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Italian Mid-Century Industrial Metal Colored Chandelier by Palazzoli, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century industrial metal colored chandelier by Palazzoli, 1950s colored chandelier with yellow metal tubular lampshade with blue disc and glass bell. Produced by Palazz...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Dark Gray Industrial Metal Chandelier, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern dark gray industrial metal chandelier, 1960s Dark gray Industrial chandelier in enamelled metal with metal grille and chain for suspension. Good condi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

1950s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Painted Metal Italian Chandelier
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A fully restored Italian chandelier, it has been rewired, works 110-240 volts and needs five regular e14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Metal and Opaline Glass Chandelier, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern metal and opaline glass chandelier, 1960s Chandelier with metal structure and white opal glass lampshade hooked thanks to three rods and bulb holder alway...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Dark Gray Industrial Metal Chandeliers, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern dark gray industrial metal chandeliers, 1960s Dark gray industrial chandeliers in enamelled metal with metal grille and chain for suspension. Good con...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Hat-Shaped Green Metal Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern hat-shaped green metal chandelier, 1970s Hat-shaped green chandelier in painted metal, glossy green on the outside and matt white on the inside. Good c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Sciolari Gaetano Vintage Golden Metal Mid-Century Modern Chandelier, 1960s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
A Gaetano Sciolari vintage golden metal Mid-Century Modern chandelier, which was designed, 1960s, Italy. Gaetano Sciolari came from a family, who designed and manufactured lightings...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chandelier, Glass, Brass, Lacquered Metal Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-century Italian design chandelier very elegant, brass structure and red colored metals, opal curved glasses.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid Century Modern Metal Sputnik Vintage Chandelier 1960s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern nickel-plated metal Sputnik chandelier with 21 arms, which was designed 1960s Italy. Metal sockets with round chromed bulbs E 14. Measurements: Diameter 19.68 in ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Minimal Mid-Century Italian Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Minimal Mid-Century Italian chandelier, realized by some metals holding two glasses in white opal, in the style of the manufacture of Stilnovo, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

  • Minimal Mid-Century Italian Chandelier
  • Minimal Mid-Century Italian Chandelier
  • Minimal Mid-Century Italian Chandelier
  • Minimal Mid-Century Italian Chandelier
H 39.38 in. W 23.63 in. D 7.88 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid Century Metal Cetra Chandelier by Vico Magistretti for Artemide 1969
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern white metal Cetra chandelier by Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 1969 Cetra model chandelier, in white enamelled metal, with lower sphere diffuser in opalin...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Chandelier Pendant Round Chromed Metal Lighting Italian Design 1970
Located in Palermo, IT
Chandelier by the unknown designer with a long stem that supports 6 circular diffusers in chromed metal with 6 E27 lights. Made in Italy in the 70s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Angelo Brotto Mid-Century Italian Metal Chrome Chandelier for Esperia, 1970s
By Angelo Brotto, Esperia
Located in Puglia, Puglia
A surprising Esperia chandelier, 21 chromed metal pendants depicting water drops dripping from the ceiling.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

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

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Chandelier with stylized glass elements on a brushed nickel frame.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Green Metal, Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern green metal, glass and brass chandelier, 1950s Suspension lamp with emerald green metal lampshade supporting the worked glass diffuser, with central ball ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Romeo Rega Mid Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
By Romeo Rega
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Chandelier by Romeo Rega made of small rectangular chromed metal piece, with one-in-two covered with a black and gold decor. White and orange pampilles are hung to each piece as well.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Romeo Rega Mid Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
  • Romeo Rega Mid Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
  • Romeo Rega Mid Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
  • Romeo Rega Mid Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
H 29.93 in. W 29.53 in. D 15.36 in.
Mid-Century Modern Chandelier Brass 1950s Lacquered Metal Stilnovo Italian
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Original old chandelier Italian design 1950s lacquered metal, made of brass, parts in enameled aluminium, original 1950s, Stilnovo attributed.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Mid Century Italian Tronchi Glass Chandelier
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1960s chandelier with three tiers of clear, textured tronchi glass tubes. Six candelabra sized sockets. New wiring for US electrical standards. Unknown maker.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

1950s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Green Painted Metal Italian Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A brass and glass chandelier made in Italy in the Fifties, brass has been cleaned, green painted metal it's in original conditions. it works 110-240 volts and needs regular e 14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Metal Chandelier by Franco Mirenzi for Sirrah, 1970s
By Sirrah, Franco Mirenzi
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern metal chandelier by Franco Mirenzi for Sirrah, 1970s White enamelled metal chandelier with oplaine glass lampshade. Designed by Franco Mirenzi for Sirrah ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Barovier et Toso Italian Mid-Century Metal and Glass Chandelier
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940s) chandelier with horizontal metal frame having 4 Pair of feather form clear glass arms supporting large internal bubble design oval shades with a tiered ce...
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Early 20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian mid-century flush mount chandelier is made of rectangular gold-plated metal base with faceted glass in the frames. This chandelier includes 4 pcs. E14 bulbs. It is in a ver...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
H 5.12 in. W 11.03 in. D 11.03 in.
Mid Century Italian Chandelier with Glass Fruits
Located in Winter Park, FL
A magnificent, whimsical Italian six-light chandelier with gilded metal tiered frame dripping with colorful glass fruits. All original and completely intact. Large clusters of molded...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
By Venini
Located in Weesp, NL
Textured Italian glass mid century modern chandelier Beautiful 1960s chandelier in the style of Venini, Murano, Italy. There are 27 glass cylinders of 18 x 4.5 cm and 14 of 13 x 4.5c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
H 25.99 in. W 14.97 in. D 14.97 in.
Mid-Century Italian Gilt Wheat Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century Italian gilt wheat chandelier: Measures: 24" X 24" X 24" Weighs: 9 LBS.
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20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Luxurious Mid-Century Italian Chandelier, Murano
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Palmette ceiling light made by Murano trasparent glasses in a gold metal frame. Murano blown glass in a traditional way. Structure in gold colored metal. Period: 1980s Dimensions: ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Rope and Tassel Chandelier
Located in Hastings, GB
A beautiful twisted rope Italian chandelier, dating to the 1950's and crafted from gilt covered steel. The rope and tassel detailing on this light is impeccable and oozes mid century...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid Century Italian Rope and Tassel Chandelier
  • Mid Century Italian Rope and Tassel Chandelier
  • Mid Century Italian Rope and Tassel Chandelier
  • Mid Century Italian Rope and Tassel Chandelier
H 34.65 in. W 23.23 in. D 23.23 in.
Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian mid-century flush mount chandelier is made of rectangular gold-plated metal base with faceted glass in the frames. This chandelier includes 2 pcs. E27 bulbs. It is in a ver...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
H 3.15 in. W 10.04 in. D 10.04 in.
Huge Mid Century Chandelier Stilnovo, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Praha, CZ
- oversized - representative - rare - nice style of lighting - completely new electricity - 24 flames for E14 bulbs.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Mid Century Brass and Perforated Metal Chandeliers Arredoluce Style, 1950
By Arredoluce
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern brass and cream micro perforated metal pair of chandeliers by Arredoluce style 1950s. Chandeliers in cream-colored micro-perforated metal sheet, with uppe...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Venini Quadriedri Prism Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Italian Venini 'cake' chandelier made of descending stacked layers of quadriedri prisms. The piece was made in Italy during the 1960s-1970s and is in great vintage...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Stilnovo Lamp Chandelier Mid-Century Modern Italy 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Lucca, IT
Stilnovo lamp chandelier Mid Century Modern Italy 1960s Brand of manufacture .the chandelier has a long wire and is very nice if it is dropped, for example, in the center of a table,...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Cylindrical Cocoon Chandelier, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern cylindrical cocoon chandelier, 1960s Cylindrical cocoon chandelier with black metal rod ends. Good condition, plant checked. Measures 21 x 98 H cm. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Stilnovo Mid-Century Italian Steel Chandelier ,1960's
By Stilnovo
Located in Firenze, IT
Interesting shape formed by steel bands which are braided and can be moved to create the right distance between one end and the other. One lamp to the inside. The height can be adj...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Italian Marie Antoinette Style Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A Marie Antoinette style seven-light chandelier, produced in Italy, circa 1950s, with curvaceous gilt metal frame, trimmed with crystal beading and cut-glass prisms, with a single ce...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Six Lights Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Mid-Century Modern Italian six lights chandelier is in good condition and has been newly restored. This unique piece features six arms lights dropping from a brass canopy with b...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Italian Modern & Sculptural 8-Light Chandelier
Located in East Hampton, NY
In the style of Stilnovo, this wonderful 8 light glass, walnut and metal chandelier with original canopy is extremely sculptural, geometric and modern for a classic mid-century light.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Style Large Italian Sputnik Fireworks Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Bochum, NRW
Gorgeous large Italian Sputnik chandelier with twenty lights and "spikes". Made of brass and aluminum shades, ivory lacquered. Dimensions: Diameter ~115cm (42,28 in.), height 140 ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Minimalist and Simple Chandelier Mid-Century Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Minimalist and simple chandelier Mid-century Italian design.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Italian Gilt Metal 6 Light Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Handsome vintage Italian gilt 6 light chandelier. Beautiful decorative arms and great scale and shape. A classic look that adds a touch of elegance!!
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian 1950s Brass and Metal Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian five-light ceiling light. Diameter 76 cm. Height 70 cm. There is still the original wiring in the chandelier and there are five E27 bulbs with screw fitting.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

1960s Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A multicolored ten lights Sputnik Italian chandelier in the manner of Stilnovo. It works 110-240 volts and needs 10 regular e14 bulbs. All original colors.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

20th Century Italian Metal Chandelier, Glass Pendant by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian chandelier, pendant made of hand crafted lacquered metal and brass, having four frosted opaline glass light shades supported by slightly curved b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Arredoluce Attributed Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier Light
By Arredoluce
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Attributed to Arredoluce this five-light modernist anodized metal chandelier.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Tiered Glass "Optic Disk" Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A vintage chandelier with brass detailing. The piece is composed of clear and frosted circular glass disks suspended from the metal frame.
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20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier Attribute to Ulrich
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier / pendant / fixture with 16 arms elegantly set in a circular pattern in the spirit of a neoclassical sunburst. Composition: Elegant s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Multicolor Chandelier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern chrome and multicolor metal cone form shade chandelier. Having central hub supporting 14-arms.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid century Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Mid century brass, lacquered metal and glass chandelier with two round reflectors. Small but striking design mid century chandelier with two glass uplighter lamp shades. Overa...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid century Chandelier, 1950s
  • Mid century Chandelier, 1950s
  • Mid century Chandelier, 1950s
  • Mid century Chandelier, 1950s
H 22.84 in. W 19.69 in. D 7.88 in.
Italian Florentine Black and Gold Metal Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
1950's Italian Florentine black and gold metal chandelier with six (60 lights. Made in Italy in the 1950's. Recently rewired for the US. Chandelier comes with extra chain and a canopy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Impressive Italian Chandelier Attributed to G.C.M.E
By G.C.M.E
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern impressive Italian chandelier attributed to G.C.M.E. Elegant ten arms chandelier made of brass, painted metal and opaline glass ball-shades. Very good used condit...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Painted Metal Chandelier with Amethyst Colored Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Nine-arm cream painted metal chandelier with amethyst colored glass decoration. This fixture has been rewired, but it is not UL Code.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Cut Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Small White Metal Mesh Pendant
Located in New York, NY
A small Mid-Century Modern pendant, made in white metal mesh in Italy in the 1970s. Newly rewired to fit US standards. In great vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Gold-Plated Metal Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern gold-plated metal chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari. Luxurious chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari and produced by Sciolari Lighting in gold-plated metal and cry...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Sputnik Chandelier Attributed to Fontana Arte, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful and impressive Italian Sputnik chandelier from the 1960s in the manner of Fontana Arte. 60 hand-chipped glass elements on chrome-plated hardware with 11 light sources. In...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

White Metal Italian Space Age Chandelier‚ X-Shape’, 1960s, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury chandelier made in the 1960s. It is fascinating with its Space Age design and 5 arms. The white circular body of the light is made of full aluminium. The light requ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Golden Plastic Cascade Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern golden plastic Cascade Chandelier, 1970s Cascade chandelier composed of a round plate in white metal and suspended chains of different sizes, to which are...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Twelve-Light Chromed Steel Chandelier, 1970
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern twelve-light chromed steel chandelier, 1970 Twelve-light chandelier with chromed steel bracelets and original period chain stem. Perfect conditions. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers French Crystal Metal Forged 1950s Maison Jansen
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Classic chandeliers French, 1950s chic design, forged metal frame with flowers-shaped crystals, particularly of its kind.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

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Mid Century Italian Metal Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century Italian metal chandelier available at 1stDibs. Each mid century Italian metal chandelier for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and brass. There are 2873 variations of the antique or vintage mid century Italian metal chandelier you’re looking for, while we also have 134 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century Italian metal chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century Italian metal chandelier, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century Italian metal chandelier has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Stilnovo, Gaetano Sciolari and Venini are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Italian Metal Chandelier?

Prices for a mid century Italian metal chandelier start at $165 and top out at $75,000 with the average selling for $3,301.

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.