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Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Candleholder by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Bochum, NRW
Brass and blackened metal candelabra for thin candles. Designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall Sweden. Stamped “Ystad Metall Made In Sweden”. Very good used condition, normal wear....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Metal, Brass

Just Andersen Candelabra, Pewter, Denmark, 1933-1935
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Just Andersen - Scandinavian Modern A sculptural Just Andersen candelabra model 1453, two-armed, rectangular footed, in matte pewter. Manufactured in Denmark 1933-35, stamped J...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Pewter

Brutalist 12-Arm Candalabre by Erik Hogland for Boda, Sweden
Located in Antwerp, BE
Wrought iron and clear glass 12-arm chandelier by Erik Hoglund, Boda. Cast iron, mouth-blown and pressed amber and clear glass 12-arm chandelier for 12 candles by Swedish designer Er...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Danish Modern Jensen-Style Sterling Silver 3-Light Candelabra
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern sterling silver 3-light candelabra. Each: Scroll encircled with fruiting grapevine mounted to tapering shaft with lobed knop at base mounted to rais...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Sterling Silver

Set of 4 Modernist Teak and Brass Candleholder Elements, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Sculptural candleholder, set of 4 Origin: Denmark Material: brass and teak Decade: 1960s This original vintage candleholder, was produced...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Erik Höglund, Candelabra, Four-Armed, Kosta Boda, 1960s-1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A four-armed floor candelabra, designed by Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda. Made in iron, blue glass and glass with motifs. 1960s-1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Iron

Art Deco Pair of Signed Swedish Modern Candelabras by Nils Fougstedt in Bronze
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare Art Deco pair of Swedish modern candelabras signed by Nils Fougstedt in Bronze. Probably made between 1920-1935. Nils Fougsted had several assignments for Firma Svenskt Ten...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Bronze

Swedish, Candelabra, Painted Wrought Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A four-armed candelabra. Made in Sweden, c. 1940s-1950s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Candelabrum by Erik Hoglund for Boda Glasbruk
Located in Dronten, NL
Wrought iron, clear and amber glass six-arm chandelier by Erik Hoglund for Boda.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Modernist Sculptural Brutalist Tripod Brass Candleholder, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Sculptural candleholder Origin: Germany Material: Solid brass Decade: 1970s This original vintage candleholder, was produced in the 1970s...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Swedish, Candelabra, Painted Wrought Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A four-armed candelabra. Made in Sweden, 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Brass Candelabra by Kee Mora, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Solid polished brass candelabra. Manufactured by Kee Mora in Sweden during the 1950s. Suitable for large candles (2cm diameter).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Early Candelabras by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pair of early and rare candelabras designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Hand made in his first workshop in Åhus, Sweden during the early 1950s. Made from black lacquered metal and brass ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Metal, Brass

Danish Midcentury Modern Sterling Silver Plate Candelabras, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of Danish Midcentury Modern sterling silver plate candlestick holders/candelabras by designer Carl Frederik Christiansen, circa mid-20th century, Denmark. Both are m...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Candelabras in Brass Ystad Metall Sweden Gunnar Ander, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
These brass candelabra was made in 1960s at Ystad Metall in Sweden. Designed by Gunnar Ander. Nice, lined brass with holders for small candlesticks. Good condition with wear of ag...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Swedish, Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Copper

Swedish, Adjustable Candelabra, Solid Oak, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s-1960s. In solid oak.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Oak

Candleholder by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Bochum, NRW
Brass and blackened metal candelabra for thin candles. Designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall Sweden. Stamped “Ystad Metall Made In Sweden”. Very good used condition, normal wear....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Gunnar Ander Candelabras for Ystad Metall, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of Gunnar Ander seven-armed candelabras in metal with bronze tops. Manufactured by Ystad Metall in the 1970s.     
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Swedish, Organic Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s-1950s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Copper

Rare Pair of Just Andersen Three Armed Candelabras, Pewter, Denmark 1930s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Just Andersen - Scandinavian Modern A pair of pewter candelabras with three arms, Dessin 1169, manufactured in Denmark 1930s. A matchinf pair is very rare. Each candelabra stam...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Pewter

Handwrought Iron Candlestick by Bertil Vallien
Located in Providence, RI
Bertil Vallien handwrought iron candlestick, circa 1960s, for Boda Smide Sweden. Stands 28 3/4" tall, and is 9" wide. Can be placed on the floor, a cabinet or table. Fully signed. Wo...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Gunnar Ander Candelabras for Ystad Metall, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of Gunnar Ander candelabras in metal with bronze tops. Manufactured by Ystad Metall. 1970s.     
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Piet Hein "Ursa Major" Seven Arm Candelabrum in Solid Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PIET HEIN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN An exceptionally beautiful candelabrum by the Danish modernist and designer, poet, mathematician and architect Piet Hein. The candelabrum has seven...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Swedish Vintage Wooden Three Arm Candelabra by Stig Johnsson, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Large Swedish midcentury modern solid pine wood candelabra. Designed by Stig Johnsson and manufactured in the 1960s by Smålandsslöjd in the small Swedish town of Värnamo. Handmade wi...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Collection of Candle Holders Brass Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
This collection brass candle holders was made in 1960s at Ystad Metall in Sweden. Designed by Gunnar Ander. They are carefully designed with nice lines giving the brass and glass a b...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Lundtofte Rosewood and Stainless Steel Candle Holder
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern candle holder manufactured by DFK Lundtofte, Denmark, c. 1960's. Features a solid rosewood pedestal base and a polished stainless steel stem that fits two taper ca...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Stainless Steel

Swedish, Large Antique Organic Candelabra, Painted Wood, Sweden, c. 1900
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large candelabra. In painted wood. Underside with a scribbled note of the candelabra passing through inheritance in 1946.
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wood

Sculptural Pair of Candelabras in Brass Ystad Metall Sweden Gunnar Ander, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
These two sculptural brass candelabras were made in 1960s at Ystad Metall in Sweden. Designed by Gunnar Ander. Nice, lined brass with holders for small candlesticks. Good conditio...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Pair of Candalabras JL Hultman for Svenskt Tenn, Pewter, Sweden 1930s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
JL Hultman & Svenskt Tenn - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful pair of pewter candelabras with four candle arms each, designed by JL Hultman for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden 1930s. Stamp...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Pewter

Sculptural Silver Plated Coiled Candleholder by Bertil Vallien for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice sculptural silver plated coiled candleholder by Bertil Vallien for Dansk, circa 1970s. The piece has a capacity for 12 long taper candles with a diameter of 1/4". The candlehold...
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20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Silver Plate

Pair of Pewter Candelabras by J.L Hultmann Svenskt Tenn NB, 1930s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
J.L. Hultman & Svenskt Tenn NB. Scandinavian Modern A pair of candelbras, both with two arms, designed by J.L. Hultman, Swedish silversmith and designer, for Svenskt Tenn NB, ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Pewter

Sculptural Silver Plated Coiled Candle Holder by Bertil Vallien for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice sculptural silver plated coiled candleholder by Bertil Vallien for Dansk, circa 1970s. The piece has a capacity for 12 long taper candles with a diameter of 1/4". Good vintage c...
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20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Silver Plate

Model 341 Candelabrum by Erik Hoglund
Located in Dronten, NL
A vintage twelve-arm chandelier designed by Erik Hoglund, Model 341. Glass pendants made by Boda Nova Glassworks; wrought iron frame made by Axel Stromberg Ironworks, Sweden, circa ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Piet Hein "Ursa Major" Seven Arm Candelabrum in Solid Brass, Denmark 1953
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PIET HEIN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN First edition of the beautiful candelabrum by the Danish modernist and designer, poet, mathematician and architect Piet Hein. The candelabrum h...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Brass

1960's Danish Modern Solid Brass Candelabra by Dantorp
Located in New York, NY
Danish modern heavy brass candelabra with three candle holders crafted by Dantorp, Denmark, c. 1960's.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Original "Ursa Major" Candelabrum by Piet Hein
Located in Hudson, NY
Solid brass candelabrum, created by Hein while living in Argentina. He designed this to remind him of his home in Denmark, since the star constellation is not visible in the southern...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Sculptural Silver Plated Candle Holder by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice sculptural silver-plated round candleholder by Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1970s. The piece has a capacity for 6 long taper candles with a diameter of 1/4". Good vintage conditi...
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20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Silver Plate

Scandinavian Modern Set of 3 Brass Table Candelabras Gusum Sweden, 1970s
Located in Langserud, SE
Set of 3 large and heavy Gusum brass table chandelier for seven candles. Wonderful in solid brass is this Candelabra made in Sweden in the 1970s. Good patinated vintage condition ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Pr Danish Mid Century Modern Candlesticks att. to Carl Christiansen
Located in New York, NY
Architectural modernist pair of silver-plate three light candlesticks, attributed to Carl Christiansen, unsigned. Dramatic V shaped legs support cone shaped candle cups. Both show so...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Silver Plate

Sculptural Silver Plated Coiled Candleholders by Bertil Vallien for Dansk, Pair
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of sculptural silver plated coiled candleholders by Bertil Vallien for Dansk, circa 1970s. Each candleholder has a capacity for 12 long taper candles with a diameter of 1/4...
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20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Silver Plate

Pair of Just Andersen Pewter Candlesticks
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of pewter candlesticks, circa 1955, by Danish Metal-smith Just Andersen. Candlesticks stand 6 1/2" tall x 14 1/4" wide x 3" deep. Fully signed. * Free shipping at full price only.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Pewter

Sculptural Solid Brass Candleholder by Harald Buchrucker Bauhaus, Germany, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Sculptural candleholder Origin: Germany Producer: Harald Buchrucker Material: Solid brass Decade: 1950s This original vintage can...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Swedish, Seven-Armed Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Copper

Georg Jensen Candelabra for Four Candles, Denmark
Located in Maastricht, NL
An oval, stainless steel Scandinavian Modern candelabra for four candles designed by Maria Berntsen for Georg Jensen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Stainless Steel

Gusum Metal, Large Five-Armed Candlestick in Brass, Swedish Design, 1980s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gusum metal. large five-armed candlestick in brass. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 32 x 32 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Swedish Rustic Bronze Candleholder Pair by Sune Bäckström 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rustic set of two bronze candle holders with great patina by Sune Bäckström, Malmö -Sweden 1930s. Nicely sculpted body and a decorative plate. The candle holders are nice both with a...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Bronze

Swedish Rustic Pair of Bronze Candelabras by Sune Bäckström, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely and rustic set of two bronze candelabras with great patina by Sune Bäckström, Malmö -Sweden 1930s. Arms for two candles balancing on a center bronze ball. The candelabras are ...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Bronze

Large Seven-Arm Candleholder by Erik Hoglund, Sweden
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Large candleholder by Erik Hoglund, Sweden. Wrought iron and glass. Clear and amber mouth blown glass by Boda Nova Glassworks and the iron work was done at Axel Stromberg Ironworks.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Nanna Ditzel for Brdr. Krüger, Six-Armed Candlestick in Light Birch
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) for Brdr. Krüger. Six-armed candlestick in light birch. Danish design, 1960s / 70s. Measures: 34.5 x 33.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Birch

Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Three-Armed Candelabra, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
A rare three-armed candelabra designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Markaryd Sweden, 1950s. Polished brass and hand blown clear glass shades, model 'L 67'.  
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Brass

Unique Erik Hoglund Chandelier Electrified Amber Clear Glass Iron Boda Nova 1960
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Beautiful and rare Scandinavian Modern electrified six-arm black wrought iron chandelier designed by the famous artist Erik Höglund and executed by Boda Nova Glassworks / Axel Stromb...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Carrara Home Design Candle Holder in Portoro Marble
Located in Carrara, MS
Organic and elegant shapes for this candle holder with sinuous lines. "Candle Holder by CARRARA_HOME_DESIGN® can accommodate different formats of candles, to create relaxing moments...
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2010s Italian Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Marble

Candelabras in Forged Iron and Glass by Erik Höglund for Boda, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Candelabra designed by Erik Höglund. Made by hand in iron at Boda smide and clear glass prisms from Boda glass. Three arms and four glass shards. Very good vintage condition with lig...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda, Candlestick in Cast Iron with Glass Hangers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda. Candlestick in cast iron with mouth-blown glass hangers. Swedish design, mid 20th century. Measures: 44 x 21 x 10.5 cm. In excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Candelabras in Pewter and Brass by C.G. Hallberg, Sweden, 1933
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pair of candelabras by C.G. Hallberg. Produced in Stockholm, Sweden 1933. Made from pewter and brass. Good vintage condition with age related signs of wear and patina. Signed with ha...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

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Brass, Pewter

Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda, Large Candle Holder in Cast Iron with Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda, large candle holder in cast iron with mouth blown glass. Mid 20th century. In excellent condition. Measures 44 x 42.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Wrought Iron

Swedish, Candelabra, Copper, Stained Wood, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s-1950s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candelabras

Materials

Copper

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