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Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Large Forged Iron Candle Holder, 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Beautiful decorative candleholder for five large big candles, 1950s. This object shows excellent craftsmanship and many beautiful raw yet refined details. Signed by the artist: S. S....
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Rare Carl Auböck #3470 Brass Candleholder
Located in Glendale, CA
Rare Carl Auböck #3600 brass candleholder. Designed in the 1940s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of Six Jens Quistgaard Candlesticks for Dansk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of six “S” candlesticks by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. This rare example was produced in Denmark in the 1960s. They feature a cast iron body and curved base, with a patinated br...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Carl Auböck Patinated Brass Candle Holders
Located in Utrecht, NL
Pair of patinated candle holders designed by Carl Aubock in 1948. This signature piece from the Auböck collection is hand made manufactured in Vienna Austria workshop ever since 1948...
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1940s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Candlesticks Model #17 by Space Copenhagen for Gubi
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of candlesticks Model #17 by Space Copenhagen for Gubi. With its simple yet elegant silhouette, the candlestick by Space Copenhagen unifies the industrial materials of burnished...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass, Steel

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Translucent Channeled Glass Candlestick
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern candleholder was realized in Sweden, circa 1960. It features a cylindrical body with two sculptural volumetric circular details approaching its base; ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Glass

Pair of Gunnar Cyren Aglow 12 Candle Holders for Dansk, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Very elegant pair of Gunnar Cyren for Dansk candle holders made of blackened cast iron. These are very rare pieces, and even more so are the larger 12-candle models. They come with t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Sculptural Bronze Three-Arm Candelabra
Located in London, GB
Freeform bronze cast candelabra has three alternating candle holders that can hold candles up to 6 cm diameter with a scratched texture. It will make great sculptural decoration for ...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Bronze

Darling French Candle Holders Ceramic Point a la Ligne Paris, France 1960s
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC offers Pair of French Ceramic Candle Holders, Point a la Ligne, Paris, France 1960s Label present Dimensions: 3 H x 2.5 in diameter Original Preowned Vintage Condition. Wear...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic

Pair of "Pretzel" Candlesticks by Dorothy Thorpe in Black Lucite and Chrome
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare Dorothy Thorpe black Lucite "pretzel" candlesticks with chrome candleholders, circa 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Chrome

Mastodon Candlestick in Oiled Walnut and Brass by Noah Norton for Wooda
Located in Omro, WI
The Mastodon by Noah Norton for Wooda powerfully lifts and holds two tapers. Inspired by the natural world and crafted in beautiful walnut, ash, and oak, Mastodon is designed to brig...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Stoneware Candleholders by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy 1960s, Set of 2
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of Italian stoneware candlesticks with yellow and black glaze. This pattern from Aldo Londi is called Wax decor. Manufactured by Bitossi in Italy in the late 1960s. They are t...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Stoneware

Early Danish Modern "S" Candleholders by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare set of three early cast iron "S" candleholders by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1960s. Nice black patina with polished brass accents. All stamped "Denmark".
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass, Iron

Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda Candlesticks
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning set of 3 Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda glass candlesticks. The two smaller candlesticks height is 7''.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass

Extra Tall Seguso Vetri D’arte Murano Glass Scavo Style Candleholder
Located in Troy, MI
Extra tall white Scavo style Murano glass candleholder with gilded detail by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, circa 1980s. Original label still affixed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Murano Glass

Tommi Parzinger 3-Arm Nickel Candelabra
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury elegant and Classic 3-arm polished nickel candelabra designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths. Professionally plated and polished.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Nickel

Carl Auböck Rare Brass Candlestick
Located in Sharon, CT
A rare 'pricket' candlestick by the great Austrian Workshop.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Bronze

Mid-Century Set of 4 Candleholders Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
This set of 4 candleholder was designed in Sweden at Ystad Metall and by Gunnar Ander in the 1950s. The base is made of glass and the holder in brass. The pieces give that look of ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gusums Bruk 'Attribution', Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelbara. Design and production attributed to Metallslöjden Gusums Bruk, Sweden, c. 1960s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Murano / Venetian Fasce Ritorte Glass Hurricane Lamp Shades
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of fine Italian art glass hurricane shades for candlesticks. With 'fasce ritorte' twisted ribbon decoration in green and red on a clear ground. In the style of Fulvio Bianc...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Wrought Iron Candelabra, in the Style of the Artisans of Marolles
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of wrought iron candelabra, in the style of the Artisans of Marolles, circa 1950-1960 Designed for candles Same model but 1 is 39 cm high and the other 40 cm.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Wrought Iron

Swedish Designer, Organic Candlesticks, Brass, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of 3 candlesticks. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1960s.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Brass Paperweight Drumbo by Luigi Colani in 1970s
Located in Krefeld, DE
Nice 1970's full brass elephant, named "drumbo" from the 1970s. Designed by Luigi Colani for Dresdner Bank.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Metal

Danish Mid-Century Modern Brass Articulating Candleholder Nagel Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Midcentury Danish modern brass articulating candle holders. Five articulated arms, each arm measures 4.5 inches in length, entire candleholder measures 22.5 inches when fully extend...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gunnar Ander, Candleholder, Ystad Metall, Brass, Glass, Cane, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic candleholder / candle light, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1960s. In brass, cane. Stamped. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo T...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Swedish Modern Candlesticks by Lars Holmström
Located in Karlstad, SE
Candlesticks in brass by Lars Holmström, Arvika, fitting small candles. Condition: Good vintage condition with patina.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Two Porcelain Candlesticks
Located in Chorzów, PL
A set of candlesticks. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 17 cm, width 8.5 cm, depth 6 cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Porcelain

Contemporary Candle holder Arch and Ball, Extra Large in Heavy Black Steel
Located in London, GB
Louis Jobst' arch and ball extra large candle holder. The candle holder is machined from solid steel and patinated black. The candle holder shows off a contemporary form of an arch w...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Metal, Steel

Alessi Alessandro Mendini 1999 Italian Pair of Red and Blue Chrome Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
A rare pair of Anna candleholders designed by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi, signed and dated 1999. The crafted metal upper parts are in chrome and the scalloped bases are covered on...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Chrome

Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass '#3469' candleholder. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Aubö...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver and Cobalt Blue Enamel Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver and deep cobalt blue enamel candlesticks, each having a pedestal base, Denmark, Ca. 1950's-60's, Meka - maker. Each candlestick measures 2...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver, Enamel

Josef Frank, Organic Candelabra, Brass, for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic modernist candelabra that holds 6 candles. Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. Produced in 1950s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Kaare Klint,...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Geometric Four Sided Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
This refined pair of Mid-Century Modern candlesticks were realized in the United States, circa 1960. They feature four sided bases with rounded corners that taper upwards to a bobech...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Sterling Silver

Felix Agostini Style Brutalist Gilt Bronze Candlestick Candelabra
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant 1960s modern heavy bronze candlestick, candleholder, or candelabra, a design reminiscent of Felix Agostini's (1919-1980) work. Brutalist design in a handmade-feel textured pa...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Scandinavian Mid-Century Gunnar Ander Ystad Metall Pair of Candle Holders
Located in Bochum, NRW
Exceptional pair of metal and copper candlesticks, Sweden, 1950s. Designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall. Simple, elegant lines. Standard size (2cm diameter) candle. In good cond...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Iron, Copper

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Iron Candlesticks
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Hand forged with small round marble bases. Includes beeswax candles. Size: 2.75"D x 12.5"H (not including candle high).
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1970s Canadian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Marble, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Brass & Black Enamel Candle Holders, Candlesticks, Set of 3
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three Nesting Mid-Century Modern black Enamel and Brass candle holders or candlesticks. The set is very old and we intentionally left the brass in its original condition. Th...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Steel, Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Green Candlesticks Made of Aluminum by Emalox Norway
By Quist Präsente
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This pair of candlesticks is made of aluminium with a layer of green enamel. They are made by Emalox Norway and were sold by Quist Präsente which is also marked on the bottom.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Aluminum

Large Hand-Wrought Iron Candleholder
Located in Providence, RI
Large hand-wrought iron candleholder, circa 1955. Signed "SSS" in a triangle, near the intersection of the two elements, underneath the crosshatching. * Free shipping at full price ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Swedish Designer, Organic Candlesticks, Dark-Stained Wood, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of candlesticks. Produced in turned solid dark-stained wood. Unmarked.     
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Wood

Carl Auböck #7234 Brass Candleholder
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #7234 candleholder. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Italian Ceramic Owls Candle Holders by Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of 1970’s Italian ‘Rimini Blue’ ceramic owl candlestick by Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter. In beautiful vintage condition. Retain the Rosenthal Netter label. Measurements: 7” H...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #3469 Polished Brass Candleholder
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3469 polished brass candleholder. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstä...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gusums Bruk, Candlesticks, Brass, Sweden, 1982
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of candle holders. Design and production by Metallslöjden Gusums Bruk, Sweden. In heavy alloy brass.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Fritz Nagel 1960s Design Modular and Chrome Candleholder Set of S22 Collection
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Fritz Nagel 1970s design modular and chrome candleholder set composed of a tripode base, 8 candlesticks in which you could put up to 3 candles and a ball. High quality, amazing and h...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Chrome

Set of Two Pottery Candleholder by Cari Zalloni for Steuler, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Set of two ceramic candleholder elements Model: 150-25 Producer: Steuler, Germany Design: Cari Zalloni Decade: 1970s Description: The...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic

Pair of Towle Sterling Candlesticks
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish Mid-Century Modern set of sterling silver candlesticks date to the 1950s-1960s and were created by Towle. Note: The two pieces vary slightly in dimensions and that is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver

Set of Three Silver Plate Column Candlesticks
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of three silver plate column candlesticks - a handsome trio ready for your next dinner party or soiree! 3 sizes all 3" x 3" x 12"/9"/6".
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Silver Plate

Pair of 1960s DanPresent Danish Brass Candle Holders
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Pair of 1960s candle holders by Danpresent, Denmark. Made from solid brass. In good vintage condition, the brass has tarnished through time. Both candle holders retain the original l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Candlesticks in Fluted Bronze by Tinos, 1930s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of vertically fluted candleholders in solid bronze. Designed and manufactured by Tinos in Denmark during the 1930s. They are to be fitted with regular sized candles. Measureme...
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1930s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Bronze

Four Mid Century Sterling Silver Double Branch Candlesticks by J. Tostrup Norway
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This set of four double branch sterling candlesticks were made in the period and style of Mid-Century Modern and are signed by J. Tostrup of Norway. Each candlestick has a black enam...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver

Midcentury Mexican Sterling Silver Candlesticks
Located in Stamford, CT
Artist-signed P.Lopez. G. Eagle mark circa 1948 midcentury Mexican famous artist. Unique flowing line two arm candlesticks. Art Deco design.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver

Danish Designer, Candlesticks, Solid Turned Rosewood, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of four candlesticks, in solid turned rosewood. Dimensions of each in decreasing order of height: 2.13 inches in diameter x 10 inches tall, 2.13 inches in diameter x 8 inche...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Rosewood

Swedish 1960s Steel Hearts Candelabra
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Swedish hand-wrought steel candelabra with four candleholders. 18 cut steel hearts adorn frame. Signed with stamp, Made in Sweden.    
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Steel

Set of 3 Italian Modern "Scavo" Glass Candlesticks, Cenedese
Located in Hollywood, FL
With incremental height differeces. Scavo glass is a Venetian glass technique that is highly sought after. These are stunning examples. Tallest is 18", middle is 15.5", shortest 13".
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Glass

Tommi Parzinger Pair of Candelabra in Polished Brass, 1950s, 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
Pair of candelabra, each holding 1 candle, in polished brass with engraved concentric circles, by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths, American, 1950’s (signed on bottom “Dorlyn ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Dorothy Thorpe "Pretzel" Twisted Lucite Candlesticks with Chrome Holders
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of classic Dorothy Thorpe twisted Lucite candlesticks with nickel plated candle holders. Set does show some internal age cracks, one candle stick is worse than the other, come w...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Chrome

Stuart Devlin, Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Candlesticks, London, 1974
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1974 by Stuart Devlin, this wonderful pair of Sterling Silver Candlesticks, have hand forged stems, and hand made cylindrical tapered filigree shades. Each ca...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver

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