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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 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

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

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

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

Elegant Chandelier in the Style of Venini ‘1970’
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant chandelier in Murano glass in the style of Venini.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Square Glass Ceiling Light by Veca, 1970s, Italy
By VECA
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful square glass hanging lamp made in Italy in the 1970s. The light is made of thick glass. It has an amazing transparent color and it is very solid. The four glass parts are...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Extraordinary Aluminium and Murano Glass Ceiling Light by Mazegga, 1970s, Italy
By Mazzega
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful Murano glass hanging lamp made in Italy in the 1970s. The light is made of thick Murano. It has an amazing color and it is very solid. The three glass parts are secure to...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

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

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Crystal, Metal, Brass

Italian 10-Light Mid-Century Modern Chandelier ITSO Artemide, circa 1970
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in Merida, Yucatan
10-light Mid-Century Modern chandelier in the style of Artemide. Chromed metal and opaline glass. Italy, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Barovier & Toso Mid-Century Modern Amber Murano Glass Ceiling Chandelier, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Murano, Venezia
A very important ceiling lamp for its great size that reaches a diameter of 130 cm (inches 51.18). Composed of 32 glass elements called "Plates", in this beautiful ceiling light you...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Polar Murano Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of 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...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Chandelier by Venini Art Glass VeArt, circa 1970
By Venini
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful and large pendant light in clear glass with green and amber tones attributed to Venini, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Murano Glass Polar Chandeliers Italian Modern, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Murano polar ice chandelier, each with 88 precious hand blown glass leaves hanging on the brass frame. Spectacular light effect. Available three pairs of sconces. Provenance from a...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Majestic Chandelier Amethyst Italian Design by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Murano glass discs amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. A pair is available.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Mid-Century Italian Murano Franco Luce Art Glass and Gilt Brass Chandelier, Pair
By Franco Luce
Located in Coimbra, PT
Awesome pair of 1970s vintage Italian Murano Lily Calla art-hlass shades gilt chandelier and flower bouquet. Franco Luce Seguso chandelier with five handblown Murano glass leaves, wh...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Amber Murano Glass Discs Italian Chandeliers, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is formed by 24 honey discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on floor levels. Nine lights. Measures: Height without chain 50 cm. Available also with white and p...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Barovier & Toso Mid-Century Modern Opaline Murano Glass Chandelier, 1972
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Murano, Venezia
Designed in 1972 by Barovier & Toso, this chandelier contains 65 opaline-colored elements. The chandelier can be reconditioned according to the country of destination. It has 10 lig...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Vistosi Midcentury Amber Murano Glass Discs Italian Chandeliers, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is formed by 24 honey discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on floor levels. Nine lights. Measures: Height without chain 50 cm. Available also with white discs.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Hollywood Regency Murano Glass Calla Lily Chandelier by Franco Luce, Italy 1970s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Elegant Hollywood Regency chandelier by Franco Luce with five large Murano glass calla lilies, gold plated brass structure, Italy, 1970s. The glass globes are in very good condition,...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Pink Murano Glass Disc Chandelier Italian Design by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Murano glass discs amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. Available also with white and ambe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Chandelier, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
The 24 discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on three levels.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Charming Pair of Vistosi Chandeliers, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
24 Murano discs for each chandelier mounted on three levels: 12+8+4 amethyst glass handblown.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Pink Amethyst Murano Disc Chandelier, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of Vistosi chandelier, each made with 50 pink Murano discs. Available also with a withe or amber discs. Chrome frame with nine E14 light bulbs. Adaptable to any el...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Felci Fern Clear Glass Barovier and Toso Murano Chandelier, 1970s
By Venini, Barovier&Toso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Great midcentury chandelier. Four tiers of Felci elements to tightly fence the bulb and the hardware. Clear glass for a greater light output, the design on the leaves amplifies the ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Felci Fern Opaline Glass Barovier & Toso Murano Glass Chandelier, 1970s
By Venini, Barovier&Toso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Great midcentury chandelier. Four tiers of Felci elements to tightly fence the bulb and the hardware. Hard to find true opaline glass which shows his unique fading from blue to amb...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Fabulous Chandelier Amethyst or Pink Murano Glass Discs by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 87 Murano glass discs Amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in six rows, forming a pyramid. A pair is available.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Majestic Chandelier Amethyst or Pink Murano Glass Discs by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Murano glass discs amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. A pair is available. DIMENSIONS H ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Majestic Chandelier Amethyst or Pink Murano Glass Discs by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Murano glass discs Amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. A pair is available.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Pendant Lamp in the Style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Pendant lamp with hand-sculpted glass Verde Nilo in the style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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

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Brass

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

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Brass

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

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Brass, Gold Plate

Large Three Glass Panel Pendant Light by Mazzega
By Mazzega
Located in New York, NY
Large midcentury Murano glass pendant light by Mazzega. The three clear and smoky glass elements come together to form a bowl shape. This is suspended by a brass rod and canopy whic...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Murano Art Glass and Brass Italian Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Fantastic round chandelier in Murano glass and polished brass. Note the shape of the rods with which it is formed. Murano chandelier in art glass and brass. Formed by a circular str...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Round Pink Polyhedra Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid Murano glass chandelier with a particular transparent pink color. Its design is also very particular round but pyramidal in height. The chandelier has a white iron structur...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Murano Round Polychrome Polyhedra Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid Murano glass chandelier with a particular polychromy ranging from transparent to amber and then to bronze color. Its design is also very particular round but flattened in he...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Round Ambra / White Color Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary ambra / white color for this Murano chandelier, a ambra color with a unique transparency. Its ambra and white color is really guessed for a different and original chand...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Mazzega Murano Round Blue Color Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary blue color for this "Mazzega" Murano chandelier, a blue color with a unique transparency. Its blue color is really guessed for a different and original chandelier from ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Art Glass Midcentury Italian Chandelier, 1970
By Murano 5
Located in Rome, IT
Something really incredible this Murano chandelier. Amazing design from the 1970s, due to its very particular shape of these large glass stalactites. Very elegant, will furnish and d...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Art Glass Midcentury Italian Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Something really incredible this Murano chandelier. Amazing design from the 1970s, due to its very particular shape of these large glass stalactites. Very elegant, will furnish and d...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Round Blu Sky / White Color Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary blue sky / white color for this Murano chandelier, a blue sky color with a unique transparency. Its blue sky and white color is really guessed for a different and origi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Murano Round Art Glass and Brass Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
By Murano 5
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant sinuous and Stellar Murano glass chandelier, very essential and linear in shape but really beautiful. Elegance also due to the beautiful workmanship of the glasses. Coming f...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Amber Art Glass Midcentury Italian Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Something really incredible this Murano chandelier. Amazing design from the 1970s, due to its very particular shape of these long triangular rods. Very elegant, will furnish and deco...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Round Blue Art Glass and Brass Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant sinuous and Stellar Murano glass chandelier, very essential and linear in shape but really beautiful. Elegance also due to the beautiful workmanship of the blue glasses. Com...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Glass and Brass More Color Midcentury Italian Chandeliers, 1970
By Murano 5
Located in Rome, IT
Murano chandelier from the middle of the century, more colors. (pink, light blue and light brown). Round shaped, formed by a large metal structure, where Murano colored glass plates...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Chromed Steel Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern chromed steel chandelier, 1970s Chromed chandelier with steel lampshade, chromed outside and white inside. Excellent condition, system checked and wor...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Spiral-Shaped Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern spiral-shaped chandelier, 1970s Spiral-shaped chandelier with lampshade composed of various concentric curved plastic blades with central detail. Good ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Mid-Century Italian Chandelier by Sciolari, circa 1970
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian mid-century Sciolari chandelier is made of polished brass and clear glass stick rods in the holders. This chandelier includes E14 bulbs: 11 pcs. lighting down and 9 pcs. li...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Chandelier by Sciolari, circa 1970
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian mid-century chandelier is made of chrome and brass metal with clear glass elements in the holders. This chandelier includes 6 pieces. E14 bulbs.     
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Pair of Italian Murano Glass and Chrome Chandeliers, circa 1970s
By Vintage Italian Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning pair of Italian made chandeliers executed in chrome and Murano glass. The chandeliers date from the early to mid-1970s and they are in good condition, the chrome shows some...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Vintage Glass Chandelier Mazzega Chandelier, Italy, 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Vienna, AT
This chandelier by Mazzega, Italy, 1970 has a chromed metal construction and four yellow and clear glass shades. The chandelier lights with six E 14 bulbs. To hang up with a chain a...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier Hat Murano Glass, 1970
By Maestri Muranesi
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Modern but elegant hat chandelier in Murano glass, a suspension to be placed on worktops or simply in the center of a room. Illuminate widely and evenly. The plate alone measures ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier Hat Murano Glass, 1970
By Maestri Muranesi
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Modern but elegant hat chandelier in Murano glass, a suspension to be placed on worktops or simply in the center of a room. Illuminate widely and evenly. The plate alone measures ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Twelve-Light Chrome Chandelier, 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Barntrup, DE
Italian 1970s chrome chandelier with twelve cylindrical lights arranged in a circular formation with six-light on the top and six on the bottom, twelve sockets for E14 size light bul...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Glossy White Plexiglass Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern glossy white plexiglass chandelier, 1970s Glossy white plexiglass chandelier with pill-shaped lampshade and black metal details, 1970s Electrical syste...
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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

Italian Mid-Century Modern Pearl White Glass Cascade Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern white glass Cascade chandelier, 1970s Cascade chandelier composed of a round steel plate and suspended chains of different sizes, to which white glass rod...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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Midcentury Italian Chandelier 1970 For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury Italian chandelier 1970 you’re looking for. Frequently made of metal, glass and murano glass, every midcentury Italian chandelier 1970 was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury Italian chandelier 1970, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Each midcentury Italian chandelier 1970 bearing Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury Italian chandelier 1970 that is appealing in its simplicity, but Gaetano Sciolari, Mazzega Murano and Venini produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Italian Chandelier 1970?

Prices for a midcentury Italian chandelier 1970 start at $1 and top out at $75,000 with the average selling for $3,099.

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.