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Vips Residence Italian Vintage Ceiling Lamp
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous vintage Italian ceiling lamp belonging to Vip's Residence in Milan, from the 70's of fine Italian craftsmanship. The lamp has a hemispherical shape and resembles that of a ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Italian Ceiling Vintage Crystal Lamp
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
O/8286 - Midcentury ceiling elegant crystal lamp or plafonière - from Italy '70 s. Elegant but not intrusive.   
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

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H 12.21 in. Dm 16.93 in.
Italian Vintage Ceiling Lamp 3 Lights Colorful Leaves
Located in SITTINGBOURNE, Kent
Italian vintage ceiling lamp 3 lights colorful leaves 50 x 25 cm. The item is in good condition. Please refer to the photos for details and condition as it makes part of the descript...
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Antique 1660s Italian Art Deco Flush Mount

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Metal

Vintage 1950's Sunburst Brass Italian Ceiling Lamp
Located in Milan, IT
Original vintage Italian brass sputnik lamp from the 1950's. Hi quality fixture, thick and refined, new wiring, original patina.
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Vintage 1950s Flush Mount

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Brass

Vintage Italian Chromed Steel Sputnik Ceiling Lamp, 1970s
Located in Lisboa, 11
This ceiling lamp was designed and produced in Italy during the 1970's. It is a large chromed Sputnik chandelier with 10 light points. With a chrome globe in the middle were chromed ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

1970s Vintage Ceiling Lamp in Glass and Crystal Italian Design
Located in None, IT
Ceiling lamp with 4 lights in blue glass, with chromed steel lamp holder and satin glass lampshades, 1970s. CONDITIONS: In excellent condition, working, it may show slight signs o...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Vintage Italian Chromed Steel and Teak Sputnik Ceiling Lamp, 1970s
Located in Lisboa, 11
This ceiling lamp was designed and produced in Italy during the 1970's. It is a large chromed Sputnik chandelier with 10 light points. With a chrome globe in the middle were chromed ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Ceiling Lamp in Black Aluminum
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous vintage ceiling lamp made in the 2000s. The ceiling lamp is made of black aluminum and has a round shape, very beautiful and elegant. The lamp has a brass insert that conn...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Vintage Ceiling Lamp in Chromed Aluminium
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful lamp made of chromed aluminum in the 60's, of fine Italian manufacture. The lamp is formed by a central stem in chromed aluminum, black color. The lights instead are 4 and...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Pendant Space Age Vintage Design Ceiling Lamp Style of Stilnovo, Italy, 1970s
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
An exceptional ceiling lamp quoting the Space Age design of the early 1960s. It was completely new electrified according to European standards but can be easily modified to any other...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Italian Rattan Ceiling Pendant Lamp in the Style of Vivai del Sud
By Vivai del Sud
Located in London, GB
Vintage Italian rattan ceiling pendant lamp (circa 1970s) in the style of Vivai del Sud. Delightfully original, this piece transports you to the Italian Riviera at the height of its ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rattan

Vintage 70's Wall or Ceiling Lamp Sputnik Design
Located in None, IT
Wall or ceiling lamp in chromed plastic with 10 lights. Sputnik model, 1970s. CONDITIONS: In good condition, working, it may show signs of wear due to time. DIMENSIONS: Height ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Golden 60's Ceiling or Wall Lamp Design Valenti
By Valenti Luce
Located in None, IT
Ceiling or wall lamp in gilded metal with glass lampshade, design Valenti Luce, 1960s. Conditions: In good condition, working, it shows signs of wear due to time. Dimensions: H...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Space Age Sputnik Chrome Cascade Chandelier 4-Light Pendant Ceiling Lamp
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage midcentury 1960s Italian Space Age chrome cascade 4-light pendant ceiling lamp, Measures: Diameter 17.7 in/ 45 cm Height 30 in/ 75 cm Weight 5 Kg / 12 lb 4-light bulbs E-27 /...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Space Age Sputnik Chrome Cascade Chandelier 4-Light Pendant Ceiling Lamp
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage midcentury 1960s Italian Space Age chrome Cascade 4-light pendant ceiling lamp, Measures: Diameter 17.7 in/ 45 cm Height 30 in/ 75 cm Weight 5 Kg / 12 lb 4-light bulbs E-27 /...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Italian Ceiling Lamp Murano Crystal Glass Satin Finish
By Murano Due, Carlo Nason
Located in Saddle Brook , NJ
Vintage Italian ceiling lamp Murano crystal glass satin finish and wiggly line accents. Designed by Carlo Nason and manufactured by Murano Due, Mounting: white lacquered metal with...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Vintage Italian Ceiling Lamp Murano Crystal Satin Glass Stars Details
By Murano Due, Carlo Nason
Located in Saddle Brook , NJ
Vintage Italian ceiling lamp Murano crystal satin glass with stars details. Designed by Carlo Nason and manufactured by Murano Due. Mounting: White lacquered metal with brushed nic...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Floral Italian Venetian Murano Glass Ceiling Lamp
By Vintage Italian Glass
Located in Stockholm, Sweden
Magnificent Italian ceiling light with three floral shaped Murano glass shades in white with flounce-shaped endings. The lamp's base is in brass. Each shade measures 40 x 28 x 28 cm.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Ceiling Lamp "Fazzoletto," Italy 1960 - 1965
Located in Karlsruhe, DE
Vintage ceiling lamp "Fazzoletto," Italy 1960 - 1965. Manufacturer: Italy. Material: Plastic. Italy: 1960 - 1965. Measure : 46 x 31 cm. (18.11 x 12.2 inch) Condition :...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Vintage Curved glass Chandelier by Fontana Arte, Italian Ceiling Lamp from 50s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Catania, IT
Italian Fontana Arte chandelier from 1950. Curved glass, brass and lacquer. Diameter about 70 cm. Height 110 cm.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Italian Ceiling Lamp in Opaline Glass and Aluminium, 1960s
By Vintage Italian Lamp
Located in Milano, IT
Suspension lamp from the late 1960s. The suspension contains 15 lights, each light has as its lamp holder a sphere of opaline glass. The chandelier has an aluminium structure, and is...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Multi Globe Ceiling Light
By Vintage Italian Lamp
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Very Interesting Mid- Century Italian Flush Mount Ceiling Light with six opaque globes and brass spikes in the style of Stilnovo
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Floor-to-Ceiling Lamp Chromed Metal Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A floor lamp, ceiling-to-floor spring upright with adjustable light points. Chromed metal. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Ceiling Lamp, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
Aluminum ceiling lamp, steel and glass.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

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H 35.44 in. Dm 16.15 in.
Vintage Ceiling Lamp, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp with three-light points, brass, frosted glass and methacrylate.
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Antique 1860s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 35.83 in. W 18.51 in. D 13.39 in.
Vintage Italian Prism Ceiling Lamp, 1970s
By Gino Vistosi
Located in Stockholm, SE
A ceiling lamp or chandelier in Gino Vistosi style, made of brass and smoked, beveled prism-glass discs. It was manufactured circa 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Brass Glass Vintage, Italy, 1940s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, brass and glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Guglielmo Ulrich Style Vintage, Italy, 1950s
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp in the style of Guglielmo Ulrich (1904-1977), brass. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Brass Glass Pendants Vintage, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, brass with glass pendants. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Stilnovo Ceiling Lamp Glass Aluminium Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Stilnovo, glass and aluminium. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Ceiling Lamp Gugliemo Ulrich Style Vintage, Italy, 1950s
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp in the style of Gugliermo Ulrich. Brass and decorated glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp for Fontana Arte Vintage Italy 1980s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp designed by Daniela Puppa (1947) for Fontana Arte. Chromed steel, glass. Manufactured in Milan, Italy, 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Stilnovo Ceiling Lamp Brass Glass Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Stilnovo, adjustable arms. Brass and lacquered brass, glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Stilnovo Aluminium Brass Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Stilnovo, brass, aluminium and opaline glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp by Sciolari Chromed Aluminium Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed by Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994), chromed aluminium with lacquered metal sheets. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

Ceiling Lamp Metal Glass Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, metal, glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Metal Glass Vintage Manufactured in Italy 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp with metal structure and glass pendants. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Metal and Glass Vintage, Italy, 1960s-1970s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, chromed metal and glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s-1970s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Brass Plexiglas Vintage Manufactured in Italy 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp attributable to O-Luce, brass and Plexiglas. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Brass Glass and Aluminium Vintage, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp, brass, glass and aluminium. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Lacquered Aluminium Brass Vintage, Italy, 1950s-1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, lacquered aluminium and brass. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s-1960s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp for Lumi Glass Metal Vintage Italy 1960s
By Lumi
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp attributed to Oscar Torlasco for Lumi, opaline glass and metal. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Sciolari Style Metal Vintage, Italy, 1960s-1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp in the style of Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994), metal and chromed aluminium, colored glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s-1970s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

Ceiling Lamp Attributable to Barovier & Toso Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp attributable to Barovier & Toso, metal structure, blown glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Brass Lacquered Aluminium Vintage, Italy, 1950s-1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, brass, lacquered aluminium and opaline glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s-1960s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Opaline Glass Teak Wood Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, opaline glass and teak wood. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass, Teak

Ceiling Lamp Stilnovo Lacquered Aluminium Copper Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Stilnovo, lacquered aluminium and copper. Manufactured in Milan, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Copper

Ceiling Lamp Attributed to Gino Sarfatti Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Gino Sarfatti
Located in Milano, IT
Ceiling lamp with three lights attributed to Gino Sarfatti (1912-1985). Blown glass, aluminium and brass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Chromed Metal Lacquered Aluminium Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, chromed metal, lacquered aluminium and opaline glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

Ceiling Lamp Designed for Seguso Metal Glass Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Seguso, metal and glass. Manufactured in Murano, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Metal Blown Glass Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, metal and blown glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Brass and Laquered Aluminium Vintage, Italy 1950s-1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, brass and lacquered aluminium. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s-1960s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Glass Burnished Brass Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp that recalls the style of Azucena, glass and burnished brass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Metal and Glass Ceiling Lamp Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A metal and glass ceiling lamp with 5 light points. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed for Seguso Metal Glass Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed for Seguso, metal and glass. Manufactured in Murano, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed for Lumi Glass Brass Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Lumi
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp designed by Pia Guidetti Crippa for Lumi, glass and brass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Stained Wood Glass Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, stained wood and glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass, Wood

Ceiling Lamp Metal Colored Glass Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A ceiling lamp, metal, colored glass. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Brass and Glass Ceiling Lamp Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A brass and glass ceiling lamp. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Italian Brass Ceiling Lamp in the Style of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
This ceiling lamp was produced in Italy. It is made from brass and features two movable arms, two lights, a counterweight and a reflector shade measurements: The arm with the lamp:...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

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Vintage Italian Ceiling Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the vintage Italian ceiling lamp you’re looking for. A vintage Italian ceiling lamp — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect vintage Italian ceiling lamp — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right vintage Italian ceiling lamp, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made vintage Italian ceiling lamp over the years, but those crafted by Lumi, Gaetano Sciolari and Stilnovo are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Vintage Italian Ceiling Lamp?

The average selling price for a vintage Italian ceiling lamp at 1stDibs is $1,024, while they’re typically $159 on the low end and $8,581 for the highest priced.

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.