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Arts & Crafts Brass and Opaline Shade Oil Lamp or Adjustable Floral Chandelier
Located in Lisse, NL
Antique, stunning and rare, hand painted oil lamp. This large and impressive oil lamp dates from the early 1900s and the Arts & Crafts design is exceptional. It is made of top quali...
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Early 20th Century European Arts and Crafts Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Birger Dahl Three-Cone Cascading Chandelier for Sonnico
By Sønnico AS, Birger Dahl
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Birger Dahl three-cone cascading chandelier for Sonnico, Norway. This architectural chandelier was designed in 1954 and executed in black painted metal with exquisite brass det...
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Vintage 1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

English Roman Classical St. Flowers Decorated Opaline / Milk Glass Pendant Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful shape and excellent condition chandelier. If you are looking for a rare and decorative light fixture that is stylish and quality-made at the same time then this fine pen...
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Early 20th Century English Classical Roman Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rare American Arts & Crafts Holophane Marked Prismatic Glass Pendant circa 1930
By Holophane
Located in Lisse, NL
Early 20th century, "Patent Holophane U.S.A." marked pendant. If you are looking for a rare and truly American light fixture then this rare find could be perfect for you. This wonde...
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Mid-20th Century American Arts and Crafts Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Etched and Peach Colored Glass Pendant or Flush Mount
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful shape and materials pendant from the Mid-Century Modern era. This rare shape and extra large size flush mount has a stunning, glass shade with a striking, modernist patter...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Colored Glass Pendant / Unidentified Flying Flush Mount
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful shape and colorful light extra large fixture from the Midcentury era. This midcentury work of (lighting) art is another one of our recent, wonderful finds. As you can see,...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Art Nouveau Chandelier in Painted Glass and Brass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Elegant Italian brass Art Nouveau chandelier with four painted glass shades. Measures: Diameter40 cm. Height fixture 50 cm. Total height including chain 110 cm.
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Early 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Spectacular Ten Arms Brass White Painted Chandelier with Men's Head
Located in Antwerp, BE
An highly interesting and decorative chandelier, in brass, with white painted sections, and with ten arms, with leaf motifs and the candleholders coming out of prestigious men’s- hea...
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20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass

Chandelier Brass Painted Green 8-Arm Electrified Candle Lamp Baroque Dutch
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
A 19th century green painted 8-arm Dutch brass chandelier electrified with French candles - Unusually painted green which softens the aesthetic - Recently electrified with French...
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Antique 1820s Dutch Baroque Revival Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French 1940s White Painted and Brass Four-Light Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s white painted and brass four-light chandelier, the open lantern shaft issuing scrolling arms, scalloped drip pans & fluted tapering bobeches.    
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Early 20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italy 1920s Chandelier Art Deco, Gilt Brass and Painted Brass with Five Lights
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Deco pendant lamp, gilded brass and green painted brass with five arms. Minimalist design. Electrical system redone and functional, ready for use. Measure in cm. Height 80, ...
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Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass

Painted Wooden Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Painted wooden chandelier. Six E14 bulbs. Diameter 60 cm. Height 63 cm. Height with the chain 120 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

  • Painted Wooden Chandelier
  • Painted Wooden Chandelier
  • Painted Wooden Chandelier
  • Painted Wooden Chandelier
H 47.25 in. Dm 23.63 in.
Monumental German Schonbek Painted Brass and Crystal Chandelier
By Schonbek
Located in Stamford, CT
Monumental painted brass and crystal chandelier having 25 (24 arm and one interior center) lights. Produced by Schonbek where there is no such thing as enough of a grand thing. Havin...
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Vintage 1970s German Renaissance Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

1950s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Painted Metal Italian Chandelier
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A fully restored Italian chandelier, it has been rewired, works 110-240 volts and needs five regular e14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

French Hand Painted Pink Porcelain Gilt Brass Engraved Glass Oil Lamp Chandelier
By Castel Limoges
Located in Coimbra, PT
Gorgeous French Limoges style fuchsia pink hand painted porcelain with exquisite floral arrangements, solid gilt brass and etched glass 5-light oil lamp chandelier. A pair available....
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Hand Painted Pink Porcelain Gilt Brass Engraved Glass Oil Lamp Chandelier
By Castel Limoges
Located in Coimbra, PT
Gorgeous French Limoges style fuchsia pink hand painted porcelain with exquisite floral arrangements, solid gilt brass and etched glass 5-light oil lamp chandelier. A pair available...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Fog & Mørup, Danish Black and White Painted, Brass and Glass 2-Arm Chandelier
By Bent Karlby, Fog & Mørup
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The conical canopy, above a hanging rod issuing two s-curved brass arms, each arm surmounted by a crescent-form reflector pierced by star shaped perforations, each arm terminating in...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo White Pendant Chandelier in Painted Brass with 18 Lights, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Milano, IT
Eccentric Stilnovo pendant chandelier from the 1950s with 18 lights. The chandelier is made with a white painted brass frame. The tubular brass structure is made of small drop-shaped...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

20th Mid-Century Bassano Chandelier Hand-Painted Ceramic & Burnished Brass 1950s
Located in Vigonza, Padua
20th Mid-Century three lights Bassano chandelier hand-painted ceramic and burnished brass period 1950s. Burnished steel top structure. With revised functioning electrical system. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Italy Chandelier Murano Toso Glass Brass Painted Metal Wood
Located in Munich, DE
This elegant ceiling light is designed as two flowers with Murano glass flower heads by Aureliano Toso. The flower stems are made out of brass, each flower is decorated with a leaf c...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Style Brass and Crystal Chandelier Reverse Painted Glass Center Pediment
Located in Toledo, OH
French style brass and crystal chandelier sky blue reverse painted glass inner center pediment. Handcut crystal and star drops. Unusual chain links.
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20th Century Unknown French Provincial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely Mid-Century Modern chandelier of circular form with six painted metal arms held by a brass ring, ending in brass cups containing Edison base sockets. Suspended on a brass ro...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Ivory and Brass Eight Shade Chandelier
Located in Culver City, CA
Rectangular form with brass hardware and eight ivory painted metal shades. Measures: 55" W x 33.5" D x 13.75" H x 35.5" overall H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

  • Ivory and Brass Eight Shade Chandelier
  • Ivory and Brass Eight Shade Chandelier
  • Ivory and Brass Eight Shade Chandelier
  • Ivory and Brass Eight Shade Chandelier
H 13.75 in. W 55 in. D 33.5 in.
Italian Glass or Brass Pendant Chandelier
Located in North Miami, FL
A beautiful art glass chandelier having an opaque to clear glass which has been decorated in a Midcentury abstract striated design. The piece is highlighted with beautiful brass har...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Circular Painted Steel Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, painted, wrought iron, circular chandelier features 10 sloping arms that accept chandelier base bulbs. The chandelier is newly wired with 40 inches of brass chain...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Stilnovo Style Chandelier in Brass and Murano Glass
By Stilnovo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic chandelier dates to the 1950s-1960s and is very much in the style of Stilnovo. The piece takes on the motif of rice paper lanterns. Fabricated in Murano glass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass, Brass

Brass and Painted Aluminum Ceiling Lamp by Lumen, 1950s
By Lumen
Located in Madrid, ES
Ceiling lamp with five lights from the 1950s by Lumen. Construction of brass and white painted aluminum. Partially restored, the aluminum shades have been repainted.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Italian Chandelier in Brass and Robins Egg Blue
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish, chic and monumental scaled twelve-arm chandelier was acquired from a Palm Beach estate and it dates to the 1930s-1940s. Note: Requires 12 Edison based bulbs. Note...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Six Light Bamboo Brûlé Chandelier Ceiling Light, Hand Painted Faux Bamboo
By David Duncan
Located in New York, NY
A six light faux bamboo chandelier, by David Duncan Lighting. This chandelier features a playfully intricate geometric structure, formed by crossbanded sections of hand painted brass...
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2010s American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Wonderful Italian Giltwood Cherubs Putti and Painted Fruit Torch Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Unique Italian gilt wooden chandelier with seven lights, cherubs and painted fruit. Fine gilded wooden leaves and six beautiful angels make this rococo chandelier unique. The round g...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pend...

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Metal, Brass

Large Kalmar Chandelier, Brass and Textured Glass, 1950s, 1 of 4
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Graz, AT
One of four impressive handmade and large chandeliers by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The fixture is made of polished bra...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Art Deco Brass Chandelier Three Arms Glass Lampshades Whit Pattern
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Deco chandelier on a fixed rod pendant with tree mounts of brass, unusual glass lampshades whit pattern In good condition and in full working order. Fitting E27. Completely ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass

Four Large Kalmar Chandeliers, Brass and Textured Glass, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
One of four impressive and large chandeliers by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The fixture is made of polished brass in a ...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Two Large Kalmar Chandeliers, Brass and Textured Glass, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
One of two impressive and large chandeliers by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The fixture is made of polished brass in a w...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Large Italian Chandelier Stilnovo Style Design Midcentury Brass White
By Stilnovo
Located in Lyon, FR
Large Italian chandelier with twelve arm. The lampshades are adjustable and can light in different directions. Two bulbs per lampshade. Excellent condition with patina on the brass, ...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Trapezi Three Lights Contemporary Pendant/Chandelier Lustro-Painted Blown Glass
By Silvio Mondino Studio
Located in Novellara, IT
The Trapezi contemporary chandelier is inspired by the IDEA of a Circus Trapeze Artist. Hand blown glass in a variety of forms and colors is combined with brass bars and hung by L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Kalmar Pendant Light Chandelier 'Citrus', Brass Amber Glass, 1970s
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
A gorgeous penant light model 'Citrus' by Austrian light maker J.T. Kalmar, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The light is documented in the Kalmar ...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Dutch Brass and Delft Blue Porcelain Six-Light Chandelier
By Delft
Located in Barntrup, DE
Elegant brass and blue and white Delft porcelain chandelier. Six brass arms with sockets for E14 size light bulbs. The inside of the canopy is marked with the D. P. Delft. Dimensions...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Dutch Colonial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Trapezi Four Lights Contemporary Pendant/Chandelier Lustro-Painted Blown Glass
By Silvio Mondino Studio
Located in Novellara, IT
The Trapezi contemporary chandelier is inspired by the idean of a Circus Trapeze Artist. Hand blown glass in a variety of forms and colors is combined with brass bars and hung by Li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Enamel and Brass Chandelier by Paavo Tynell
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern enamel and brass chandelier by Paavo Tynell, The light fixture has a total of eight matte painted metal cones. Each cone has small holes where lighting will illumi...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Strike, A Modern Painted Brass Pendant Light in Matte Black
By Current
Located in Portland, OR
Inspired by the simple form of a matchstick, Strike’s playful sophistication is born from simple geometric shapes combined with a refined sense of scale. A versatile light, Strike ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Minimalist Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Huge Brass and Glass Chandelier by Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1960
By Rupert Nikoll, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
An extra large eight-arm chandelier by Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, manufacured in Mid-Century, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The fixture is made of a nice mixture of materials:...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Large Kalmar Chandelier Pendant Light 'Citrus', Brass Amber Glass, 1970s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Graz, AT
A large and gorgeous chandelier model 'Citrus' by Austrian light maker J.T. Kalmar, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The light is documented in the...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Arteluce "Triennial" Three Enameled Black & White Cone & Brass Frame Chandelier
By Arteluce
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern Italian Arteluce triennial chandelier with three brass articulated arms and three black and white enameled steel cones. If the arms are fully extended...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Pendants, Plexiglass, Painted Iron, Golden Brass, circa 1980, Italy
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Pendants, Plexiglass, painted iron, golden brass, circa 1980, Italy. Measures: Diameter 54 cm, height 120 cm.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Brass

Contemporary Pendant Lamp Suprematic Three CS5 by NOOM in Brass, Painted Steel
By Kateryna Sokolova
Located in Kyiv, UA
Lamp Suprematic Three CS1 - one of the lamps from the "Suprematic" collection. The collection inspired by the geometric works of the great Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. Suprematism i...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

1958 Italian Frosted Glass 6-Light Brass Chandelier Attributed to Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
A pair is available in excellent vintage condition – Mid-Century Modern organic design round chandelier with 6 cylinder bottle shaped pendants in a frosted white glass decorated with...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Art Deco Dagobert Peche Chandelier, Vienna Secession, in Brass and Glas, 1920s
By Dagobert Peche
Located in Halle, DE
A rare and unusual Art Deco Chandelier, Vienna Secession, in solid brass with elements reminding on a crown and hand blown glas attributed to Dagobert Peche, Wiener Werkstätten. ...
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Vintage 1920s Austrian Vienna Secession Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass

Italian Brass and Painted Aluminum Pendant Lamp with Six Light-Arms
Located in Madrid, ES
Italian pendant lamp from the 1960s. Brass frame, painted aluminum details and frosted opal glass light shades.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Dramatic Black & Brass Chandelier Modern Mobile Design Four Pivot Shades, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in National City, CA
Dramatic Italian modern hanging chandelier with sculptural mobile design from Italy. No maker label is apparent. Mobile presents in the style of vintage Stilnovo design. Four shade...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Large Rectangular Mid-Century Modern Glass & Brass Chandelier by Dominici Brazil
By Dominici
Located in Dallas, TX
Very large rectangular glass & brass chandelier or flushmount light. Attributed to Dominici, Brazil, 1970s Translucent glass, covered by light green clear glasses, with brass fitti...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

French Empire Style Seven-Light Bronze, Brass and Glass Chandelier, 1920s
Located in Barntrup, DE
This beautiful French Empire style chandelier features six bronze swan arms. Dark green painted body with decorative bronze mounts and richly ornate pine finial, on top centered with...
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Vintage 1920s French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Bronze

Scandinavian Modern Painted Metal and Polished Brass Pendant from Boréns, Borås
By Boréns, Borås
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern painted metal and polished brass pendant from Boréns, Borås, Sweden. Newly restored, newly electrified for the USA with a single standard base socket. Measure...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto, First Production "Beehive" Ceiling Lamp, Painted Aluminum, Brass
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early organic Beehive ceiling lamp / pendant designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953 and produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Finland. Height adjustable. As illustrated in images, lamp produces a...
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Vintage 1950s European Organic Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Late 20th Century Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Transparent Trihedron Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
20 E14 light bulbs.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Brass

Le Royer Chandelier in Aged Brass by Larose Guyon
By Larose Guyon
Located in Vercheres, Quebec
Made of multiple modular disc, the design of Le Royer's collection is set up to emulate lunar phases, granting it a charm and a poetry of its own — distinctive features of any Larose...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Paint

Contemporary Pendant Lamp Suprematic Two CS5 by NOOM in Brass and Painted Steel
By Kateryna Sokolova
Located in Kyiv, UA
Lamp Suprematic Two CS5, one of the lamps from the "Suprematic" collection. The collection inspired by the geometric works of the great Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. Suprematism is a...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Stilnovo Style Italian Vintage Chandelier in Brass, Opaline Glass and Wood
By Stilnovo
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Beautiful and spectacular Italian vintage chandelier; the sturdy structure is made of solid brass brushed and polished, the light points are made of cylinders, flared in the center, ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Chandelier Art Deco Venetian Murano Glass Decorated Pendant Lamp Gilt Brass
By Compagnia Di Venezia E Murano (C.V.M.)
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Refined three-light chandelier in Venetian Art Deco style, with pastel green Murano opal glass plate, with polychrome painted decorations and pure gold thread. The metal part is all ...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Contemporary Pendant Lamp Suprematic One CS5 by NOOM in Brass and Painted Steel
By Kateryna Sokolova
Located in Kyiv, UA
Lamp Suprematic One CS5, one of the lamps from the "Suprematic" collection. The collection inspired by the geometric works of the great Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. Suprematism is a...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

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Painted Brass Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the painted brass chandelier you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, brass and glass, every painted brass chandelier was constructed with great care. There are 617 variations of the antique or vintage painted brass chandelier you’re looking for, while we also have 97 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer painted brass chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A painted brass chandelier is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made painted brass chandelier over the years, but those crafted by Stilnovo, Paavo Tynell and Design By Us are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Painted Brass Chandelier?

Prices for a painted brass chandelier can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $355 and can go as high as $165,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,252.

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.