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Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Gunnar Ander, Ceiling Mounted Candelabra, Ystad Metall, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. Stamped. Can either be hung from ceiling, or placed on table. Other designers of the period inclu...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Lars Holmström, Organic Candelabra, Brass, for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic candelabra, designed by Lars Holmström for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. For small candles. Accepts 0.5 inch diameter candles Other designers of the period inc...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Gunnar Ander, Organic Candelabra, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small candelabra, attributed to Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. For small candles. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Pa...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Steel

Baccarat Chandeliers, Attributed Jaques Adnet
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Baccarat chandeliers. Attributed Jaques Adnet Sealed Baccarat in the base- circa 1950 Measures: 25 cm x 24 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Crystal

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 Candelabras

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Bronze

Sterling Uber-Modern Midcentury Candelabras
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are proud to offer this pair of three-branch sterling silver midcentury candelabras. They are uber-modern and futuristic. Different heights -10” and 7” and shapes— circular and sq...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Sterling Silver

Raymor Midcentury Candelabra Wall Sconce
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, wall mount, candelabra or candle sconce by Raymor with elliptical shape walnut back and wrought iron candle holders.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

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 Candelabras

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Nickel

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 Candelabras

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Steel

Brass Mid-Century Candleholder, Signed by Metalsmith Fordos, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Brass mid-century candleholder, signed, 1970's.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Scandinavian Candelabra in Pine by Erik Höglund
Located in Karlstad, SE
Very rare candelabra in pine by Erik Höglund, Sweden. Playful shapes and great craftsmanship is significant for Erik Höglund wooden pieces, who was mostly known for his art glass wo...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Copper

Silver Candelabra, 9 Candle, Signed Umbra on Bottom, Plated Finish
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A good size candelabra in silver finish. Marked and signed under Neath umbra design. See close up photos. Not many around now.
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1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Fontana Arte and Pietro Chiesa Iconic Italian Glass and Chrome Candleholder
Located in Chicago, IL
Fontana Arte designed by Pietro Chiesa iconic green glass Italian 5 part glass candleholder with chrome candleholders and chrome details on sides. Composed of chrome rods keeping the...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Glass

Gunnar Ander, Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. Stamped. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynel...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Modular Candle Holders in Brass, Margareta Slingam, Sweden 1960s
Located in London, GB
Decorate your Christmas table with this pair of flexible candelabras, each for 9 candles ( 10 mm diameter), by Margareta Slingam for Ljusstake, Sweden 1960's. They are playful and ma...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Iron Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iron Floor Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia. 9 iron candlesticks tapering down in size. Great Look and Style!.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Iron

Vintage French Candelabra, Signed, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage French three-armed candelabra, 1950s. Signed on the base. In good condition with some age appropriate wear. Made of wood and plaster with an iron chain.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Iron

Large Tommi Parzinger Candelabra for Dorlyn 1950s
Located in Round Rock, TX
Gorgeous solid brass candelabra designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths, circa 1950s. One of the larger candelabras for Dorlyn, this example speaks for itself. We have de...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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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 Candelabras

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Brass

Large Vintage Bird Free Standing Holds 10 Candles Candelabra Wall Candleholder
Located in Germantown, MD
Large Vintage bird candelabra ornate wall candleholder or free standing holds 10 candles wedding home decor wall sconces. Comes with 10 new candles. Vintage ornate candleholder feat...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Pair Van Keppel Green VKG Iron Candelabras Candleholders with Varying Heights
Located in Chicago, IL
This pair of iron candelabras or candleholders by Van Keppel Green (VKG) are two different variations from the same line of decorative accessories designed by Hendrick Van Keppel and...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Midcentury Trojan Horse Brass Candleholder
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful brass candleholder. Incredible piece that will certainly add that midcentury code to your decor. This piece has graphic presence and its solidity in brass, grounds with sty...
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1960s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Gold & Lucite Twisted Pretzel Candlestick Holder / Candelabra by Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
A Lucite and gold-plated brass double candlestick holder/candelabra by American designer Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1970s. Made from a single piece of bent and twisted acrylic to form the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Gold, Brass

Carved Wood Peace Dove Splayed 5 Arm Candle Holder Don Shoemaker Mexico 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Modern peace dove splayed 5 arm candle holder in carved cocobolo hard wood attributed to Don Shoemaker Mexico 1970s Unmarked. No signature. Measures: 6.5tall x 10.5w x 1.5d inches ...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Wood, Cocobolo

Swedish Designer, Candelabrum, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, Sweden, 1940s. In brass and painted metal. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, and Jean Royère.   
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Flair Candelabra and Serving Trays Set of Six Mid-Century Modern by 1847 Rogers
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous set of six pieces of silver-plate by 1847 Rogers Bros. IS from their Flair line. The set includes one large serving tray, a pair of smaller serving trays, a bon bon dish, an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Silver Plate

20th Century Swedish Wrought Iron Hanging, Ceiling Candelabra by Erik Hoeglund
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish hanging candelabra made of a hand crafted, painted wrought iron frame. Featuring fourteen Orrefors glass elements in gold and clear glass and six...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Metal, Wrought Iron

Swedish, Organic Candelabra, Lacquered Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candlelabra. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Metal

Gunnar Ander, Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Steel

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 Candelabras

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Brass

Scandinavian Silverplated String Candleholders, Carl Christiansen, Denmark 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A set of two silver plated candleholders / candelabras for 3 regular candles lights. Designed and manufactured by Carl F. Christiansen in Denmark during the 1960s in a style reminisc...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Metal, Silver Plate

Gunnar Ander, Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Black Paint, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. Stamped. For small candles. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynell, Josef ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

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 Candelabras

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Brass

Set of Four MCM Chrome Candlesticks
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of four MCM chrome candlesticks that can be positioned in a number of configurations to make some very cool candleabras. Beautiful arched design on these solid polished chrome-pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Steel, Chrome

Modernist Blackened Brass Candleholder
Located in Garnerville, NY
Wonderful modernist solid blackened brass three light candleholder. Circa 1960. Possibly Austrian in origin. Good overall condition with some light tarnish to the un-blackened portio...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Bronze

Fratelli Mannelli Midcentury White Travertine Marble Italian Candleholder, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Elegant midcentury white travertine marble candleholder. This fantastic piece was designed in Italy during the 1970s by Fratelli Mannelli. This item is perfect as the purity and t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Travertine, Marble

Pair of Midcentury Modern Bronze and Black Cast Iron Candlesticks, 1960s, France
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Pair of beautiful Mid-Century Modern candlesticks made of massive bronze and heavy cast iron from 1960s, France. Will perfectly fit to rustical furniture by designers like Charlotte ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Bronze, Iron

Swedish Designer, Small Organic Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small organic candelabra, Sweden, 1950s. In brass Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, and Jean Royere.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Gunnar Ander, Small Organic Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small organic candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. Stamped. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Brutalist Menorah Jewish Judaica Candelabra
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
A seven-branch menorah Brutalist style menorah made of brass.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Candelabra
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic candelabra in a speckled, neutral glaze. Holds 3 standard size size candles.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Ceramic

1930's Designed Josef Frank ''Friendshipknot'' Brass Candleholder
Located in Madrid, ES
Candleholder in brass ''Friendshipknot'' designed by Josef frank for Svennsk Tenn in the 1930s. Sweden, 1960s. Excellent condition with beautiful Patina.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Jens Quistgaard, Candelabra, Cast Iron, Brass, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sculptural candelabra designed and produced by Danish sculptor Jens Quistgaard. For small candles.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Iron

Erik Hoglund Hanging Candelabrum / Candelabra / Chandelier. Blown Glass, Iron
Located in Kansas City, MO
Erik / Eric Hoglund hanging candelabra / candelabrum / pendent / chandelier. Blown glass and wrought iron. Includes four original drop down extensions. This is an excellent example o...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Lars Holmström, Organic Candelabra, Brass, for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of organic candelabra, designed by Lars Holmström for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. For small candles. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynel...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Longchamp France Elegant Green Candle Holder 1950s
Located in Tilburg, NL
Elegant Green French Candle Holder, Longchamp, 1950s, France. This green candle holder - or lamp base - by Longchamp France is a very stylish and decorative piece. Rich in style and...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Midcentury Teak and String Brass Candleholder, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Sleek Scandinavian String candelabra made from teak and brass. Its shape mimics a sputnik/satellite. It was made in Denmark during the 1950s or early 60s in a style reminiscent of Ha...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Small Candleholder with Crystal Decoration, Mid-20th Century, European
Located in London, GB
A small candleholder with crystal decoration, mid-20th century European - very much in the style of Palwa, who often used a gilt finish and crystal decoration, however there is no ma...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Swedish, Organic Candelabra, Lacquered Metal, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candlelabra. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Metal

Gusums Bruk, Wall Mounted Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall mounted candelabra. Design and production by Metallslöjden Gusums Bruk, Sweden. In heavy alloy brass.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Design by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Pair of Teardrop Candleholders
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of Dansk tilting silver-plated teardrop candleholders in great vintage condition. This piece was designed by Jens Quistgaard and is true to the Mid-Century Modern aest...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Metal, Silver Plate

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Chandelier Erik Hoglund Attributed
Located in Weesp, NL
Erik Hoglund Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian chandelier Chandelier holds eight glass candleholders. Measurements : D.60 x H.133 adjustable. Height without the chain 34cm. Erik Hög...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Iron

Five Arm Bronze Adjustable Candelabra Chandelier by Harjes
Located in London, GB
Bronze cast candelabra composed of five radiating cast-bronze arms with saucer shaped candle holders. It is designed by Michael Harjes (1926-2006) and produced by Harjes Metalkunst (...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Bronze

Brass Candelabra for Four Candles
Located in London, GB
Danish candelabra for four candles on alternating heights is created in zigzag stationary positions, made in brass in the 1970s.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass

Pair of French Midcentury Crystal Candleholders by Schneider
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of midcentury sculptural four arm crystal candleholders by Schneider, France. These modern candleholders are absolutely beautiful and in very good condition. Unique and interes...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Crystal

Danish Stylish Mid-Century Five Sconce Metal Wood Candlestick
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A simple but stunning Danish mid-century metal and wood five sconce candle stick dating from around 1960. The candlestick stands mounted on a carved raised oval shaped base with thre...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Metal

Wrought Iron Modernist Candleholder by Gregory Litsios
By Gregory Litsios
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare wrought iron modernist triple candleholder by Gregory Litsios, circa 1970s. The piece is in very good vintage condition and measures 9.5"W x 9.5"D x 23"H. Litsios was mentored a...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Candelabra in Metal and Brass by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metal
Located in Karlstad, SE
A black lacquered candelabra with candleholders of brass, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metal (Sweden.) This design is playful and elegant at the same time in a mix of Swedish g...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Metal

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