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Monumental 1970s Italian Modern Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very large geometric Italian modern chrome metal chandelier featuring a hanging metal chain and over 30 lights. Wonderful condition, two available.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel

Pair Monumental Italian Modern Brass Sputnik Chandeliers
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of Italian Modern Monumental Sputnik chandeliers, timeless, modern, glamorous design, long bronze rods in varying sizes radiating from a spherical center with multiple lights ar...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Monumental Italian Modern Amber Glass Chandelier by Mazzega
By Mazzega
Located in Hollywood, FL
All with handblown amber glass discs joined together.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Italian Modern Glass and Brass Chandelier, Venini
By Venini
Located in Hollywood, FL
The brass ceiling frame with tiers of suspended handblown drops.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1940s Monumental Chandelier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Eighteen-light tole, brass and chromed metal chandelier of monumental size. Scrolled brass arms radiate from a central dish upon which rests a floral grouping of tole leaves and chro...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

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H 24 in. Dm 60 in.
Monumental Italia Modern Polished Chrome and Glass Chandelier, Mazzega
By Zero Quattro
Located in Hollywood, FL
The polished chrome corona with chins suspending masses of handblown glass spheres detailed with chrome caps.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Italian 'Wedding Cake' Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning, monumental Mid-Century Modern Italian 'Wedding Cake', eight-tier cascading crystal chandelier; featuring Camer glass prism's each measuring 11.25" in height.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

Monumental Tronchi Italian Chandelier
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Chicago, IL
Monumental Tronchi Italian chandelier, four layers of cut clown glass. Measures: Top diameter 32.5 Bottom diameter 8" Height of chandelier 37" Height from bottom to canopy as sho...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Swedish Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Chandelier, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A Swedish midcentury chandelier made in the 1960s, attributed to Hans-Agne Jakobsson. It is fascinating with its monumental design and 9 glass elements. The body of the light is made...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Modern Ceiling Light Chandelier Fixture Cast Glass Blackened Iron
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
LIGHT SCULPTURE NO. 1 J.M. Szymanski d. 2019 This light sculpture is one of our favorite pieces and a monumental achievement in design engineering. A combination of blackened steel...
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2010s American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Neoclassic White Murano /Venetian Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
An elegant and stunning multi-tier Venetian glass chandelier in 'Lattimo' glass. This handblown Italian Mid-Century style piece reflects a modern neoclassical sensibility with its gr...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Monumental Italian Modern Minimalist White Murano or Venetian Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A sober, pure, modern Minimalist statement in grand scale composed of timeless Venetian glass. The entire chandelier (without chain) comprises a length of just over 10 feet and a ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Monumental Polished Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
By Motoko Ishii
Located in New York, NY
Monumental polished chrome Sputnik chandelier featuring spherical clear glass shades by Motoko Ishii for Staff Leuchten.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

J. & L. Lobmeyr Monumental Sputnik Crystal Chandelier
By J. & L. Lobmeyr Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Amazing Monumental Sputnik Chandelier by J. & L. Lobmeyr, 1960s, as seen in the Metropolitan Opera House fixtures. Chrome and enameled steel with Swarovski crystals.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Chrome

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Tiered Chandelier with Amber Tinted Glass Crystals
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental Mid-Century Modern tiered chandelier with amber tinted glass crystals. Offered for sale is a monumental Mid-Century Modern tiered chandelier with amber-tinted glass cry...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Monumental Modern Chrome Chandelier by Design Institute of America, USA, 1970
By Design Institute America
Located in Miami, FL
Oversized chrome chandelier by DIA.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Monumental Crystal Esprit Sputnik Chandelier
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Monumental crystal Esprit Sputnik chandelier. Customization available in different sizes and finish.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Nickel

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Chandelier by Mazzega, circa 1970s
By Venini, Mazzega
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Spectacular Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier comprised of hand blown Murano glass pendants with organic icicle design. Pendants hang at varying heights from individual chain fit...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Monumental Swedish Mid-Century Modern Brass and Ice Glass Chandelier, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A Swedish midcentury chandelier made in the 1960s, attributed to Hans-Agne Jakobsson. It is fascinating with its monumental design and 13 glass elements. The body of the light is mad...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental 6 Foot Camer Venini Glass Tronchi Tube Chandelier Mid-century Modern
By Camer Glass
Located in Pemberton, NJ
An amazing circular form monumental chandelier comprising a metal frame containing 4 tiers of textured molded 18" Tronchi glass tubes. By Camer. Italian, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Monumental MCM Lucite Ribbon Chandelier
Located in west palm beach, FL
Spectacular vintage MCM brass and lucite ribbon chandelier. Much larger than anything I have seen on the market. Beautiful clear ribbons of lucite hand from a brass frame. A glamorou...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Monumental MCM Lucite Ribbon Chandelier
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H 20 in. W 26 in. D 26 in.
Monumental Brass and Glass Chandelier, Italy
Located in Berlin, BE
Monumental brass structure and glass chandelier or flush mount.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary chandelier on 7 levels composed by 165 'Tronchi' 30 cm high glasses. Brass frame. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 175 cm without chain. Available a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Wrought Iron & Rock Crystal Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Monumental (10) light beaded wrought iron & rock crystal chandelier. The chandelier is adorned with garlands of beads and both almond & kite shaped rock crystals throughout. The chan...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rock Crystal, Wrought Iron

Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary chandelier on 7 levels composed by 165 'Tronchi' 30 cm high glasses. Brass frame. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 175 cm without chain. Available a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary chandelier on 7 levels composed by 165 'Tronchi' 30 cm high glasses. Brass frame. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 175 cm without chain. Available a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary chandelier on 7 levels composed by 165 'Tronchi' 30 cm high glasses. Brass frame. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 175 cm without chain. Available a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Two Monumental, Lobmeyer, Falling Chandeliers, 1970s
By J.L Lobmeyr
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
These two falling lights will sparkle and give glamour to the room: Pieces of Jewels made of faceted crystal elements fitted on Lucite structure .Very impressive length: 150cm with t...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Nickel

Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain.    
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Sputnik Brass and Glass Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, BE
Monumental brass and black metal Sputnik chandelier with stained glass globes. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eye-catcher in every room. The chandelier is in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Monumental Commercial Modernist Chandelier, circa 1955
By Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
Custom made circa 1955 and likely manufactured by Lightolier. Measures 63" diameter and 38" total drop. See diagram for measures. Consists of 12 brushed brass pendants amalgamated by...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel, Brass

Monumental Murano Glass Chandelier, circa 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A monumental midcentury glass chandelier, circa 1960s. This amazing chandelier is made of 1170 Murano clear glas in four different sizes hanging on heavy metal and nickel frame. Sock...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

24-Karat Gold Monumental Sputnik Chandelier
By Beyond Gorgeosity
Located in Hingham, MA
Custom-made 24-karat gold plated brass Sputnik chandelier over 5 feet wide. 66 inches in diameter including lightbulbs. 32 inches height but we can lengthen or shorten by request....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

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Gold, Brass

Monumental Chandelier in brass, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Den Haag, NL
Monumental chandelier in brass, Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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  • Monumental Chandelier in brass, Italy, 1960s
  • Monumental Chandelier in brass, Italy, 1960s
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H 25.99 in. W 27.56 in. D 20.08 in.
Monumental Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary chandelier is composed by 280 Tronchi glasses circa by 30 cm high. Twenty-eight bulbs E 27 . Available also a pair.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Custom Monumental Crystal Sputnik Chandelier with Spikes
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Custom Monumental crystal Sputnik chandelier with spikes. One is shown in nickel finish with spikes with ebonized sphere. Customization is available in different sizes and finishes.
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2010s American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Nickel

Monumental Italian Sputnik or Starburst Chandelier, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful monumental Italian Sputnik chandelier. Glass spikes and brass. Most see to believe. Truly an extraordinary piece.   
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Multi-Tiered Chandelier by Vistosi
By Gino Vistosi
Located in New York, NY
This important chandelier consists of multi handblown Murano glass disks in eight tiers by Vistosi in frosted and clear glass. This chandelier has chromed fittings and has sockets fo...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Monumental Murano Grey and Clear Glass Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Superb glass chandelier composed of hand blown Murano glass elements colored in dark grey and clear alternated on brass-plated metal frame in 6 tiers. Fully restored and will be wire...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Monumental Daniel Becker 'Elaine' Copper Spherical Chandelier
By Daniel Becker
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Daniel Becker 'Elaine' copper spherical chandelier. Designed by Berlin luminary Daniel Becker, who won the prestigious German Design Award 2019. Comprised of a copper plat...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and ...

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Aluminum, Steel, Copper

Monumental Murano Glass Triedre Crystal Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous Sputnik chandelier was hand blown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. It consists of a ser...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Chrome

Monumental Murano Glass Sapphire Colored Poliedri Chandelier
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
This fantastic chandelier consists with circa 200 colored Poliedri glass of Murano. Sapphire color variation with heavenly and aquamarine precious Poliedri. Measures: Height withou...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Monumental Pair of Italian Tronchi Chandeliers Murano
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Price is for 1 item. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain. With the same...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Murano Glass Flower Chandelier by Cenedese
By Gino Cenedese
Located in Austin, TX
Gorgeous, gigantic Murano glass flower chandelier in opaline and clear glass. 313 flowers made from antique moulds, arrayed on a steel structure, rewired to US standards. The height ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Steel

Monumental Modernist Handblown Smoked Murano Glass Polyhedral Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This impressive and monumental Italian chandelier cylindrical form chandelier was handblown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Monumental Aztec / Southwestern Pablo Picasso Style Chandelier
Located in Spring Valley, CA
Beautiful unique Aztec chandelier. Tons of detail in this piece, from design to sculpture. Truly a statement piece for any Southwestern style home.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Monumental 5 Foot J. T. Kalmar Lucite Ice Crystal Chandelier
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Las Vegas, NV
World’s largest? J.T. Kalmar style Lucite ice sculpture chandelier. Contains 50 candle bulbs surrounded with 160 crystals suspended on a steel frame. Huge piece measuring over 5 feet...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Pair of Monumental Italian Tronchi Chandeliers Murano, 1980s
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain. With the same glasses are also available four pairs of ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Impressive and Monumental Murano Glass Spiked Starburst Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Impressive and monumental spiked Sputnik chandelier that features a black enamel center that boosts 24 candelabra based bulbs. This chandelier has numerous brass rods that emanate fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Monumental Pair of Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandeliers
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain. With the same glasses are also a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

1950 Austria Kalmar Monumental Sputnik Chandelier Enamel & Brass
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant large mid century hotel two tier modernist chandelier with brass fixture, 24 large illuminated brass arms with a crème-colored enamel finish, formed in a circle. The light is...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Pair of Italian Tronchi Chandeliers Murano, 1980s
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain. With the same glasses are also avai...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental a.v. Mazzega 3-Tier Lilac Murano Glass Chandelier
By AVMazzega
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a magnificent and oversized Vintage 3-Tier lilac Murano glass chandelier by Mazzega, Italy. Glass pieces in a beautiful lilac/purple hue. Note: ONLY ONE AVAILABLE.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Very Fine and Monumental Sabino Opalescent Glass Chandelier
By Marius-Ernest Sabino
Located in Hollywood, FL
The handblown glass petals attached in tiers with a central sphere. Please note dimensions are glass to glass, no chain drop.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Pair of Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandeliers
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain.    
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Monumental Chrome & Handblown Smoked Murano Glass Polyhedral Venini Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
This stunning modernist chandelier is hand blown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. It consists of nume...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Monumental 52" Kinkeldey Faceted Crystal Nine Tier Palace Chandelier
By Kinkeldey
Located in New York, NY
Monumental 52" Kinkeldey faceted crystal nine-tier circular chandelier on chrome frame. Germany, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

Monumental A.V. Mazzega 4-Tier Lilac Murano Glass Chandelier
By AVMazzega
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a magnificent and oversized VINTAGE 4-Tier lilac Murano glass chandelier by Mazzega, Italy. 31 lights and 133 individual glass pieces in a beautiful lilac/purple hue. Note: ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Monumental Brass Chandelier with Glass Spherical Shades, Austria 1960s
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful vintage 1960s Austrian chandelier featuring an elegant polished brass frame with three angular arms. This fixture has four oversized hand blown spherical shades, creating...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Pair of Italian Murano Glass Tronchi Chandeliers
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary pair of chandeliers is composed by 78 'Tronchi' by 40 cm high. Eighteen-light bulbs E 14. Measure: Height 160 cm without chain.       
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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Monumental Modern Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the monumental modern chandelier you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, glass and brass, every monumental modern chandelier was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a monumental modern chandelier, we have 219 options in-stock, while there are 46 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a monumental modern chandelier — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A monumental modern chandelier, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Venini, Daniel Becker and Camer Glass each produced at least one beautiful monumental modern chandelier that is worth considering.

How Much is a Monumental Modern Chandelier?

A monumental modern chandelier can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $10,438, while the lowest priced sells for $400 and the highest can go for as much as $320,000.

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.