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Rare Large German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Paolo Venini, Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown multi-color glass and black lacquered metal pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass/body D 13.8 in, H 13.8 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Rare Large German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown white matte glass and chrome pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass/body D 15 in, H 13 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Carlo Nason, J.T. Kalmar, Mazzega
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown textured bubble glass globe and brass pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass D 13.8 in, H 10 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial factory pendant Green / grey enamel, white interior Weight: 1.50 kg / 3.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standard...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant Gray enamel shade, white inside. Dark gray / green cast aluminum top Weight: 2.90 kg / 6.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made s...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Aluminum

Large Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp. Black enamel. White interior. Weight: 5.3 kg / 11.7 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulbs, energ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Scissor Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large scissor light. Black enamel pendant. White interior. Mounting plate: 12 × 7cm. Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by ...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

Dark Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dark green enamel factory pendant from the Ukraine. White interior. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Light Petrol Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Petrol enamel industrial pendant. White interior. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb Priced individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Green Vintage Industrial Holophane Glass Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel Industrial pendant. Green enamel shade, white inside. Dark grey/green cast aluminium top. Weight: 3.5 kg / 7.7 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international sta...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Enamel

White Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Hanging Light Pendants
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging light. White enamel. White interior. Weight: 1.4 kg / 3.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandesce...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Metal Top Pendant Light
By Mazda
Located in Amsterdam, NL
French factory light. Black enamel. Used in warehouses and factories. Weight: 5.10 kg / 11.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Metal

Blue Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Hanging Light Pendant
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Blue enamel, white interior Weight: 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulbs, energy-efficient and LED bulbs. E...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Dark Blue Enamel French Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Small French industrial pendant. Excluding light bulb Weight 0.3 kg / 0.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for in...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Zeiss Ikon Mirror Glass Vintage Industrial Hanging Light Pendant
By Zeiss Ikon
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Zeiss Ikon mirror glass pendant Aluminium top 2 meter black wire excluding light bulb E27 / E26 Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Light Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Opaline Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Light Green enamel factory pendant. White inside. White opaline glass Measure: Diameter glass 21 cm Weight: 2.20 kg / 4.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Gray Brown Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Hanging Light Pendant
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Gray brown enamel, white interior Measures: 80" / 200 cm black cotton wire. Weight: 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandesce...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Hanging Light Pendants (13x)
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging light. Black enamel. White interior. Weight: 1.4 kg / 3.1 lb Priced individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent l...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

White Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Metal Top Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass pendant. 2 meter black wire Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent li...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Cast Iron Porcelain Glass Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, cast iron and clear glass. green enamel shade 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item....
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Enamel

Dark Grey Raw Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light Cast Iron Top
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Grey enamel industrial pendant. Nicely aged coloring in patina. White interior. Weight: 7.5 kg / 16.5 lb. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for inca...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Enamel

White Porcelain Vintage Industrial Holophane Glass Hanging Light
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial pendant. White porcelain, clear Holophane glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by interna...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Porcelain, Glass

Black Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging light black green enamel, white interior Weight: 1.50 kg / 3.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for ...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Wonderful German Vintage Ceiling Light Chandelier, 1960s
By Palwa
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful crystal glass, gold plated brass pendant chandelier. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Diameter 22 in Height (body) 13 in Lamp sockets: 10.
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Mid-20th Century German Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Wonderful Large Austrian Vintage Ceiling Light Chandelier, 1960s
By Bakalowits & Söhne
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful crystal glass, brass and nickel pendant chandelier. Austria, 1960s. Measures: Diameter 27.5 in Height (body) 6 in Lamp sockets: 8x E27 (US E26).
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Nickel, Brass

Vintage Hand Carved Wooden Lustermanchen Sculpture Chandelier W. Lantern Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and hand carved, beer serving landlord chandelier with real ibex horns. If you are looking for a decorative light fixture for a bar, pub, tavern, restaurant, mancave or lodge t...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Black Forest Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Huge Vintage Murano Glass Tiered Chandelier, 78 Glasses, Light Amber
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage chandelier in Murano glass and nickel plated metal structure on 4 levels. The armor polished nickel supports 78 large light amber glass tubes in a star shape. Period:...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Large 1970s Vintage Chrome Textured Glass Pendant Light by Peill & Putzler
By Peill & Putzler, Koch & Lowy
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Vintage midcentury pendant light by German lighting manufacture Peill & Putzler in the late 1970s. This is an absolutely Classic piece of design, featuring a clear textured glass sha...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Chrome

Steel Gray Vintage Industrial Scissor Spot Light Clear Glass
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scissor Varia steel pendant. Gray metal spot light with clear glass. Measures: Mounting plate: 12 × 7 cm. Weight: 7.0 kg / 15.4 lb. All lamps have been made suitable by intern...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Steel

Vintage Purple Murano Handblown Caged Glass Iron Lantern or Ceiling Light
By Venini
Located in Coimbra, PT
Measures: Diameter 12 in / 30 cm Height 32 in (17 in+ 13 in/chain) /80 cm (45 cm + 35 cm/chain) Weight: 6 lb/3 Kg 0ne light bulb E27/ 60 W, good working condition/European wiring...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Iron, Iron

Vintage Danish White Tiered Pendant Lamp from Design-Light, 1970s
By Design-Light
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Tiered hanging ceiling light consisting of seven shades - Designed and manufactured by Design-Light in Denmark during the 1970s - Reminiscent of the PH 4 and PH 5 lamps by Poul H...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

20th Century Italian Vintage Chrome Chandelier or Pendant Light, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
An Italian 20th century vintage pendant lamp or chandelier in Apace Age design composed of five tubular chrome shades with individual sockets in revisited Sputnik style. Italy, circa...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Vintage Danish White Tiered Ceiling Lamp from Design-Light, 1970s
By Design-Light
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Tiered hanging ceiling light consisting of seven shades - Designed and manufactured by Design-Light in Denmark during the 1970s - Reminiscent of the PH 4 and PH 5 lamps by Poul H...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Scottish 8 Light Red Deer Antler Chandelier Mid 20th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a huge fantastic vintage Scottish eight light chandelier made from naturally shed red deer antlers, and mid 20th century in date. The chandelier features twenty seven red...
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Vintage 1950s Scottish Chandeliers and Pendants

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Antler

Mid Century German Vintage Gilt Brass and Glass Ceiling Light Chandelier, 1960s
By Palwa
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful crystal glass and gold-plated brass pendant chandelier by Palwa (Palme & Walter). Germany, 1960s. Measures: Diameter 17.5 in Height (body) 9 in. Lamp sockets: 7.  
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Beautiful Italian Vintage Glass Sputnik Pendant Light Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful glass and nickel Snowball chandelier. Italy, 1960s Lamp sockets: 10
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Italian Vintage Sculptural Sixteen-Arm Chandelier Pendant Light 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful vintage 16 Arm modernist Sciolari chandelier. Italy, 1960s. Measure: Diameter 20 In Height (body without bulbs) 9.5 In
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italien Vintage Sciolari Tube Chandelier Ceiling Pendant Light, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Minimalist brass chandelier. Italy, 1960s. Measurements: Diameter (Body) 12 in Height (Body) 9 in. Lamp sockets: 12  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Minimalist Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italy Midcentury Brutalist Pendant Light with Stunning Mouth Blown Glass Discs
By Vintage Murano Gallery
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare design pendant with large, mouth blown art glass discs in gilt wrought iron frame. If you are looking for a striking and extraordinary light fixture to grace your midcentury li...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Medical Light Pendant
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
This Medical light has been mounted with pendant hardware to create an amazing and original fixture. Wired for standard bulbs is gives off great light and makes a great conversation ...
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Mid-20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

  • Vintage Medical Light Pendant
  • Vintage Medical Light Pendant
  • Vintage Medical Light Pendant
  • Vintage Medical Light Pendant
H 32 in. Dm 17.5 in.
Large German Vintage Blown Glass Chandelier Pendant Ceiling Light, 1960s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful large chandelier with blown Murano glass tubes. Germany, 1960s Lamp sockets: 20
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

German Vintage Glass and Chrome Ceiling Light Chandelier Pendant, 1970s
Located in Berlin, DE
Space Age Sputnik - orbit chandelier with nine glass globes. Germany, 1970s. Measure: Height (base) 12 in.    
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Light Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Gray enamel industrial pendant. White interior. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescen...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Light Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant lamps Light green enamel shade, white inside. Metal top. Weight: 3.60 kg / 7.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by i...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Iron

Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Heath, MA
A circa 1950 Bombay movie theatre horn loudspeaker finds new life as an industrial style pendant. This aluminum light has very appealing form and its original distressed patina. Manu...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
H 33 in. W 24.75 in. D 12.50 in.
Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Heath, MA
A circa 1950 Bombay movie theater horn loudspeaker finds new life as an industrial style pendant. This aluminum light has very appealing form and an authentic distressed patina. Manu...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
H 26 in. W 24.75 in. D 12.50 in.
Vintage Ten-Light Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A ten light Sputnik chandelier with numerous glass rods hangs from a nickel-plated central pole that can be adjusted to ceiling height.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

German Vintage Gilt Brass and Glass Ceiling Light Pendant Chandelier, 1960s
By Palwa, Christoph Palme
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful massive crystal glass drops and gold/nickel-plated brass pendant chandelier. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Diameter 17 in Height (body) min.: 7.1 in. Lamp sockets: 8.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Sculptural French Vintage Ceiling Light Chandelier Flush Mount or Pendant, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Vintage Sputnik - Orbit chandelier with six massive textured glass tubes. France, 1960s. Lamp sockets: 6.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage VeArt Murano Art Glass Scavo Pendant Chandelier Light Fixture, 1960s
By VeArt
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage VeArt Murano art glass Scavo pendant chandelier light fixture, 1960s. Gorgeous, substantial piece that is as fresh and interesting today as it was 60 years ago. Lovely organi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass, Art Glass

Decorative Vintage Murano Glass Ceiling Light Pendant Chandelier by Venini 1960s
By VeArt
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful large blowing colored Murano glass flower chandelier by Venini for VeArt, Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

Light Blue Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging light blue enamel, black type, white interior Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

German Vintage Gilt Brass and Glass Ceiling Light Pendant Chandelier, 1960s
By Palwa
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful optical crystal glass and gold-plated brass pendant chandelier. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Diameter 19.7 in Height (body) 12 in. Current total height: 27.5 in Lamp sockets: ...
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Mid-20th Century German Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Austrian Vintage Crystal Glass and Gilt Brass Ceiling Light Pendant Chandelier
By Bakalowits & Söhne
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful vinage crystal glass and gilt brass chandelier. Austria, 1960s. Lamp sockets 4
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Space Age Sputnik Chrome Cascade Chandelier/ Vintage Light Pendant Ceiling Lamp
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage Mid-Century 1960s Italian Space Age chrome cascade six-light pendant ceiling lamp/white opaline glass globes.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

20th Century Vintage Adjustable Glass Pendant Light, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
A Spanish 1970s pendant light or hanging lamp with a green colored shade, chrome details, and a retractable stem which is adjustable through the use of a handle.
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Light Blue Enamel French Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Small French industrial pendant. Measure: Weight 0.3 kg / 0.7 lb E14 bulb holder. Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incan...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging light gray enamel white interior Weight: 2.80 kg / 6.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incan...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

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Vintage Mid Century Chandelier Pendant Light For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the vintage mid century chandelier pendant light you’re looking for. A vintage mid century chandelier pendant light — often made from metal, glass and enamel — can elevate any home. Find 209 options for an antique or vintage vintage mid century chandelier pendant light now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the vintage mid century chandelier pendant light you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each vintage mid century chandelier pendant light bearing Industrial, Mid-Century Modern or Hollywood Regency hallmarks is very popular. Glashütte Limburg, Gaetano Sciolari and Palwa each produced at least one beautiful vintage mid century chandelier pendant light that is worth considering.

How Much is a Vintage Mid Century Chandelier Pendant Light?

Prices for a vintage mid century chandelier pendant light start at $109 and top out at $18,500 with the average selling for $832.

Finding the Right Chandeliers Pendant Lights 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.

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 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 named for 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 does the right chandelier prove stunning, 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 pendants and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.