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Impressive Emil Stejnar Brass and Glass Sputnik Snowball Chandelier
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
Emil Stejnar snowball chandelier form 1960s, brass construction and gold colored socket covers accented with crystal flowers and beads. Eight E14 sockets.  
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Beige Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier in Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very elegant Sputnik brass chandelier featuring 20 lights, 20 solid brass rods ending with beige Murano glass bowls and brass rodes ending with an arrow. White lacquered steel cones....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1980s Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Two-Tone of Violet Polyhedron Murano Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
Murano polyhedron glasses designed by Carlo Scarpa. Four colors all together: dark violet and violet with a touch of amber and pink. 16 E14 light bulbs. Approximate weight 70 Kg.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Butterflies
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with flying butterflies in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Blue Flowers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half Sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with large blue flowers in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Flower Sputnik Chandelier by Emile Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s Sputnik chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Made of brass and hand-cut-glass crystals. It has 17 sockets for E14 bulbs ,in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Dandelion Sputnik Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1950s
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant snowball chandelier with enamel sputnik elements and crystal finals on a brass frame. Chandelier illuminates beautiful and gives a lot of light. Gem of the time. Designed by ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Stunning Kaiser Radial Sputnik Opal Glass Globes Chandelier, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning radial Sputnik chandelier with six opal glass globes by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Opal, Brass

Gorgeous Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier Glass Shades Vintage German, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Very decorative and beautiful chandelier made of brass, fitted with six E27 sockets with cone-shaped glass shades of striped etched glass. Made in Germany in the 1950s. The Fixture r...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

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

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Aluminum, Brass

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

1 of 2 Huge Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge mother of pearl colored Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandeliers. The chandeliers have a very impressing size and there are real eyecatchers in every room. The cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rare Large Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Emil Stejnar Sputnik Chandeliers, Brass Crystal Glass, 1950s
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of (a set of two) outstanding 1950s Viennese Sputnik / blowball / snowball chandeliers / pendant lights by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Original vintage pi...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Grand Sputnik Flush Ceiling Chandelier
By Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
A large Italian flush light in the style of Arredoluce Monza. Twenty-one light sources.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Exceptional Huge Atomic or Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge Murano glass, metal and brass chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and they are real eyecatchers in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Spike Chandelier, Clear Prismatic Elements, Murano
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Imposing Sputnik chandelier with spike prismatic shaped glass elements hold by a brushed brass rod. Murano glass pyramid in clear. Glass is shaped first on the bronzino and then pr...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Midcentury Italian Multi-Color 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier by Arredoluce, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This multi-color Sputnik chandelier was made in Italy in the 1950s and is attributed to Arredoluce, Monza.  It has got 12 bakelite bulb holders which request an E14 bulb each. The...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Twelve-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered bakelite bulb holders. The brass lamp rod can be s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier & Wall Lamps by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 1960s
By AB Markaryd, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Munich, DE
Set of elegant Mid-Century Modern chandelier and wall lamps. Designed probably by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden in 1960s. Executed in massive brass. The chandelier needs ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Spectacular Sputnik Chandelier with Snow Glass Balls, Doria, Germany, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, DE
Rare spectacular Sputnik flush mount with glass snowballs designed by Doria, Germany, 1970s Stunning shape and great light effect. All glass balls are in good condition. It needs ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Large 47 in. 'Sputnik' Chandelier in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
'Sputnik' chandeliers, brass, glass, Austria, 1960s Round like a ball this 'Sputnik' chandelier consists out of a center sphere from which many rods with glass spheres at their en...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eleven-light Sputnik chandelier shown in a brass finish, circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Style Sputnik Brass Disc Chandelier
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-century style Sputnik brass disc chandelier. A gorgeous fully made of brass Italian Sputnik chandelier, with 16 lights. It makes a warm and cozy light due to the light reflect...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modernist 1960s Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Kingston, NY
This wonderful Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik chandelier features a brass base with (12) opal glass bulbs. It is in excellent condition and has been newly rewired. Made in Germany,...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier is in good condition and is made out of solid brass features 24 arms. This lighting fixture has a sleek modern design, is wired to US stand...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Black and Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Gino Sarfatti
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning Italian Mid-Century black and brass sputnik chandelier. This unique and sculptural chandelier consists of 6 artfully balanced brass arms with blackened candelabra sockets...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandelier Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern brass and glass globe six-light Sputnik style chandelier. The frosted white globes are...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian 'Sputnik' Opaline Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A large stylish chandelier. Opaline tulip shaped glass shades, brass construction, black metal decorative 'spikes'. Sputnik style, 15 arms. Italy, c1960s. Good condit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Sputnik Chandelier, circa 1955
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Original Sputnik chandelier from the mid-1950s with 12-light for illumination. All brass with some minor tarnish, age related. Wiring is crisp and sound, has the original adjustable ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Era Brass Mid-Century Modern Italian Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a gorgeous Classic Sputnik chandelier. This chandelier measures 26 x 26 wide x 24 tall. It needs to be rewired as it is European.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Mid-Century Modern 24-Arm Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York City, NY
1950s Mid-Century Modern 24-arm brass Sputnik chandelier. Fully restored and rewired ready to use.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sputnik Brass Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sputnik brass chandelier Germany, 1960s 10 arms with candelabrum sockets.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
H 24 in. Dm 31.5 in.
Sputnik Brass Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sputnik brass chandelier Germany 1960s 10 arms with candelabra sockets.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
  • Sputnik Brass Chandelier
H 12 in. Dm 31.5 in.
1960s Mid-Century Modern Oscar Torlasco Attributed Sputnik Brass Chandelier
By Oscar Torlasco
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An eight lights solid brass chandelier made in Italy in the sixties, the arms look like lightnings, it works 110-240 volts and needs regular e14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Chandelier Sputnik, Atomic, 1970s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo, Arredoluce
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage modern Italian chandelier. Constructed with solid brass and aluminum shades painted in red color. Rewired and ready to go. It will require six (6) e...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Brass Chandelier Sixteen-Arm
By Stilnovo
Located in Voorburg, NL
Highly rare and beautiful Italian midcentury brass chandelier. Produced during the 1950s and in perfect original condition. This characteristic piece has been attributed to the Itali...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Brass Ten Lights Chandelier, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Sputnik brass ten lights chandelier, 1950s Sputnik style ten lights chandelier, with brass structure with curved arms and black plastic parts. 1950s. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Italian Chandelier
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Sputnik chandelier made of Murano glass spikes and brass rods fixed to a central brass lacquered orb. It requires twenty four light bulbs that are fixed to the central orb. Made in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent all brass 12-light Sputnik chandelier form the 1950s. In addition to the arms with bulbs there are 12 slightly shorter brass rods mixed in, giving this chandelier a very dy...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
H 34.65 in. Dm 23.63 in.
Stilnovo Mid-Century Modern Brass 16-Light Sputnik Chandelier, circa 1950
By Angelo Lelii, Stilnovo
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Sputnik chandelier made in Italy in the 1950s by Stilnovo, brass has been cleaned but maintain his vibrant vintage look, original wiring, triple type of lighting, 8-light up, eight...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Unusual brass Sputnik chandelier with its long central stem and curved arms giving the illusion of a planet in movement.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
H 47.25 in. Dm 27.56 in.
Huge Enamel & Brass Sputnik Chandelier, Mid-Century Modern, Stilnovo Style 1970s
By Stilnovo
Located in Dallas, TX
Extra large Mid-Century Modern ivory enamel and brass Sputnik chandelier, Italy, 1970s. The shape is round, but with different length of stems; giving the chandelier some dynamic im...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Style Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Italian Chandelier
Located in Madrid, ES
Sputnik chandelier made of teardrop shape Murano glass ends and brass rods fixed to a central brass orb. Light bulbs that are fixed to the central orb. Made in Italy. Our main tar...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandelier by Emil Stejnar
By Emil Stejnar
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Austrian "Sputnik" form chandelier by Emil Stejnar in brass with glass detailing at the end of each arm.
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20th Century Austrian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Big Brass Mid Century Sputnik Style Chandelier/ Pendant by Kaiser, 1970's
By Kaiser
Located in Praha, CZ
- Germany, 1970s - manufacturer: Kaiser - made of brass, glass - polished - height can be shortened.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Sputnik Chandelier Enamel & Brass in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant Italian Stilnovo style 6 lights brass chandelier with cream and yellow enameled socket caps. Chandelier illuminates beautifully and offers a lot of light. Gem from the time. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Style Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Italian Chandelier
Located in Ibiza, Spain
An impressive and very large Sputnik chandelier made of clear Murano glass shards and brass rods fixed to a central brass lacquered orb. Bulbs are coming from the brass rods ends and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

Amazing Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Brass Chandelier or Pendant Lamp, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Gorgeous twelve-flamed Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier or pendant lamp. Designed and manufactured in 1960s, Germany. Executed in brass. The chandelier needs 12 x E27 screw f...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Large 1960s Italian Mid Century Brass Starburst Sputnik Chandeliers
By Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
A grand pair of 1960s Italian brass starburst chandeliers. 24 light sources. Rewired and reconditioned. They came out of an Italian holiday resort. .
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo 18 Lights Sputnik Mid-Century Modern Brass Italian Chandelier, 1950
Located in Milano, IT
Stilnovo Exceptional chandelier sputnik 1950, brass. 18 light.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Italian Chandelier in Brass Pavo Tynell Attributed #2
By Paavo Tynell
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration a beautiful chandelier made in Italy, circa 1960s. Brass with glass and iron rods. Sputnik style. Unmarked, no information present on t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Italian Chandelier in Brass Paavo Tynell Attributed
By Paavo Tynell
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration a beautiful chandelier made in Italy, circa the 1960s. Brass with glass and iron rods. Sputnik style. Unmarked, no information present ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Iron

Italian Midcentury Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in London, GB
A vibrant multicolored and brass sputnik chandelier, from the Italian midcentury period. The eight arms supported from a central sphere and each ending in a colored bulb holder. Rewi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo Style Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Stamford, CT
Brass "Sputnik" chandelier in the style of Stilnovo, twelve brass arms ending in alternating ivory and charcoal enameled sockets. Newly polished and rewired. Measure: Curre...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Elegant Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Chandelier, 1960s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury chandelier made in Germany in the 1960s. Its very elegant design makes the light very exclusive. The Sputnik design gives the lamp a special look. Measurements: He...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

10-Armed Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Brass Chandelier or Ceiling Lamp, 1950s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Munich, DE
Gorgeous ten-armed Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier or ceiling fixture. Designed and manufactured probably by Kaiser Leuchten, 1950s, Germany. Executed in brass, the chandelier...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Exceptional Huge Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge brass Sputnik chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eyecatcher in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condition. 12 E27. To be ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury sputnik brass chandelier available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, brass and glass, every midcentury sputnik brass chandelier was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the midcentury sputnik brass chandelier you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A midcentury sputnik brass chandelier, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Hollywood Regency style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Kamenicky Senov, Stilnovo and Emil Stejnar each produced at least one beautiful midcentury sputnik brass chandelier that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier?

Prices for a midcentury sputnik brass chandelier start at $515 and top out at $35,000 with the average selling for $2,637.

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.