers in Chrome
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
A pair of vintage Lightolier chandeliers, manufactured, circa 1960s in polished chrome with eight trumpet arms, each fitted with the white opaque glass globe spheres, surrounding the...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Saturnus Glass Globe Chandelier by RAAK of Holland
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extra large version of the ‘Saturnus’ chandelier by RAAK of the Netherlands. Eight blown glass globe shades with tiny air bubbles suspended by a black and chrome ring. Suspended by f...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Chrome

Five-Arm Brass Chandelier with Opaque Glass Globes
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Five-arm brass chandelier with opaque glass globes.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Glass Globe Modern Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal glass globe modern chandelier for your home. Each glass globe modern chandelier for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and brass. If you’re shopping for a glass globe modern chandelier, we have 761 options in-stock, while there are 85 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer glass globe modern chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each glass globe modern chandelier bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one glass globe modern chandelier that is appealing in its simplicity, but Kaiser Leuchten, RAAK and Doria Leuchten Germany produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Glass Globe Modern Chandelier?

Prices for a glass globe modern chandelier start at $150 and top out at $38,000 with the average selling for $2,635.

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.