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Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using 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 influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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
A Pair of Vintage Brass Candle Holder Wall Sconces
Located in Bishop's Stortford, GB
A Pair of Vintage Brass Candle Holder Wall Sconces. Enhance the ambiance of your living space with these elegant brass candlestick...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Vintage Wrought Iron Wall Sconces Attributed to Van Keppel-Green, A Pair, 1960s
Located in Long Island City, NY
Vintage Wrought Iron Candelabra Wall Sconces by Van Keppel-Green, A Pair, Circa 1960s. Brutalist in design, these wall sconces are formed from square-cut rods of wrought iron. Each p...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Brass Candle Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of brass and black metal candle sconces by Tony Paul. Circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Tommi Parzinger, Mid-Century Modern, Candleholder Sconces, Brass, USA c. 1955
Located in Stamford, CT
Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths, Mid-Century Modern, Candleholder Sconces, Brass, USA c. 1955 Pair of candleholder sconces designed by Tommi Parzinger and produced by Dorlyn...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Mid Century Iron Candelabra, 1960s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Iron

Stoneware wall sconces by Margareta Hennix for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Forserum, SE
A pair of stoneware wall sconces designed by the Swedish ceramic artist Margareta Hennix for the Gustavsberg porcelain factory. These sconces boast a minimalistic design and provide ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Stoneware

Tommi Parzinger Candle Stick Holder with Original Hurricane Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Tommi Parzinger Candle Stick Holder with Original Hurricane Glass These were handcrafted brass pieces by Dorlyn for Parzinger. The long brass bar looks to be slightly eschew to the...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Awesome Pair of Brass Wall Candle Holder, 1950s Austria
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome Pair of Brass Wall Candle Holder, 1950s Austria
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Copper

Large Liljan Candlestick Holders by Ivar Åhlenius Björk, Sweden Circa 1960
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare Large Liljian Candlestick Holders by Ivar Åhlenius Björk, Sweden Circa 1960 made by Ystad Metal in Sweden. slightly patinated. Dimensions: 4.75”H x 8.5”W Base width: 3.15”
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Large Brass Candle Sconce, in the manner of Tommi Parzinger, Hollywood Regency
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large beautiful and decorative wall candle holder / sconce, for six candles. In brass, in the manner of german/american designer Tommi Parzinger (1903-1981). Hollywood regency, 1960/...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Vintage Michael Harjes Brutalist Bronze Candle Sconces, Germany, 1960s
Located in PRESTON, AU
Brutalist bronze sconces by Michael Harjes. The handmade sculptural sconces have a beautiful textural surface. Large in size the wall lights hold three candles each with a decorative...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Bronze

Sculptural Iron and blue glass candle sconce for Dantoft, Denmark 1960's/1970's
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This iron and glass candle candle sconce was made by Dantoft Kunstartikler (art pieces) in Denmark. A stunning piece of wall art of Danish design. It is made out of lacquered wrought...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Iron

Modern Brass Colseth sconces round bold shape mid century Norway
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Pair of modern stylish sconces for transitional interiors. Round 10 inch circular back plate with bold candle holder. Statement piece. . Depth 4.5 inches
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Arrow Wall Sconce
Located in London, England
Height: 53cm Depth: 10cm Width: 24cm Date: 1960s. Materials: Brass, Metal. Description: Arrow wall sconces are stylish and versatile lighting fix...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass, Chrome

Set of 5 Erik Hoglund styled Glass Face Masks Wall Sconces Multicolor Midcentury
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
A special set of five candle sconces in vibrant colored glass.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Glass

1950s Swedish Brass Wall Candle Holders by Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, No 71
Located in London, GB
A beautiful, unique and decorative 1950s Swedish wall-mounted brass candle holders designed by Pierre Forsell and manufactured by Skultuna. Pendal No 71. Signed with an impressed man...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Pilarch Beige Cubist Early-20th-Century Avant-garde Style Tea Light Holder
Located in London, GB
The Pilarch tea light holder by Kwaku Boateng also Riich Boateng. Its sculptured form embodies the chiselling and hammering of stone sculpture, noticeable by the emerging pillar from...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Concrete

Huge Hand Forged 'Hammered' Metal Artist Wall Candle Holder, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Huge hand forged (hammered) metal artist wall candle holder. A unique piece, a masterpiece. Massive, wonderfully shaped and a real eye-catcher.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Copper

Vintage Italian Gilt Tole Grapeleaf Wall Sconces / Candelabrum
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian triple candle candelabrum/wall sconce in gilt tole with grape-leaf and grape motif (ca. 1970, Italy). Natural patina present with spots of gilt and paint loss, as shown. Rem...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

J. Anthony Redmile Pair of Rare Ostrich Egg Wall Sconces 1970s 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare and exceptional sconces in silver with ostrich eggs, amethysts, and animal horns by J. Anthony Redmile, England 1970's (signed in metal "Redmile London"). These rare can...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Amethyst, Silver

Candle Sconce with Mirror and Mosaic 1950s
Located in Tilburg, NL
Candle sconce with mirror and mosaic 1950s. Wonderful and joyful candle sconce with oval shaped mirror and mosaic in cut glass. Made somewhere in the middle of the 20th century by...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Vintage Italian Gilt Tole Florentine Sconce / Candleholder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Single circa 1970s Italian gilt tole sconce / candleholder with grape and leaf motif. Holds two candles. Nice patina to the gilt and light wear consistent with age / use.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Pierre Forssell Pair of Vintage Scandinavian Brass Candlesticks Sweden
Located in Lège Cap Ferret, FR
Pierre Forssell (1925-2004) Pierre Forssell was an acclaimed industrial designer who designed cutlery and cookware, for among others Gense, before joining the distinguished brass foundry of Skultuna as creative director in the early 1950s. Forssell was commissioned to renew Skultuna’s product range and created several successful series of modernist interior decorating objects...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Pierre Forssell Pair of Scandinavian Brass Candlesticks Sweden
Located in Lège Cap Ferret, FR
Up for sale two lovely sconces from Skultuna, Sweden in brass. Designed by Pierre Forssell and manufactured in the 1990s. Very good condition. Delivered whit the original box.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Vintage Modernist Iron & Glass Candle Sconce from Danish Ferro Art, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hand-made Danish wall sculpture made by Danish design company Ferro Art in the 1970s. It is made from welded iron set in a graphic formation and highlighted by thick blue honey/amber...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Iron

Leaf Shaped Candle Sconce in Patinated Brass 1970s
Located in Tilburg, NL
Leaf Shaped candle sconce in Patinated Brass 1970s. Wonderful and elegant candle sconce in the shape of a leaf. Made in brass, this candle sconce makes sure the light is reflected...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Set of Vintage Italian Gilt Tole Grapeleaf Sconces / Candleholders
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of two circa 1970s Italian candleholders / scones in gilt tole with grapeleaf and grape motif: one larger than the other. The larger sconce holds three candles; the smaller, one ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Mid Century Modern Brass / Copper Star Sconces, Olympia, Hand Hammered
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Brass and Copper Star Sconces, Hand Hammered, Olympia English, 1960s A magnificent pair of hand hammered copper and steel Olympia wall sconces each having a starburst frame f...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Italian Midcentury Giltwood Candle Sconces with Carved Feathers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Italian giltwood candle sconces from the mid 20th century, with two arms, carved feathers and acanthus leaves. Created in Italy during the Mid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Giltwood

Pair of Los Castillo Brass and Copper Candle Sconces
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare pair of Los Castillo candle sconces in copper with swirling inlaid brass design, Taxco, Mexico. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass, Copper

Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths Four Arm Brass Wall Candelabrum
Located in Hanover, MA
Grand scale wall mounted candle sconce with four branches designed by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths. This uncommonly seen candela...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Large Vintage Black Acrylic and Teak Candle Scones
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique pair of black acrylic candle holders / wall scones with teak holders (ca. 1970s). Impressive size: H: 31" x L: 5.25" x D: 9.75" (including the back wall mounting brackets) an...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Acrylic, Teak

Curtis Jeré, Tree Sculpture Candleholder or Sconce Made of Brass and Steel
Located in St. Louis, MO
C. Jeré wall candleholder sconce sculpture in the form of a tree or sheaf of wheat, made of brass and steel. I have three of these, so you can use as a pair or singles. Two of the th...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Vintage Italian Gilt Tole Florentine Grapeleaf Candleabra
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of striking circa 1970s Italian candleholders in gilt tole with grapeleaf and grape motif. Each sconce holds two candles. Nice patina / age-appropriate wear to the gilt.   
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Metal

Midcentury Wrought Iron Wall Candleholder
Located in Vienna, AT
Wrought iron wall candleholder handmade in Styria Austria in the 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Wrought Iron

Two Mid-Century Modern Wall Candleholders by Konrad Galaaen, Norway 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Two midcentury wall candleholders in stoneware and steel designed by Konrad Galaaen for Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik, Norway 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Cut Steel

Pair of Brass Five Arm Hollywood Regency Wall Sconces by Tommi Parzinger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of mid century brass five arm wall sconces - The pair are non-electrical sconces that hold 5 candles each. Designed by Tommi Parzinger and signed by Dorlyn Silversmilths. Tommi Anton Parzinger (1903–1981) was a German furniture designer and painter. Born in Munich in 1903, he later moved to New York City in 1932, starting his first company in 1939. He had begun by designing for Manhattan style...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Tommi Parzinger Pair of Impressive 5 Arm Wall Sconces in Polished Brass, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of impressive 5 arm candelabra in polished brass by Tommi Parzinger for Dorlyn Silversmiths, American 1950's. These are just exquisite in person.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

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 Candle Sconces

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Wrought Iron

Ashtray Willy Ceysens for Aris, 1950s
By Aris
Located in Lasne, BE
Brutalist set composed of an ashtray, a paper press and a candleholder in cast aluminium.
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Aluminum

Austrian Candleholder from 1950s
Located in Vienna, Austria
This Austrian made candleholder from the 1950s was designed to be used outside. The handmade glass prevents the wind from blowing out the candle and at the same time displays a patte...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass, Copper

In the Style of Paul Evans Wall Torch
Located in Chicago, IL
Brutalist wall sculptural Torchere, can be wired for electric or used as candle torch. Cast aluminum with brass anodized prong light holder grooved and d...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Aluminum

Tommi Parzinger (1901 - 1981) Pair of Brass and Glass Candle Holders
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tommi Parzinger (1901 - 1981) Pair of Brass and Glass Candle holders. Parzinger's works were referred as "high-style modernism", which represented a "more idiosyncratic, rarefied m...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Sconces

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Brass

Mid-century Modern candle sconces for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Mid-Century Modern candle sconces for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage candle sconces created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, lighting, mirrors and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, brass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Mid-Century Modern candle sconces made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original candle sconces, popular names associated with this style include Tommi Parzinger, Pierre Forsell, Dorlyn Silversmiths, and Tony Paul. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for candle sconces differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $78 and tops out at $8,500 while the average work can sell for $895.

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