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Mid Century Modern Milk Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Surrey, BC
Mid Century Modern pendant lights, salvaged from the Blue Bonnet horse racing track in Montreal, Quebec. The lights feature nickel-plated stems and distinct milk glass shades. Re-wir...
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Vintage 1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

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

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Milk Glass

1960s Mid-Century Modern Nickeled Pole Pendant Light with Milk Glass Globe
Located in New York, NY
1960s Mid-Century Modern white milk glass globe with rare down light shaped shade. This pendant light comes with the original nickel plated brass pole fitter. This can be seen at our...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Nickel

1960s Mid-Century Modern Pendant Light with White Milk Glass Shade in Nickel
Located in New York, NY
1960s Mid-Century Modern white milk glass pendant light that has the original nickel over brass pole fitter. The milk glass globe is a contemporary shape with a bottom opening for a ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Milk Glass Pendant attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern pendants or chandeliers attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958. The pieces are composed a black enameled metal and brass collar which supports a conica...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Milk Glass Pendant by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in New York, NY
A Timeless Italian Mid-Century Modern mold blown glass pendant / chandelier or lantern in the form of a teardrop by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte. The piece is elegantly blown into se...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Blown Glass

Five German Milk Glass Pendants
Located in Houston, TX
Five German milk glass pendants: interesting, mid-century modern milk glass shades as pendants finished with brass hardware. Fabricated circa 1950s in Germany. Newly wired for use wi...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rare Industrial Milk Glass Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare industrial milk glass pendant. Designed and manufactured in the United States in the early 1900s. Milk glass, with all original patinated brass hardware and four way bulb cluste...
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Antique Early 1900s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of four Mid Century Pendant Fixtures with Spherical Milk Glass Globes
By Kurt Versen
Located in Surrey, BC
Set of eight pendant fixtures with spherical milk glass globes and satin chrome finished fittings. The eight-inch stems are currently in a short, flush mount style. However, the stem...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

2 Italian Modern Neoclassical Brass & Milk Glass Ball Pendants / Flush Mounts
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern neoclassical brass chandeliers / pendants / lanterns/ flush mount fixtures in a rare design embracing the modern, the neoclassical and the neo-baro...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Milk Glass Cube Pendant Light
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury pendant light features a 6 inch milk glass cube shade with aluminum fitter on 56 inches of steel chain link to hang at an overall height of 64 inches.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass, Enamel and Waffle Milk Glass Globe Chandeliers
Located in New York, NY
This refined pair of Mid-Century Modern pendants were realized in the Czech Republic circa 1950. The feature graphic domed shades with a rectilinear "waffle" grid pattern in relief o...
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of milk glass, copper New Cabling 1x E27 or E26 socket Height may shorten Re-polished Original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
H 25.2 in. W 9.06 in. D 9.06 in.
Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of milk glass, brass New cabling 1x E27 or E26 bulb With aged patina Re-polished Original condition US wiring compatible.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
  • Mid-Century Glass Pendant, 1960's
H 29.93 in. W 14.18 in. D 14.18 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Pendants / Suspension Fixtures
By Stilnovo, Bruno Chiarini
Located in New York, NY
Two Italian Mid-Century Modern satin milk glass fixtures / pendants / suspension lights / lanterns by Bruno Chiarini attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1960. The pieces can hang as suspen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1958 Modernist Milk Glass Globe Pendant Lights
By Lightolier
Located in Surrey, BC
Classic modern milk glass globe pendant lights. Currently hanging at 30” high but could be adjusted to meet your design requirements. Re-wired and inspected/approved to current elect...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Milk Glass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chandelier Pendant Metal Glass 1950s France
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-century modern vintage chandelier or pendant style Mathieu Matégot, from multicolored metal and milk glass, France 1950s. A playful chandelier with a white lacquered metal baske...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Sheet Metal

J.T. Kalmar Milk Glass Pendant
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of two J.T. Kalmar milk glass pendants from the 1960s. Fitted with one E27 socket. The lenght of the cable is adjustable (shortabeI) now about 200cm. (78.74in) Dimension of t...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

  • J.T. Kalmar Milk Glass Pendant
  • J.T. Kalmar Milk Glass Pendant
  • J.T. Kalmar Milk Glass Pendant
  • J.T. Kalmar Milk Glass Pendant
H 78.75 in. Dm 4.73 in.
Minimalistic Mid-Century Modern Brass & Glass UFO Pendant Lamp Germany, 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern space age UFO pendant lamp or hanging light. Designed and manufactured probably in Germany, 1950s. Executed in brass and milk glass, ...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo Pendant Chandelier Lamp Black Opal Glass, Mid-Century Modern, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Stilnovo pear-shaped ball suspension lamp with 3 shades Italy, circa 1950 Wonderful and rare example of a nest of Mid Century ceiling fixtures in original condition. Beautiful penda...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Blown Milk Glass and Chrome Midcentury Light Fixture
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Midcentury Italian modern flower shape blown milk glass with cobalt trim and chrome pistils light fixture chandelier.  
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Brass White Opaline Milk Glass Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
White industrial hanging lamp. Brass and opaline glass. Weight: 1.44 kg / 3.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for i...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Diffused Dome Pendant Light
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, pendant light features a painted aluminum dome shade with chrome trim and stem with diffused milk glass interior. The pendant takes 2 bulbs up to 100 watts each. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Hollywood Regency Onion Shape Milk Glass Swag Pendant Light
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury, Hollywood Regency, garlic or onion shaped, swag, pendant light features blown milk glass shade encased in a brass-toned, steel frame. The pendant is newly wired with 6 fe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Midcentury Ribbed Milk Glass & Brass Globe Pendant, Stilnovo 'attr.'
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This midcentury lantern was designed and manufactured in Italy in the 1950s to 1960s. It features a ribbed milk glass globe with brass hardware and a brass canopy. A simple, eleg...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Opaline Glass Vintage Mid-Century Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass industrial Bauhaus pendant. Weight 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass, Milk Glass

Lamp Opal Glass, Mid Century Modern, Italy
By Tito Agnoli, Carlo Nason
Located in Vienna, AT
Pendant lamp attributed Tito Agnoli, Italy, 1960 Very subtle, beautiful light with great illuminating qualities featuring an opal glass shade covered by another slightly smoked sh...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

White Opaline Milk Glass Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights by Philips
By Philips
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline milk glass pendant. 2 meter black wire Weight: 1.50 kg / 3.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandesce...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

White Opaline Milk Glass Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights by Philips
By Philips
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline milk glass pendant. 2 meter black wire Weight: 1.60 kg / 3.5 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandesce...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Gourd-Form Brushed Brass and Milk Glass Pendant Light
Located in Chicago, IL
Ribbed and brushed brass gourd form pendant hanging light fixture, with a milk glass internal shade. Detailed with brushed brass balls. Similar to some designs by Gerald Thurston for...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Temde Raffia Teak and Milk Glass Pendant, Switzerland 1960s
By Temde Leuchten
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This unusual Mid-Century Modern pendant was designed and manufactured by TEMDE Leuchten in Switzerland in the 1960s. It features a large round raffia lamp shade, a white milk glas...
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Raffia, Milk Glass, Teak

1960s Mid Century Concentric Circle Milk Glass Dish Saucer Light
Located in New York, NY
1960s white milk glass dish saucer light with concentric circle details. Mid-Century Modern Space Age design. The fitter is made of nickel. Variations of the fitters are available,...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

White Opaline Milk Glass Vintage European Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass pendant. Metal with brass top. Size: 2 meter / 80" black wire 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international st...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brass, Teak and Glass Chandelier
By Kaiser
Located in Weesp, NL
Sophisticated, elegant and stylish Mid-Century Modern brass, Teak and milk glass chandelier made by Primat Kaiser in the 1960s. The chandelier is in fantastic condition and the chal...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Brass, Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass, Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass, Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass, Teak and Glass Chandelier
H 40.95 in. W 20.48 in. D 20.48 in.
Midcentury Chandelier Pendant Milk Glass Chrome Metal Style of Stilnovo 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, IT
Chandelier designed in the style of Stilnovo in Italy during the 1960s. The chandelier has a yellow enamelled metal structure that supports 7 milky glass bowls and chromed definitions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Large Polished Aluminum and Milk Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Pound Ridge, NY
Impressive large-scale pendant light, polished metal fittings with brass detail and an impressive handblown milk glass shade. Pair available. Avantgarden Ltd. cultivates unexpected a...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Maria Teresa Milk Glass & Brass Chandelier with Crystal and Opalescent Pendants
Located in New York, NY
Maria Teresa rare brass chandelier with milk glass frame, clear crystal pendants, opalescent glass acorn pendants and crystal and opalescent garlands. Made in Italy during the 1950's...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Italian Modern Brass and Milk Glass Chandelier by Lamperti
By Lamperti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive 1970s chandelier by Lamperti composed of three spherical milk glass shades housed in anodized aluminum 'cradles,' all supported by tubular brass stems / canopy. Elegant fo...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Aluminum

Vintage European White Opaline Milk Glass Brass Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass pendant. 2 meter / 80" black wire 2.20 kg / 4.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage George Nelson Faceted Milk Glass Geometric Pendant Globe Lamp Light
By George Nelson
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Very rare George Nelson (attributed) poly triangular icosahedron globe pendant light. Originally procured from an old Midwest music store demolished in the 1980s and these lights wer...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Milk Glass

Milk Glass/Clear Glass Pendant Light with Gold Chain and Cap
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Nice hanging lamp with white and clean glass as well as a white diffuser. This lamps looks great when light is on and also when its not. This would look great in a hall way or over a...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Snow Ball Pendant Lights Doria Leuchten
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Snow Ball pendant Lights with bubble texture. Frosted white molded glass snow ball pendants, Doria Leuchten, Germany 1970's. Chrome shafts supporting textu...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Milk Glass

Stunning Philips Milk Glass Spider Chandelier
By Phillips
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Philips midcentury chandelier with 6 assorted milk glass shades. Hardware in very used and original condition. Some of the canopies have had structural additions. All have b...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

1960s Large Italian White Globe Pendant Light; Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in New York, NY
1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern spherical globe pendant light fixture. Featuring brass hardware. Small quantity available at time of posting. Please inquire. Priced each. This can b...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1960s
By Vitrika
Located in Praha, CZ
- very beautiful style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

1960s Mid-Century Modern Schoolhouse Globe Pendant Light with Brass Hardware
Located in New York, NY
1960s white milk glass schoolhouse globe nicely matched to new brass hardware. Small quantity available at time of posting. Please inquire. Priced each. This can be seen at our 400 G...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Geometric Rectangular Milk Glass Panel Chandelier
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
Rectangular milk glass panel chandelier with brass fittings, in the style of Robert Sonneman. One socket, with 150w. maximum wattage.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

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Brass

G.C.M.E Suspension Chandelier Lamp Opal Glass, Mid Century Modern, Italy
By G.C.M.E, Memphis Milano
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare suspension lamp by G.C.M.E Italy, circa 1960- Wonderful and large 35“ x 20“ example of a radical design chandelier G.C.M.E suspension light. So many things come to mind seeing...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Stilnovo Chandeliers 1 of 2 Black Opal Glass, Mid-Century Modern, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
1 out of 2 large Stilnovo square lamps Italy, circa 1955- Sold and priced individually Cool pair of midcentury ceiling fixtures in original condition. Both are running on neon tub...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Rare Milk Glass Flushmount Ceiling Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare industrial milk glass flushmount ceiling light. Designed and manufactured in the United States in the early 1900s milk glass, with all original patinated brass hardware and two ...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Vintage Milk Glass Globe Pendant with Antique Brass Canopy
Located in New York, NY
A large voluminous globe lightens up all directions and creates a simple, elegant statement for any room. Some minor blemishes and scratches on a glass globe, and a cut line presents...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Italian Oval Chandelier, circa 1950
By Arredoluce
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare chandelier made in Italy in the 1950s, glasses are in perfect conditions, brass is in original patina that gives it a vibrant vintage look. It works both 110-240 volts and nee...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Opaline Glass Pendant Attributed to Stilnovo, Italy circa 1958
By Stilnovo
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning Italian lamp attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958. Elegant pendant lamp with striped satin white glass and brass accents. See the lovely details on the pictures. The l...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Glass Chandelier Rupert Nikoll 1950s Vienna
By Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
This Mid-Century Modern vintage brass chandelier with 5 patterned cone milk glass shades was designed and made by Rupert Nikoll, 1950s Vienna. The chandelier is labeled. Also the b...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Pendant in Hand Blown Murano Glass with Citrus Accent
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Mid-Century Modernist pendant featuring a hand blown murano glass dome which is accentuated with vertical citrus-hued stripes. It also features a solid brass rod and cano...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Milk Glass

Yellow and Milk Glass Pendant Lamp by Peill & Putzler, 1960s, Germany
By Peill & Putzler
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Yellow and milk glass pendant lamp by Peill & Putzler, 1960s, Germany Unusual and rare design. Lampshade is in good condition and very clean. This lamp works with E27 ligh...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Globe Hanging Light
Located in East Hampton, NY
Beautiful vivid colored glass that look like sea glass with white glass discs. Brass frame and canopy. Single light to interior, Edison style and takes up to 100 watts. The LED light...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Swedish, Organic Chandelier, Brass, Milk Glass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A ceiling light / chandelier light. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s-1950s. Features brass and frosted glass / milk glass with simple ornamentation impressed. Stated heig...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Milk Glass Chandelier
Located in Vienna, AT
Space age chandelier made of polished brass with nine round white opaline glass shades from the 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

MCM Blown Milk Glass Large Globe Pendant Light by Lite Trend of La Palma CA
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous Lite Trend of La Palma, California vintage blown milk glass large globe pendant light 15 ft. hanging cord. Wonderful vintage condition. No flaws detected. Please see photos,...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Milk Glass, Cord

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Midcentury Modern Pendant Milk Glass For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of midcentury modern pendant milk glass available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, milk glass and metal, every item from our selection of midcentury modern pendant milk glass was constructed with great care. Find 399 options for an antique or vintage choice in our collection of midcentury modern pendant milk glass now, or shop our selection of 10 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without an object in our assortment of midcentury modern pendant milk glass — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right option in this array of midcentury modern pendant milk glass, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. Stilnovo, Kamenicky Senov and Philips each produced at least one beautiful piece of midcentury modern pendant milk glass that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Pendant Milk Glass?

Prices for a piece of midcentury modern pendant milk glass start at $1 and top out at $24,900 with the average selling for $1,394.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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.