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Pair of Pink Polar Murano Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular Murano chandelier. It consists of dozens of pure Murano glass leaves. Four E 27 lights. Measures: Height with chain cm 100 (39 inches) without chain cm 40 (16 inches).
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Kalmar Ice Glass Chandeliers Pendant Lights, 1970
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of beautiful ice glass light fixtures by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Each chandelier is made of 28 massive ice blocks ...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Venetian Pair of Chandeliers, Blown Murano Glass, Triedro Camer G, 1960s
By Camer Glass
Located in Villaverla, IT
Italian Venetian pair of chandeliers, blown Murano glass, triedro elements, attributed to camer glass, 1960s Amazing pair of Murano chandeliers in excellent original condition, as do...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Large Pair of Stilnovo Style Cascading Chandeliers with Brass and Glass Shades
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Grand scale of 6 feet cascading chandeliers in the style of Stilnovo with eight teardrop shaped brass and opaline glass lights. New production, custom-made for Collection 20C gallery...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Pendant Lights Opaque Molded Plastic Lanterns c1950-60
Located in FR
Pair of midcentury pendant lights opaque molded plastic lanterns, circa 1950-1960 Unusual diamond lozenge opaque Lucite Black plastic trim The drop can be adjusted In good vintage co...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Pair of Italian Midcentury Pendants with Cutted Crystal Gemme, Milano, 1970s
Located in Milano, IT
Decorative and fine pair of chandeliers/pendants made in 1970 in Milano. Bunch of cutted crystals "Gemme" with a brass structure and one source of light; the crystals radiate a spec...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal, Brass

Pair of Murano Glass Polar Chandeliers Italian Modern, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Murano polar ice chandelier, each with 88 precious hand blown glass leaves hanging on the brass frame. Spectacular light effect. Available three pairs of sconces. Provenance from a...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Majestic Murano Palmette Chandelier, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of luxury Palmette Murano glass chandelier made with 94 original crystal glasses attributed to Barovier & Toso. Gold metal frame. Available also a pair and a pair of sconces. ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Charming Pair of Vistosi Chandeliers, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
24 Murano discs for each chandelier mounted on three levels: 12+8+4 amethyst glass handblown.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Chandelier, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
The 24 discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on three levels.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Kalmar Chandeliers, Glass Nickel, 1970
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of star shaped ceiling lights by Kalmar manufactured in Austria in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). They are made of frosted ice glass pieces mounted on a w...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel, Brass

Pair of Pink Amethyst Murano Disc Chandelier, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of Vistosi chandelier, each made with 50 pink Murano discs. Available also with a withe or amber discs. Chrome frame with nine E14 light bulbs. Adaptable to any el...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Kalmar Modern Ice Glass Pendants, 1970
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Rijssen, NL
A pair of very beautiful and elegant modern chandeliers, manufactured by Kalmar Austria in the 1970s. Lovely design, each chandelier has 6 sockets and two layers of extremely stylish...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of 1960s Golden Venetian Glass Dandelion Chandeliers
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful brass and blown glass chandelier with over 160 glass elements. Twelve-light sources. Restored. Originally installed in an Italian resort. Rewired. A longer chain or pole ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Cubic Carved Clear Glass Chandeliers in Style of Kalmar
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Antwerp, BE
A pair cube shaped suspended cube light, circa 1960s made of clear molded glass panels and nickel metal joiners in the style of Kalmar in Austria.   
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Amber Murano Glass Discs Italian Chandeliers, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is formed by 24 honey discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on floor levels. Nine lights. Measures: Height without chain 50 cm. Available also with white and p...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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

Carlo Nason Certified, Pair of Midcentury Curvati Chandeliers Clear Triedri 1980
By Carlo Nason, Industria Veneziana, Venini
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This is a set of two masterpiece midcentury chandeliers from Murano, designed by Carlo Nason. Great play with the light. Designed in the 1970s. The use of the triedri elements had be...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Pair of Vistosi Midcentury Amber Murano Glass Discs Italian Chandeliers, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is formed by 24 honey discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on floor levels. Nine lights. Measures: Height without chain 50 cm. Available also with white discs.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Huge Kalmar 'Granada' Chandeliers Flush Mount Lights, Brass Glass, 1970
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Graz, AT
Two square and very large 'Granada' light fixtures by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s-early 1970s). The lamps can be used as pendant light / ...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Charming Pink and White Murano Petals Chandeliers or Ceiling Lights
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of charming Italian chandelier made by clear/ pink and clear/white "lattimo" Murano glass petals. By Galleria Veneziani. Frame available chrome or gold 24-karat Dimensions: 2...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Pink Murano Glass Disc Chandelier Italian Design by Gino Vistosi, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Murano glass discs amethyst by Gino Vistosi, disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. Available also with white and ambe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Pair of Huge Gold-Plated and Cut Glass Chandeliers by Palwa, circa 1960s
By Palwa
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A very large and very rare model of midcentury ten-light chandeliers by Palwa, circa 1960s. This stunning chandeliers are made of gilt brass with each 236 large glass rings. Socket...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Barovier e Toso Venetian Flower Glass Ceiling Light, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
This amazing pair of basket is made of dozen of precious Murano flowers glasses. 6 x 100 watt lights.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Glass and Chromed Steel Pendant Lamps by Kamenický Šenov, 1970s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Glass and chromed cube pendant lamps, 1970s, Czechoslovakia. It was produced by Kamenický Šenov. It is made of glass and metal. It´s composed of thick textured patterned square cut f...
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Limburg Pair of 1970s Vintage "Iron" Rings Glass & Brass Pendant Lights or Lamps
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Limburg Glashütte pair of "iron" rings bell pendant lamps / lights with polished brass hardware. Minimal, geometric and simply shaped small hanging ceiling light fixture made in Germ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Spectacular Pair of Murano Chandeliers by Toni Zuccheri for Venini, 1960s
By Toni Zuccheri
Located in Rome, IT
A very fine pair of chandeliers Toni Zuccheri for Venini each one composed by 100 truncated handblown cylindrical glass pieces. Available three pairs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Pair of Murano Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier by Mazzega
By AVMazzega
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful cast-glass ice panels (eight), which are illuminated by (16) bulbs to create a warm organic glow. Nickel chromed housing which reflect lighting forward, upward and down.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Pair Of Chandeliers Mid-Century Modern Brass Glass White Stilnovo attributed
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian pair of chandeliers from the 1950s Stilnovo attributed. Only glass cm 40 x 20 Small internal line in the glass (as in the photo).
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Mid Century Wire Cage Chandeliers
By Moe Lighting, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Chic and stylish pair of hanging fixtures, each having an iron birdcage like structure which surrounds a frosted white globe. Both were originally designed as swag lights, therefore ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Pink Mid-Century Modern Glass Chandeliers, Caccia Dominioni Style, 1960s
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Dallas, TX
Large pair of Mid-Century Modern pink Murano glass and brass lanterns or pendant lights, Caccia Dominioni style, Italy, 1960s. Pleated pink to white translucent glass lights, with br...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Light Fixtures
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern glass light fixtures / pendants. Measures: 31 H (top to bottom) Light fixture itself: 11 height x 9 diameter.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Pair of Brass 18 Light Sputnik Chandeliers in Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of brass 18-light Sputnik chandeliers in the Mid-Century Modern style. We have two pair of these stunning chandeliers one is larger (34 inch diameter) than the pair in this li...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Iridescent Laguna Model Chandeliers by Fratelli Toso
By Aureliano Toso, Fratelli Toso
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
These magnificent chandeliers are made of transparent iridescent glass elements. According to surrounding and light, they change colors from white to yellow, green or blue. All eleme...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Rare Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Copper Chandeliers Twin Glass Shades
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of vintage copper chandeliers with twin glass shades A very good looking and decorative pair, they have been fully restored a...
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Vintage 1970s English Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Pair of Mid-Century Large Brass Chandeliers, 1960
Located in Praha, CZ
- around 1960s - both come from a hotel cafe - perfect original condition with patina jt.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Pair of Mid-Century Large Brass Chandeliers, 1960
  • Pair of Mid-Century Large Brass Chandeliers, 1960
  • Pair of Mid-Century Large Brass Chandeliers, 1960
  • Pair of Mid-Century Large Brass Chandeliers, 1960
H 39.38 in. W 27.56 in. D 27.56 in.
Pair of Mid Century Chandeliers or Pendants, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar, Zelezny Brod
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of "Silver" Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers by Lamperti, Italy, circa 1970
By Lamperti
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age chandeliers in a brushed steel finish and white glass spheres made in Italy, circa 1970 by Lamperti. One still holds the original tag. Great condition, just some minor sc...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Light Green Glass & Brass Chandeliers Gio Ponti Style
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Mid-Century Modern light green/translucent glass and brass chandeliers, in the style of Gio Ponti, by Fontana Arte, Italy. 4 candelabra base lights each inside, rewired. T...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Brass Eighteen-Light Sputnik Chandeliers in the Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of brass eighteen-light Sputnik chandeliers in the Mid-Century Modern style. This pair come with a matching canopy and a chain that is approximately 54 inches long. Having a b...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Brass Eighteen-Light Sputnik Chandeliers in the Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of brass eighteen-light Sputnik chandeliers in the Mid-Century Modern style. This pair come with a matching canopy and a chain that is approximately 54 inches long. Having a b...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Nickel Floral Stem Form Chandeliers
Located in Troy, MI
Pair of sculptural, floral and stem form chandeliers have six arms and nickel frames. Found in France, circa 1960s, unknown manufacturer. New wiring for US electrical standards. Sold...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Silver Plate

Pair of Mid-Century Sputnik Snowflake Chandeliers in Nickel
By Emil Stejnar
Located in New York City, NY
A pair of Modernist ball tipped snowflake Sputniks in polished nickel with matte spokes in the style of Emil Stejnar Explosion chandelier, sunburst, dandelion motif Can be lengthened...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Large Sputnik Lamps France
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Mid-Century Modern French pair of large brass sputnik lamps with 19 arms. Made in brass. Some details black lacquered. Completely new electric cables.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Suspensions, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass Suspensions, 1960s   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Murano Pendant Lights, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern pendant lights. Striking Italian design from the 1960s. Original Murano shades. Each pendant has one socket for a E-27 light bulb. In good ori...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

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

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Pressed Crystal Pendants by Kinkeldey
By Kinkeldey
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite pair of Mid-Century Modern pendants were produced by Kinkeldey- one of the most esteemed lighting studios of the period in Western Europe. They feature intricate geome...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Nickel

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

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Craftsman / Brutalist Candelabra in Bronze
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated pair of Mid-Century Modern, handmade Brutalist candelabra / candlesticks in solid bronze. Soft, natural golden brown patina. Each piece complimenting the other with t...
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Mid-20th Century North American Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Copper Chandelier with a Matching Pair of Wall Lights/Scones
Located in Zurich, CH
Rare 1950 chandelier with ten lights made of copper with decorative glass knobs. Please note on one wall light one is partly missing - no chips on all glasses, but copper has patina...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Pair of Elegant Fine Modern Kinkeldey Chandeliers, 1970
By Kinkeldey
Located in Rijssen, NL
A pair of very modern, elegant and fine Kinkeldey chandeliers. Really heavy quality. They are comfortable with all decor periods. This chandeliers are executed to a very high standar...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Chrome

Pair of Full Brass Mid-Century Modern Pendant Lamps, 1950s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Pair of very rare pendant lamps made in Germany in the 1950s. The lighting is made of brass and has the style of the Italian brand Stilnovo. It has many small holes which are creatin...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Pair of Swedish mid-century Brass blown glass Chandeliers
Located in Barcelona, ES
Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919-2009). Pair of ceiling lamp, model “T348/6 Pastoral.” Manufactured by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB. Markaryd, Sweden, 1959. Brass and blown glass. Ceiling Lamp P...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Maison Jansen Style Mid-20th Century Steel & Brass Chandeliers
By Maison Jansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Mid-20th Century steel & brass chandeliers in the style of Jansen. New wiring Sold as a pair
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Marvelous Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass and Opaline Glass Adjustable Pendants
Located in Lisse, NL
Perfect size and shape, adjustable pendants from the midcentury design era. These very stylish 1970s light fixtures come with the original brass canopies and shade holders intact....
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of French Mid-Century Modern Pendants in the Manner of Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of highly stylized chrome pendant lights with sculpted globe forms and with geometric perforated circle design. The pendants are fitted with amber Lucite interiors which create ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Pair of Mid-Century Modern C1955 Halophane Industrial Lamps
By Halophane
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of heavy thick and ribbed industrial pendant lamps by Halophane. Lamps are signed in the glass. These lamps will have new wiring.
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Vintage 1950s American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

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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.