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Pair of Murano Mid Century Glass Sconces
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
#2-4008, pair triangle glass sconces on nickel backplate. Has raised clear glass on white background Take one 60 watt candelabra base bulb.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Italian Glass Sconces with Brass Fittings
Located in Troy, MI
Pair of Italian circa 1970s sconces with double layer of folded satin glass and brass fittings. Unknown maker. Each sconce has one standard sized socket. New wiring for US electrical...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Glamorous Italian Glass Sconces by Camer
By Camer Glass
Located in Atlanta, GA
Glamorous Italian glass sconces by Camer, Italy, circa 1960s. They have been rewired and are ready to mount. They look incredible when lit.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

  • Glamorous Italian Glass Sconces by Camer
  • Glamorous Italian Glass Sconces by Camer
  • Glamorous Italian Glass Sconces by Camer
  • Glamorous Italian Glass Sconces by Camer
H 22 in. W 11.5 in. D 6.25 in.
Mid Century Murano Glass Pair of Italian Sconces
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Pair of Italian wall lamps with a brass structure and crystals with a flower shape in different colors . Italy 70's.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

  • Mid Century Murano Glass Pair of Italian Sconces
  • Mid Century Murano Glass Pair of Italian Sconces
  • Mid Century Murano Glass Pair of Italian Sconces
  • Mid Century Murano Glass Pair of Italian Sconces
H 10.63 in. W 8.67 in. D 5.12 in.
4 Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
4 Italian Mid-Century (1940's) wall sconces with a clear Murano glass bell shaped shade with a white swirl design supported by a fluted brass bracket (PRICED EACH)
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Early 20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Sconces
By Angelo Lelii
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant Italian double shade sconces reminiscent of an Angelo Lelli design for Arredoluce. These sconces are soft yet pronounced. Candelabra based sockets.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Wood, Blown Glass

  • Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Italian Mid-Century Sconces
H 11 in. W 11 in. D 6 in.
Pair of sconces in blown Murano Glass Black & White Camer Glass 1960s Italy
By Camer Glass
Located in Villaverla, IT
Modern and elegant Italian Venetian, pair of sconces, blown Murano glass, black and white, attributed to Camer Glass, 1960s. Pair of Murano Glass sconces, attributed to Camer Glass, ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Murano Brass Glass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940's) brass and ebonized wood 2 arm wall sconce with amber Murano glass bowl shades with scalloped top.
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20th Century Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Venetian Sconces in Blown Murano Glass, Blue Charming, Camer Glass, 1960
By Camer Glass
Located in Villaverla, IT
Italian Venetian sconces in blown Murano glass, blue charming, attributed to Camer Glass, 1960s. The sconces are composed by a quite huge bowl in blue charming called submersed thank...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Murano Glass Set of Six Italian Sconces
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of six Italian wall lamps with a brass structure and crystals with a flower shape in different colors . Italy 70's.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Large Italian Mid-Century Sconce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large single Mid-Century sconce from Italy. Beautiful mélange of wood, blown glass and brass. Fully rewire for use in the US.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Large Italian Mid-Century Sconce
  • Large Italian Mid-Century Sconce
  • Large Italian Mid-Century Sconce
  • Large Italian Mid-Century Sconce
H 21 in. W 10 in. D 7.5 in.
Italian Mid-Century Venini Murano Glass Sconces
By Venini
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern sconces by Venini. Having a brass frame and beautiful glass prisms. Each of the prisms are solid glass, measuring 8 inches each. Three available.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Italian Mid-Century Venini Murano Glass Sconces
By Venini
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern sconces by Venini. Having a brass frame and beautiful glass prisms. Each of the prisms are solid glass, measuring 11 inches each. Three available.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Pair of Veca Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Sconces
By VECA
Located in Beirut, LB
A pair of Mid-Century Modern sconces incorporating six blue and green glass panels that are attached to a small chromed metal frame. Each sconce has one candelabra socket and it can ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Veca Mid-Century Modern Pair of Italian Glass Sconces
By VECA
Located in Miami, FL
Veca Mid-Century Modern Pair of Italian Glass Sconces A pair of large Mid-Century Modern sconces incorporating six blue glass panels that are attached to a small chromed metal frame...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Sconces with Three Conical Glass Shades
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large 1960s sconces composed of three frosted glass conical shades on a brass frame.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Gio Ponti Murano Italian Mid-Century Colorful Glass Sconces
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
5 Italian mid-century (1950s) multicolored Murano glass wall sconces with two arms and clear shades with a colored scalloped edge. (attributed to GIO PONTI) (priced each).     
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Glass Sconces 1970, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
These presented wall sconces are up to nine rhomboid brass sconces with etched glass shades and the wall sconces were designed in Milano, Italy, 1970. Each wall sconce has one socke...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass and Bronze Wall Sconce
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940s) wall sconce with two clear Murano white feather form glass arms emanating from a rectangular bronze bracket with rope design.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bronze

Mid-Century Big Italian Sconce Yellow Brass White Glass, 1950
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Particular large sconce Italian mid-century design.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Sconce Murano Glass Barovier Design Italian Mid-century Modern
By Ercole Barovier
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Sconce Murano Glass Barovier Design Italian Mid-century Modern
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

1960s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Italian Wall Sconces
By Stilnovo
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two brass and glass wall sconces made in Italy in the Sixties. Brass it's in original patina and th glasses are in perfect condition, they work both 110-240 volts and need regular e1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Sconce Glass Murano Brass Gold Classic Design Round Glass
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Midcentury Italian sconce glass Murano brass gold Classic design round glass. Very interesting solid brass workmanship, with Murano glass bubble with perforated brass crown, mo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Stilnovo Italian Mid-Century Brass Glass Sconce Wall Lamp, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Modena, IT
Mid-Century Modern design big Italian sconce wall lamp produced by Stilnovo, with brass frame and thickly ground crystal and frosted glass diffusers, 1960s When the lamp is switched...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Single Mid-Century Modern Italian Sconce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant modern scone from Mid-Century, Italy. Blown glass, perforated steel and brass materials. (One) candelabra E14 based socket per sconce. Ready for use in the US.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

  • Single Mid-Century Modern Italian Sconce
  • Single Mid-Century Modern Italian Sconce
  • Single Mid-Century Modern Italian Sconce
  • Single Mid-Century Modern Italian Sconce
H 14.25 in. W 5.5 in. D 8 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Rectangular Murano glass sconces, newly wired.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
H 9.75 in. W 7 in. D 4.5 in.
Pair Italian Mid-Century Venini Style Pair Sconces Murano Glass Tube
By Venini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair Italian mid-century Venini style pair sconces Murano glass tube.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Venetian / Murano Glass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of elegant and sober modern wall lights in thick clear Venetian glass in an ice glass pattern.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Set of Mid Century Italian Glass Sconces, Sold Per Pair
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Italian mid-century molded murano glass sconces with two interior lights each. Sold per pair. Measurements: Height: 9" Width: 11" Depth: 6"   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Art Glass

One Long Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano 'Ice' Glass Wall Sconce
Located in New York, NY
1 Long, Italian mid-century Modern Venetian glass wall light in a thick, Ice Glass. Suitable for many applications including lining the border of a bath mirror.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Italian Mid-Century doubles sconces, each sconce newly rewired for two 60 watt candelabra bulbs.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces
H 12 in. W 10 in. D 4.5 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Italian Cobalt Blue Glass Sconces by Veca
By Fontana Arte, VECA, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning pair of mid-century Italian cobalt blue glass sconces by Veca. These beautiful Italian Fontana Arte style sconces are comprised of sheets of cobalt blue glass on chrome stru...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Four Italian Mid-Century Modern Venetian /Murano Glass Sconces, Attr. Barovier
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
4 elegant large handblown Venetian glass wall lights in the modern neoclassical style attributed to Barovier e Toso. Priced individually and sold individually
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern, Mazzega Italian Murano Art Glass Wall Sconces, Italy 1970
By Mazzega
Located in Catania, IT
These wall sconces were made in the 70s in Italy in Murano glass for the “Mazzega” company of Venice. Each piece is equipped with 2 light sockets (E14). A professional electrician c...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

4 Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano / Venetian Glass Sconces by Leucos
By Leucos Design Lab
Located in New York, NY
4 elegant handblown Venetian glass wall lights in a sober, modern style with thick clear glass blown into a mottled pattern and held to the wall by minimalist solid bronze pieces fo...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Curved Etched Glass Sconce, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Original wall lamp in brass and etched and silk-screened curved glass with a scene of a battle in the age of ancient Rome.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Brass and Glass Wall Sconce, 1970s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a Murano wall sconce, made of brass and glass, circa 1960s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 16.5" W x 9" D x 18" H.       
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Smoked Glass Sconces by Veca
By VECA, Venini
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern high quality smoked glass scones by Veca.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Wall Mid-Century Italian Sconce, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Wall Mid-Century Italian sconce, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Wall Mid-Century Italian Sconce, 1950s
  • Wall Mid-Century Italian Sconce, 1950s
  • Wall Mid-Century Italian Sconce, 1950s
  • Wall Mid-Century Italian Sconce, 1950s
H 13 in. W 11.82 in. D 5.52 in.
Ultra Chic Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Triedre Cut-Crystal Camer Sconces
By Camer Glass
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Triedre cut-crystal Camer sconces. This pair of sconces is comprised of individually hung Camer Triedre cut-crystal rods, descending from top to bottom,...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Murano Sconces with Textured Glass Design
By Mazzega
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hand blown Mid-Century Modern glass wall lights with ice glass design. The sconces feature curved glass plates with textured details and amber colored accents. Fitted with a curved b...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano / Venetian Diamond Glass Sconces
By AVMazzega
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Murano glass sconces in a curved form with thick opaque glass. The glass pattern is in a diamond form with incised straight lines underneath the diamond...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Brilliant Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Camer Crystal Sconces with Chrome Frame
By Camer Glass
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modernist sconces were realized in Italy, circa 1970. They feature a graphic demilune design with an abundance of quadretti camer crystals hanging f...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Mid-Century Italian Glass and Brass Wall Sconce, circa 1965
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A mid-century Italian glass and brass sconce circa 1965.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

2 of Pairs Italian Mid-Century Modern Venetian / Murano Glass Sconces, Barovier
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
Two pairs of elegant large Italian midcentury hand blown Venetian glass wall lights / sconces in the modern neoclassical style attributed to Barovier e Toso. Priced and sold by th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Rod Sconces
By Massimo Scolari
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Italian Mid-century Modern glass sconces by Gaetano Sciolari. Crafted using many small rods of glass supported by nickel-plated backs. 110634   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Sconces with Glass Rods
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of brass sconces with glass rods.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass La Murrina Sconces by Leucos, 1970s
By Leucos
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano glass La Murrina sconces by Leucos, 1970s Pair of La Murrina wall lamps in murano glass with white glass lampshade with geometric motifs, with atta...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Large Murano Wall Sconces Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of large and heavy set wall sconces handmade in Murano glass as well as structures custom made for this particular glass. by Mazzega. Each sconce contains large pieces of clea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Mid Century Large Murano Wall Sconces Italy
  • Mid Century Large Murano Wall Sconces Italy
  • Mid Century Large Murano Wall Sconces Italy
  • Mid Century Large Murano Wall Sconces Italy
H 20.48 in. W 9.85 in. D 6.3 in.
Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
By Stilnovo
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of applique in polished brass and opal glass. In the style of Stilnovo in Italy in the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Oluce Italian Mid-Century Sconces Glass and Metal Wall Lamps, 1960s
By Oluce
Located in Modena, IT
Oluce Italian mid-century sconces wall lamps produced by Oluce from 1960, burnished brass frame and pressed glass diffusers, adjustable in height, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Wall Sconce Mid Century Italian Design Brass Glass Gold Old Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Wall sconce mid century Italian design brass glass gold old Stilnovo.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Set of Italian Mid Century Blue Glass Sconces, Sold Per Pair
Located in New York, NY
A set of four circa 1950's Moderne Italian clear and blue glass sconces with interior lights. Sold per pair. Measurements: Height: 20.5" Width: 3.5" Depth: 3".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Venini Murano Glass Set of Four Italian Sconces, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of four Murano glass sconces with steel structure. Edited by Venini. Italy, 1960s. Our main target is customer satisfaction, so we include in the price for this item professiona...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Large VECA Blue Mid-Century Modern Glass Chrome Wall Sconce, Italy, 1960s
By VECA
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning blue glass blades large sconce by VECA with chrome details, made in Italy in the late 1960s. In perfect working condition and uses one tubular neon Light max. 60 watts. Co...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Mid-Century Italian Sconce Brass Gold Murano Glass 1950s Arredoluce Style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-Century Italian Sconce Brass Gold Murano Glass 1950s Arredoluce Style . 3 Light Bulbs E14 max 40 Watt Each.
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
By Stilnovo
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of applique in polished brass and opal glass. In the style of Stilnovo in Italy in the 1950s. The appliques have been completely restored and polished.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
  • Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
  • Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
  • Stilnovo Style Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
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Sconces Italian Mid-Century Design, 1950s Minimal
By Arredoluce
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Sconces Italian Mid-Century design 1950s minimal.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Arles, FR
A fine pair of Murano wall sconces in the style of Jules Leleu with hand cut elements made of altuglas. Each sconce measures 12 1/2" W x 7 3/4" H x 6 3/4" D. Currently not wired, e...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Nickel

  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
  • Pair of Mid-Century Murano Glass Sconces
H 7.75 in. W 12.50 in. D 6.75 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Murano Gold Dusted Glass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century (1940's) Venetian Murano "RUGIADA" gold dusted and textured glass sconces with fluted fan shape and applied glass edge. (PRICED AS Pair)
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Early 20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

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Midcentury Italian Glass Sconce For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury Italian glass sconce you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, metal and brass, every midcentury Italian glass sconce was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a midcentury Italian glass sconce, we have 348 options in-stock, while there are 12 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury Italian glass sconce — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury Italian glass sconce, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Hollywood Regency styles are of considerable interest. Barovier&Toso, Mazzega Murano and Stilnovo each produced at least one beautiful midcentury Italian glass sconce that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Italian Glass Sconce?

Prices for a midcentury Italian glass sconce start at $243 and top out at $19,897 with the average selling for $2,096.

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 Wall Lights and Sconces for You

From the kitchen to the bedroom and everywhere in between, there is one major part of home decor that you definitely want to master: lighting. It’s no longer merely practical — carefully selected wall lights and sconces can do wonders in establishing mood and highlighting your distinctive personality.

We’re a long way from the candelabra-inspired chandeliers of the medieval era. Lighting designers have been creating and reinventing lighting solutions for eons. Because of the advancements crafted by these venturesome makers, we now have the opportunity to bring unique, customizable lighting solutions into our homes. It’s never been easier to create dramatic bedrooms, cozy kitchen areas and cheerful bars than it is today. Think of an elegant wall sconce as functional as well as a work of art, adding both light and style to your hallways, whimsical kids’ rooms and elsewhere.

When choosing a lighting solution, first determine what your needs are: Will you opt for a moody or a bright feel? The room that will serve as your home office will need adequate lighting — think “the brighter, the better” for this particular setting. For the bedroom, bedside wall lamps with warm-temperature bulbs could be the way to go to induce a sense of calm or intimacy. Try to match the style of the wall light or sconce that you’re installing to the overall design scheme of your room. It’s never “just a light.” You should approach the lighting of a room with a mindset that is one part practical and one part aesthetics-driven.

Let 1stDibs help you set the mood with the right wall lights and sconces for your home. Our collection includes every kind of fixture, from sculptural works by Austrian craftsman J.T. Kalmar to chic industrial-style wall sconces, from adjustable painted aluminum wall lamps designed by Artemide to a wide variety of minimalist mid-century modern masterpieces.