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Mid-20th Century Venetian Rezzonico Chandelier 14 Arms, Murano, 1940s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Sumptuous chandelier with 14 flames in very delicate Murano glass blown crystal color embellished with 24-carat gold applications. First half of the 20th century. Absolute mast...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Midcentury Gio Ponti Style Italian Green Glass and Brass Table Lamp
By Gio Ponti
Located in Miami, FL
A very elegant Italian table lamp of blown Murano glass in a very rare color of slightly iridescent English green with a touch of blown clear glass containing gold inclusions and bra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Tommaso Barbi Midcentury Poplar Briar and Chrome Italian Table Lamp, 1970s
By Tommaso Barbi
Located in Roma, IT
Italian table lamp by Tommaso Barbi with original label. Produced in Italy in the 1970s. This splendid lamp is made of poplar briar and mounts two bulbs with E 27 attachment. T...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

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

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 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

Italian Modernist Brass and Frosted Murano Glass Sconces in Style of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern sconces were realized in Italy in the manner of Gio Ponti. They feature conical shades in frosted glass that are supported by four angular su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and...

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Brass

Amber Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 amber Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10.50 inches (27 cm...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style, Transparent and Smoked Prism
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and smoked Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Multicolor Quadriedri Table Lamp, Mariangela Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 Quadriedri Murano crystal multicolored prism for each lamp. Nickel metal frame. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimension...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Good Vintage Condition and Fully Working, Slight Signs of Aging in the Structure
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and clear blue prism quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Clear Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century. Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height; 10.50 inches (27 cm) diame...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Chandelier "Reticello" Gold Inclusions Attributed to Seguso. Murano, 1940
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier gold inclusions, Italy. Hand blown 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
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.
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

Huge Murano Chandelier Trasaparent and Smoked Triedri, 184 Prism, Mariangela M
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 184 Murano crystal trasaparent and smoked prism in a nickel metal frame. The glasses are transparent, blue, smoky, purple, green, yellow a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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

Huge Murano Chandelier Transparent Triedri, 184 Prism, Arianna Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 184 Murano trasparent crystal prism in a nickel metal frame. The glasses have two different sizes. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 6...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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

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Brass

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

Vintage Murano Chandelier – 107 Transparent Prism Triedri, Arianna Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 107 Murano crystal prism "triedri" in a nickel metal frame. The glasses are two different size. Period: late XX century Dimensions: 47,25 ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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

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

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Metal

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

Pair of Pink Polar Murano Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular Murano chandelier. It consists of dozens of pure Murano glass leaves. Four E 27 lights. Measures: Height with chain cm 100 (39 inches) without chain cm 40 (16 inches).
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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

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Chrome

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

Round Nine Tiers Chandelier, 380 Murano Fume' Glass, 1990s, Metal Ring
By Camer Glass, Barovier&Toso, Venini
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Grand midcentury chandelier that carries around 340 glass elements in fume glass. Each element has small grooves that are playing with light. Light fume color appears tea color wh...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Round 5+1 Tiers Chandelier, Murano, Clear Glass 1990s, Bronze Finish Metal Ring
By Venini, Barovier&Toso, 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

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Pair Italian Venetian Swirl Murano Glass Deco Lamps
By Lorin Marsh
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian / Murano Venetian swirl form smoke grey color art glass lamps in the Art Deco style with new polished nickel fittings and wiring.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Italian Modern Brass and Enamel Ludo Sconce, Reading Lamp by Blueprint Lighting
By Arteluce, Stilnovo, Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
Enamel color may be specified with no additional lead time in most cases. Our standard enamel colors are shown in the final images--there is no additional lead time or cost for these...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Chrome, Nickel

Art Deco Murano Glass Three-Light Grape Chandelier, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Murano glass three-light chandelier with cast iron and brass mounts, Italy, mid-20th century. Three brass hanging chains with colored and clear glass bunch of grapes form shades conn...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Iron

Flushmount Brass with White Spheres in blown Murano Glass Contemporary Italy
By Giovanni Dalla Fina
Located in Villaverla, IT
Modern and gorgeous contemporary Italian flushmount Brass & White Spheres Murano Glass by Giovanni Dalla Fina. This fine and unique artwork was entirely handcrafted utilizing blown M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Carlo Nason Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp Blown Glass for Mazzega, 1970s
By AVMazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This floor lamp was created by Carlo Nason, in blown Murano glass and steel. Created for the famous Mazzega Muranese Company, 1970s. " If you like it please make your offer and we w...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Brass Table Lamp with Reindeer Deer Card Holder
Located in West Hartford, CT
Glamorous midcentury Lucite and brass table lamp with sculpture of reindeer that holds business cards and the like, circa 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Dlightus Bespoke Nickel and Frosted Glass Chandelier
By D'LightUs
Located in Dallas, TX
Made of 12 nickel sheets of metal, curved, nesting the light and covered up by a frosted glass. Rectangular shape, with 12 candelabra base lights. Ideal over a table/kitchen island/d...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Italian Brass Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An incredible accent lamp that has a unique presence. It can sit in a variety of positions allowing the light source to point in almost any direction.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Floor Lamp with Red Metal Shade
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian floor light in the style of Stilnovo with articulating red shade, brass stem and counter weight ball foot. Newly produced in Italy and newly rewired.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

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

Desk Lamp by Achille Castiglioni & Flos, Italy
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Paris, FR
Desk lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1980 and edited by Flos (Italy). The name comes from a game in Lombard language which consists in diverting the sunbeams with a mirror. S...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

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

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This midcentury table lamp was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It has got an adjustable black lacquered lampshade and a brass goose neck lamp arm. The lamp has been rewired a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Venini Style Italian Murano Glass and Gold Flush Mount
By Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
Venini style Italian Murano glass and gold flush mount. Elegant Murano glass flush mount or wall-light featuring seven crystal clear glass "triete" prisms each attached to a gilt bra...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Gold, Brass

Chrome Beautiful Elegant Blue Opal Glass Flush Mount, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original sixties flush mount ceiling lamps in a blue opal Murano glass domical shade within a round bracket and a circular chrome plate made of chrome-plated brass designed in 1960s ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass, Chrome

Gino Sarfatti Table Lamp Model 540P for Arteluce, Italy, 1968
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful midcentury table lamps designed by Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce in 1968. It is fascinating with its beautiful brown shade and plexiglass body. The lamps are in very good vi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Midcentury Brown and Brass Lacquered Metal Conical Tripod Table Lamp Italy 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Roma, IT
Midcentury brown and brass lacquered metal conical tripod table lamp, Italy, 1950s Wonderful table lamp with a tripod base and a conic shade, that will wonderfully push the light ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, 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

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, Italy 1960
By Cenedese, Gino Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Set of Gino Sarfatti Table Lamps Model 540P for Arteluce, Italy, 1968
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful pair of midcentury table lamps designed by Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce in 1968. It is fascinating with its beautiful chrome shade and plexiglass body. The lamps are in ver...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Pair of Table Lamps by Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso, Italy, 1950s
By Dino Martens, Aureliano Toso
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Pair of table lamps in mezza filigrana striped glass, decorative brass spheres between the glass body and the patinated brass-plated metal base. Shades can be ordered to specification.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair Gino Sarfatti Arteluce 3003 Ceiling Lamp or Semi Flush Mount, Italy, 1950
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Vienna, AT
Gino Sarfatti Arteluce 3003 ceiling lamp or semi flush mounts, Italy, 1950. Two pieces available, priced and sold individually. Desirable white (egg-shell) painted aluminum light wit...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Aluminum

Model 660 Table Lamp "Flex" by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce, Italy, 1970s
By Elio Martinelli
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Mid-Century Modern model 660 table lamp by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce. Sometimes referred to as vertebrae lamp. Ofcourse this means the lamp is flexible, as is the sha...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian Tall Clear Hand Blown Ribbed Murano Glass and Aluminum Neck Table Lamp
Located in Miami, FL
Italian tall clear hand blown feminine-shaped ribbed Murano glass table lamp. The top has an aluminum ribbed neck. In perfect working condition and uses a max. 60 watts light bulb....
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

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

Set of Two 1970s Italian Modern Brass, Lucite Desk Lamps
By Arredoluce
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two Lucite desk lamps with brass elements by Arredeluce, Italy, 1970s. A beautiful set of desk lamps with reaching halogen light to read your paper or book through the reach...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Guzzini Chandelier with Three Adjustable Lights White and Chrome, Italy, 1970s
By Guzzini
Located in Roma, IT
This vintage chandelier of Guzzini features three spherical diffusers, which are all adjustable, and an white-painted metal frame. Measures: Diameter 35 cm, height 62. Spheres 13 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Steel, Chrome

Gio Ponti Brass Multi Cylinder Sconces, Italy 1970s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant in their simplicity these sconces can work in a formal or more casual interior. The variety of bulbs that can be used allows you to create dramatically different effects.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

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Italian Midcentury Lighting For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of Italian midcentury lighting you’re looking for. An item from our selection of Italian midcentury lighting — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. Find 3100 options for an antique or vintage choice in our collection of Italian midcentury lighting now, or shop our selection of 51 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the object in our assortment of Italian midcentury lighting you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each option in this array of Italian midcentury lighting bearing Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one piece of Italian midcentury lighting that is appealing in its simplicity, but Stilnovo, Barovier&Toso and Gaetano Sciolari produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is an Italian Midcentury Lighting?

The average selling price for a piece of Italian midcentury lighting at 1stDibs is $2,395, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $71,819 for the highest priced.

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 Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.