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Large Handcrafted Copper, Brass & Beveled Glass Wall Lanterns, Pair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of sizable, 3-candlestick light, copper, and brass lantern sconces in an elongated, octagon shape curving at the top and bottom and finished with finials. The segmented glass ...
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1940s Vintage Lanterns

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Brass, Copper

Barovier et Toso Attributed, 14 Pulegoso Leaves Reticello Bowl, 1940s, Murano
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural chandelier with a unique combination of reticello and Pulegoso finis. The reticello bowl what indicates the decade. It's made by overlapping two filigree bowls spiralizer ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Glass, Blown Glass, Milk Glass, Murano Glass

Japan Hard to Find "Baby Piglet" Garden Lighting Lantern
Located in South Burlington, VT
Hard to find baby piglet lantern that bursts with brilliant night light. Brilliantly designed and a handsome lantern to admire at night. Japan, this handsome quality old style ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Rare Pair Nautical Light House Lanterns
Located in South Burlington, VT
Rare pair in bronze and green- beaming night light for safe harbor These unusual "Light house" themed garden lanterns is the first pair of these handsome designs we have seen. ...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Venini Inspired Clear Murano Glass Prism Spiral Chandelier
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Toni Zuccheri, Murano 5, Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Italian mid-century Murano Venini style glass spiral chandelier with clear prisms on a chrome structure. This murano chandelier is newly wired for US market. This murano glass lanter...
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1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Lanterns

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Set of Iron Lanterns
Located in Dallas, TX
Iron set of gas lanterns. Beautiful details along the top. Item origin; France.
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Mid-20th Century French Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

  • Mid Century Set of Iron Lanterns
  • Vintage Mid Century Set of Iron Lanterns
  • Mid Century Set of Iron Lanterns
  • Vintage Mid Century Set of Iron Lanterns
H 46 in. W 14 in. D 22 in.
Mid-Century Venini Style Murano Glass Chandelier
By Barovier&Toso, Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Toni Zuccheri, Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Italian mid-century murano glass chandelier inspired by Venini. This vintage murano chandelier is comprised of unusual oval shaped textured blown glass tubes suspended from a...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Chrome

Danish Mid-Century Teak Tripod Floor Lamp 1960s Vintage Ufo Bubble Lantern Luxus
By Luxus Vittsjö, Kaare Klint
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Add a nice warm glow to your interior, or even re-upholster the beehive to better match your interior. Lower style floor lamp at just under 4 feet.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Teak

Pair of Pendants by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Model 1933, Italy, 1961
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Very elegant pair of pendants by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, Model 1933, Italy, 1961. Organically shaped double lens cut panels of thick Murano polished glass with etched glass cen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Pair Large Opalescent Glass Pendants by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena Italy
By Azucena, Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A pair of impressive, refined three-light pendants by the famous Italian artist and designer Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Italy, 1950. Large-sized spheres of Murano hand blown opalescent ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Prismatic Storm Lantern by Jean Perzel, France Circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Prismatic storm lantern by Jean Perzel France Circa 1950 Green painted lantern with prismatic glass shade. Measures: 10”diameter x 16.5”height.
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20th Century French Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

Original Austrian Mastercraft, Big Lantern Made in Wrought Iron
By Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Mastercraft - Big lantern made in wrought iron Suitable for the US Measures: Height: 85 cm (33.46 inch) Length: 135 cm (53.15 inch) Length: custom made Ø: 42 cm (16.54 ...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Ceiling Pendants Chandelier Brass Murano Glass by Esperia, Italy, 1990s
By Esperia
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Limited edition of 4 large ceiling pendants lights lanterns or chandelier, model "Boccione" by the manufacture Esperia, Murano glass and brass. Wired for US. Delivered with a certifi...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Hexagonal Outdoor Lantern, England Circa 1900
Located in Culver City, CA
Hexagonal outdoor lantern England Circa 1900 Chipped green paint, with pale brown cathedral glass. Measures: 8.25”diameter x 12.5”height.
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20th Century English Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

Painted Tole Lanterns, France Circa 1920
Located in Culver City, CA
*Please note the price is per unit, and the lights are sold individually* Painted Tole Lanterns France Circa 1920 In original distressed finish and newly wired. Measures:...
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20th Century French Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

Italian Carved Parcel-Gilt Lantern
Located in Westwood, NJ
Italian Rococo style carved painted and gilded hall lantern with carved shells, acanthus leaves, and berries.
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Late 20th Century European Rococo Vintage Lanterns

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Wood

  • Italian Carved Parcel-Gilt Lantern
  • Italian Carved Parcel-Gilt Lantern
  • Italian Carved Parcel-Gilt Lantern
  • Italian Carved Parcel-Gilt Lantern
H 41 in. W 21 in. D 21 in.
Scandinavian Brass Lantern Candle Holders
Located in London, GB
Set of three brass lantern candle holders with glass diffusers, Scandinavian 1960's, for indoor and outdoor use. They have a clever internal push up spring system for the candles so...
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1960s European Scandinavian Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Japanese Big Hand Painted Squirrel Lighting Lantern
Located in South Burlington, VT
First we've seen A great squirrel lighting lantern- first we've seen this style. This handsome Japanese hand painted quality "Squirrel" lantern is a special find and an authen...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Japanese Old Jumping Fish Garden Lighting Lantern
Located in South Burlington, VT
Fishing friends delight in much original paint This unusual "Jumping Bass Fish" themed garden lantern is one of the finest of this design we have seen. It still possesses its orig...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Spiral Cascading Chandelier with Glass Shades, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1960s Sculptural cascading chandelier with five deeply cast stepped glass shades encased in colored enameled metal frames, polished brass mounts. Measures: 12 Ø x 50 H Rewired...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Glass

Three White Stilnovo Pendant Lanterns, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
STILNOVO, 1960s Three white enameled lanterns with clear and opaline glass diffusers, nickeled mounts. Could be mounted as ceiling lights. Rewired for the U.S. with one standard base...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

Japanese Pair Antique Tall Gilt Standing Owl Lighting Lanterns
Located in South Burlington, VT
Tallest size, excellent details. Japan, a rare pair (2) of tall old, attractive and sturdy antique two section lanterns with handsome iconic expressive "Watchful Owl" motifs. ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Large J.T. Kalmar Textured Glass Pendant, circa 1950
By J.T. Kalmar, Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
Large textured glass and brass pendant by J.T. Kalmar, circa 1950. Made from a single sheet of textured glass which is 'curled' into a large, slightly organic, cylinder. One original...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of French Mid-Century Brass Chinese Lattice Lantern Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Mid-Century (1940s) brass wall sconces with Chinese lattice-design wall brackets supporting four-sided fixtures with frosted glass panels. (PRICED AS Pair).  
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Large Pair of Brass Wall Lantern, Sconces
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Pair of elegant wall sconces hand crafted from solid brass beautiful patina, with one 60/watt light each, projecting the light upward, great decorative fixture for any location indoo...
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20th Century American Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

  • Large Pair of Brass Wall Lantern, Sconces
  • Large Pair of Brass Wall Lantern, Sconces
  • Large Pair of Brass Wall Lantern, Sconces
  • Large Pair of Brass Wall Lantern, Sconces
H 17.25 in. W 13 in. D 6 in.
Unmatching Pair of Rattan Bamboo Pendants / Hanging Lights
Located in Barcelona, ES
Beautiful pair of rattan pendants with conical lampshades with unmatching design. Italy, 1960s. These suspension lamps or lanterns feature conical lampshades made of rattan canes. O...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Japanese Old Cast "Flowers & Bamboo" Black Flower Garden Lantern
Located in South Burlington, VT
Fresh find Japan, this handsome quality "Flowers & Bamboo" motif tea garden lantern is only the second of its kind we have ever seen. In a convenient portable size and displaying ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Vintage Cobalt Blue Glass Lantern
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1950's Anglo Indian blue glass lantern with insert crystals. Measurements: Diameter: 10" Drop 24".  
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1950s English Vintage Lanterns

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Crystal

Boho Chic Moroccan Style Brass Wall Sconce or Lantern, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A stylish pair of Boho Chic Moroccan style sconces or wall lanterns. The wall sconces are finely handmade of high quality brass featuring a large floral design in the center and geom...
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Late 20th Century Bohemian Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Brutalist Pandent Lantern Sweden, circa 1960s
Located in Verviers, BE
A Brutalist pandent Lantern Sweden circa 1960s As service: We can adjust the lamp height for you in advance if needed Beautiful when lit. And safe for immediate usage in the W...
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1960s Swedish Brutalist Vintage Lanterns

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Brass Sphere Chandelier Paul Mayen Attributed
By Paul Mayen
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern brass sphere chandelier attributed to Paul Mayen. Six square brass tubes arched and connected to create a brass sphere. Brass sphere surrounding three white glas...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Italian Zero Quattro-Fontana Arte Frosted Glass Sphere Chandelier or Pendant
By Zero Quattro, Max Ingrand, Quattro Zero Edited By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Houston, TX
Chic Italian Mid-Century Modern sandblasted glass lantern style sphere chandelier or pendant with chrome structure. This Italian lantern style glass fixture was made by 04 (Zero Quat...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Glass

Japan Old Pair "Butterfly" Flower Garden Lighting Lanterns
Located in South Burlington, VT
Butterflies galore- An unusual pair (2) and find And bursting with evocative night light (see photo) Japan, these handsome heavy hand cast quality old "Butterfly" motif tea gar...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Murano Glass Chandelier, Mangiarotti Inspired, Italy, 1960s
By Mazzega, Barovier, Vetri, Angelo Mangiarotti, Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Interesting large murano chandelier or murano glass lantern inspired by Mangiarotti of Murano, Italy. This stunning Mid-Century Modern murano glass chandelier has blown glass chain p...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Venini Attributed Murano Glass Chandelier
By Barovier, Venini, Mazzega, Barovier&Toso
Located in Houston, TX
Mid-Century Modern Venini attributed Murano glass chandelier. This unusual Murano glass chandelier, lantern or pendant has been newly wired with new sockets for U.S application. H...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Japanese Iron Owl Lantern Incense Burner
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century iron owl sculpture with a nice applied patina. Removable top for use as a lantern with a small candle or perhaps for burning incense, Japan, 1950s.
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Italian 1950s Lantern, Brass and Textured Glass
By Arredoluce, Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine Italian cage lantern or pendant from the early 1950s. The large glass diffuser is textured on the in- and outside and "caged" by brass ribbons. Good original condition with a fa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

20th Century English Naval Searchlight
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
A fantastic mid 20th century English naval searchlight, mounted on an earlier 20th century tripod. These lamps would have been mounted on military or shipping vessels. Condition ...
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20th Century British Vintage Lanterns

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Steel

Moorish Hanging Lantern with Coloured Glass Panels
Located in London, GB
An early twentieth century Moorish hanging lantern with metal frame incorporating mounted flowers and finials to the top and bottom of the corners. With blue, green, amber and clear ...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

Large Murano Glass Pendant, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso, Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
Lovely Murano glass pendant from the 1970s. Transparent glass with thousands of air bubbles of varying sizes. The rim of the frilled glass is composed of a white opaque glass border....
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Lanterns

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Chrome

  • Large Murano Glass Pendant, 1970s
  • Large Murano Glass Pendant, 1970s
  • Large Murano Glass Pendant, 1970s
  • Large Murano Glass Pendant, 1970s
H 25.2 in. Dm 20.48 in.
Italian Midcentury Murano Clear Cut Glass Star Lantern, Pendant by Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Rare and exceptional hand blown Murano ultra clear cut glass pendant or lantern by Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950s. This fixture is composed by six beveled glass panels with elegant cut p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Midcentury Venini Style Italian Murano Glass Chandelier
By Toni Zuccheri, Seguso, Salviati, Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Midcentury tubular murano glass chandelier, murano glass pendant or Murano glass lantern in the style of Venini, circa 1960. This Murano chandelier can be suspended from a chain if e...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Chrome

Vintage Fontana Arte Clear Etched Glass and Brass Lantern, Pendant, Italy, 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A lovely Vintage handmade Fontana Arte blown glass lantern with elegant design etched pattern and Fine brass work, Italy, 1950s. This piece is in very good vintage condition, no dama...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Japanese Old Vintage Pair "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lanterns
Located in South Burlington, VT
From our recent garden acquisitions- a happy pair with original box Japan, this handsome pair (2) of quality vintage iron halloween happy Jack-O-Lanterns with their friendly bi-f...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

Florian Schulz Vintage Modernist Brass Counterbalanced Adjustable Pendant Light
By Florian Schulz
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Very rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern vintage German made large polished brass adjustable counterweight hanging pendant light or lamp model 'Keos' designed and manufactured by Flo...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Metal, Brass

Japanese Old Vintage "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lantern
Located in South Burlington, VT
From our recent acquisitions- an old vintage example Japan, this handsome quality iron halloween Jack-O-Lantern with its two charming faces still retains its original black, green...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

  • Japanese Old Vintage "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lantern
  • Japanese Old Vintage "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lantern
  • Japanese Old Vintage "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lantern
  • Japanese Old Vintage "Jack-O-Lantern" Lighting Lantern
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Murano Glass Waterfall Chandelier by Carlo Nason for Mazzega
By Toni Zuccheri, AVMazzega, Mazzega, Carlo Nason, Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning murano glass chandelier or pendant by Carlo Nason for Mazzega. Our Mid-Century Modern Mazzega murano glass chandelier features gorgeous sheets of golden yellow and clear gla...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Chrome

Rare Perko Maritime Beacon
Located in Norwell, MA
Very unusual industrial port and starboard beacon. With two red and two green panels. Thick Fresnel lenses. This is built to a very strong standard. Probably from a pier.
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1940s European Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

  • Rare Perko Maritime Beacon
  • Rare Perko Maritime Beacon
  • Rare Perko Maritime Beacon
  • Rare Perko Maritime Beacon
H 14 in. W 10.5 in. D 10.5 in.
Polished Steel Port and Starboard Ship Lanterns
Located in Norwell, MA
Port and starboard ships lanterns with Fresnel lenses. Vented tops, carry handles and sliding rear doors. Recently rewired for home use. Very clean. Both have clear lenses with no re...
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1950s Central American Vintage Lanterns

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Steel

1970s Gaetano Sciolari Cyclone Pendant Chandelier Original Label
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Roma, IT
Italian ”Cyclone” pendant fixture by Gaetano Sciolari in polished aluminum Original label Center shade in acrylic Designer Max Sauze 1970s.  
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Aluminum

Brass Bow Lantern by British Maker Seahorse
Located in Norwell, MA
Highly polished brass yacht lantern with clear masthead lens and res and green bullseye glass port and starboard lenses. Hinged door to rear that has a seahorse badge attached. Vente...
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1930s English Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

1960s Italian Metal Chandelier by Mario Marenco for Artemide Cynthia Model
By Mario Marenco
Located in Roma, IT
Sculptural Italian chandelier by Mario Marenco (1933-2019) “Cynthia” model Silvered pendant lamp for Artemide 1968 Published in the Catalogue Artemide 1970 page 71. -Giuliana Gra...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Aluminum

Iron Lantern Whit Bautiful Patina, 1950s
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
27 x 27 x 40 cm 79 total with the hanging chain It seems to be taken out of a story, it is very beautiful, both for its shape and for the beautiful patina Keep your skate, it's...
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Mid-20th Century English Other Vintage Lanterns

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Iron

  • Iron Lantern Whit Bautiful Patina, 1950s
  • Iron Lantern Whit Bautiful Patina, 1950s
  • Iron Lantern Whit Bautiful Patina, 1950s
  • Iron Lantern Whit Bautiful Patina, 1950s
H 15.75 in. W 10.63 in. D 10.63 in.
Midcentury Lamp Sciolari Style Chandelieror Brass Opaline Glass, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Round tulips opal glass with 4 lights. Midcentury Italian brass chandelier. Sciolari style Ideal lamps to illuminate a space, room, living room, bedroom or entrance. Italian...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Metal

One Large and One Small Glass and Brass Lanterns or Pendant Lights
Located in London, GB
One large and one small glass and brass lanterns or pendant lights, sold as a pair. the brass is heavy and beautifully crafted. Dimensions posted are of the large one. The small one...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

1980's Monumental Brass Bound Beveled Glass Panel Lantern Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Monumental 1980's polished brass bound beveled glass panel pendant foyer chandelier with interior brass 2 tier candelabra with 12 candlestick lights. Lamp body measures 41" height x...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Vintage Gold and Brass 4 Light Lantern
By Moe Lighting
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a lovely vintage gold and brass 4 light lantern from circa 1955. Lovely restored Moe Lighting Lantern from circa 1955. Made in the U.S.A. 4 bulb Lantern in full f...
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Mid-20th Century American American Classical Vintage Lanterns

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Brass, Gold Leaf

  • Vintage Gold and Brass 4 Light Lantern
  • Vintage Gold and Brass 4 Light Lantern
  • Vintage Gold and Brass 4 Light Lantern
  • Vintage Gold and Brass 4 Light Lantern
H 29 in. W 12 in. D 12 in.
Set of Three Elegant Wall Lights Attributed to Luigi Caccia Dominioni
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Classy and sophisticated set of three wall lights attributed to Luigi Caccia Dominioni. These lights have a sinuous arm and a decorated base holder made of brass. The lighting elemen...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

Materials

Brass

Hans Agne Jakobsson Hurricane Brass Candle Holder L102/32 Markaryd Sweden 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Hans Agne Jakobsson hurricane candle holder model no. L102/32. The hurricane is made of solid brass with a mouth blown smoke colored glass globe. Made by Hans Agne Jakobsson A/B in...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of Ships Copper Cargo Light Fixtures
Located in Norwell, MA
Copper and brass ships ceiling lights from a cargo ship. Ex Shipbreakers Yard. Polished, not wired. Circa 1995
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1980s Japanese Vintage Lanterns

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Brass, Copper

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Vintage Lanterns For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of vintage lanterns available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, glass and brass, all vintage lanterns available were constructed with great care. There are all kinds of vintage lanterns available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Neoclassical vintage lanterns are consistently popular styles. Venini, Ercole Barovier and Barovier&Toso each produced beautiful vintage lanterns that are worth considering.

How Much are Vintage Lanterns?

Prices for vintage lanterns can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, vintage lanterns begin at $1 and can go as high as $150,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,216.

Finding the Right Lanterns for You

Whether you’re in search of a functional fixture to help illuminate a room or just a minimalist ornamental touch, the choice of lighting is important. Selecting the perfect vintage, new or antique lanterns can transform an otherwise monotonous space in your home.

In the 1700s, lanterns became widely popular when accessibility broadened for whale oil, as fuel for lamps was one of its earliest uses. Lantern design evolved considerably during the mid- to late 19th century, when a powerful, adaptable fuel came into play: kerosene. Portable and immediately sought after, kerosene lamps were traditionally surrounded by a glass globe or tube that sat on a metal frame to protect the flame from spreading or extinguishing. (While reproductions abound, antique kerosene lanterns have since become collector's items.)

Later, in 1862, John H. Irwin created coil oil lamps, which were designed for coal oils as well as kerosene and lessened the risk of fire. They required plentiful oxygen to remain lit, and with refinements, the lamps could be used indoors. Lanterns increasingly came to be part of commercial spaces such as museums and theaters, and over time, lighting artisans worked to refine and perfect these innovative fixtures so that they weren’t only practical but also elegant, sophisticated additions to home decor.

Antiques inject a touch of classical chic into any space. With the right lantern, you could also deepen the impact of the collection of vases and vessels, sculptures or other decorative objects in a living room or dining room. It’s essential to find a balance between utility and aesthetics when choosing the perfect vintage–style lantern for your space, and the right lighting decisions can determine the underlying mood of a room as well as enhance the choices you’ve made for your home’s decor. While old-time charm is something to be cherished, there is lots to love in modern lanterns from today’s top furniture designers.

On 1stDibs, search by creator to find lanterns crafted by the likes of Woka Lamps, Barovier & Toso and Material Lust or browse the collection by style. From today’s standouts to mid-century modern classics to Art Deco–era innovations, find the best vintage, new or antique lantern for you now.