1 of 10 images

Pair of Pretzel Candlesticks in Lucite and Nickelled by Dorothy Thorpe


This iconic and graphic pair of candlesticks were realized by the celebrated Mid Century American designer Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1950. Often imitated, but never replicated, Thorpe created some of the Mid Century's most cherished designs for household items. These candleholders with their twisting sinuous forms created in translucent Lucite with a cylindrical nickelled mouth and bobeches represent one of her most celebrated and instantly recognizable designs. They read as both very much of the period and timeless, making them a perfect addition to any style of decor. Excellent vintage condition. American, circa 1950 Measures: 8" W X 7.5" H X 5.5" D.


  • Condition
  • Dimensions

    H 7.5 in. x W 8 in. x D 5.5 in.

    H 19.05 cm x W 20.32 cm x D 13.97 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Dorothy Thorpe (Designer)

Dorothy Thorpe glassware was a chic staple of every mid-century modern wet bar, paricularly her festive Roly Poly silver-banded tumblers. Although not as widely known as such contemporaries as Eva Zeisel and Edith Heath, Thorpe was one of a group of creative and entrepreneurial women whose designs captured the imagination of the postwar homeowner with her modern and festive designs.

Thorpe was born in Salt Lake City in 1901 and settled in Los Angeles as a young woman. She began creating her signature glassware using the trade name Dorothy Thorpe Originals in the 1930s. Thorpe was a designer, not a glassblower. To create her shimmering wares, she purchased glass blanks from a variety of manufacturers and subjected them to various techniques, including sandblasting, etching and silver overlay. Initially Art Deco in style, the pieces were signed with a large T and smaller D. Thorpe also worked in ceramics and, in the 1940s, with Lucite, producing a line of household items, such as magazine racks, sculptural lamps, candlesticks and umbrella stands.

After World War II, Thorpe was inspired by the new interest in the flowers and animals of the South Pacific to begin incorporating tropical floral motifs into her work. She traveled to Hawaii and studied local irises, roses, azaleas, narcissus and eucalyptus. The decorative patterns based on these studies were created primarily by sandblasting, which makes a glass surface appear frosted. From the 1930s through the ’50s, Thorpe’s designs won her many fans among the members of café society, including Princess Grace of Monaco and the Shah of Iran. They were also widely imitated. Vintage tumblers that bear a silver stripe around the rim but lack the “DT” signature on the bottom are not Thorpe originals.

In the 1950s, Thorpe created the glassware line Atomic Splash, which featured the energetic geometric patterns that were so popular at the time. Atomic Splash patterned drinking glasses and serving dishes bore a silver overlay that evoked an explosion. She also designed a line of ceramic tableware decorated with a wreath of spring flowers in collaboration with Crown Lynn Pottery, in New Zealand, and, in the mid-’60s, created coffee sets for the Santa Barbara and Monterey companies. Among her own ceramics products were lines glazed iin the eye-catching shades Orange Persimmon and Blue Periwinkle.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2004
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
Pair of Modernist Terracotta "Bone" Candlestick...
Elsa Peretti, Tiffany & Co.
Italian Candlesticks
These sophisticated and rare "Bone" candlesticks were realized by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., circa 1980. This pair is particularly sought after as Tiffany no longer produces the...
Pair of Double Branch 24-Karat Gold-Plated Bron...
Claude Victor Boeltz
French Candlesticks
Gold, Bronze, Quartz
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern candlesticks were realized in France, circa 1970 by the esteemed artisan Claude Victor Boeltz. They offer an exploded form sculpted, by hand,...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Trumpet Form Smoked ...
Italian Candlesticks
Murano Glass
This elegant pair of candlesticks were handblown in Murano, Italy- the islands off the coast of Venice, renowned for centuries for their superlative artisanal glass production- circa...
Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Polished Brass Ca...
American Candlesticks
This chic and sophisticated pair of Mid-Century Modernist polished brass candlesticks offer rectangular sides that open outwards as they approach their apex. Each stick can support a...
You May Also Like
$1,800 Sale Price / set
25% Off
Pair of Dorothy Thorpe Pretzel Candlesticks in ...
Dorothy Thorpe
A pair of candlesticks by Dorothy Thorpe in clear Lucite. Each has three candleholder units. Some minor cracking to the bottom of the Lucite. Height listed is to the top of the talle...
Pair of "Pretzel" Candlesticks by Dorothy Thorp...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candlesticks
Chrome, Acrylic, Lucite
Pair of rare Dorothy Thorpe black Lucite "pretzel" candlesticks with chrome candleholders, circa 1960s.
Lucite "Pretzel" Candlestick Holder by Dorothy ...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candle Holders
Silver, Lucite
Molded Lucite Candlestick holder w. Three Silver caps by Dorothy Draper.
Gold and Lucite Twisted Pretzel Candlestick Hol...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candelabras
Gold, Brass, Acrylic, Lucite
A Lucite and gold-plated brass double candlestick holder/candelabra by American designer Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1940s. With it's use of a single piece bent and twisted acrylic to form...
Pair of Twisted Dorothy Thorpe Lucite & Chrome ...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candlesticks
Chrome, Lucite
These vintage lucite candlesticks of Dorothy Thorpe can be intertwined for a sculptural look. They are lucite body with chrome tops. They are twisted and in pretzel like shape.
Dorothy Thorpe Pretzel Lucite and Chrome Candle...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candlesticks
Chrome, Lucite
Classic Lucite pretzel three-light candlestick designed by Dorothy Thorpe. Very good original condition, chic and stylish.
$1,400 Sale Price
20% Off
Lucite Pretzel Candelabra by Dorothy Thorpe
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candelabras
Nickel, Lucite
The most elegant candelabra by Dorothy Thorpe. Features interlocking elements of Lucite and nickel. We have an unbelievable selection of vintage Lucite. If you are looking for a spe...
Dorothy Thorpe "Pretzel" Candlesticks in Lucite...
Dorothy Thorpe
American Candlesticks
Gold Plate, Acrylic
Iconic pair of knotted acrylic and gold plate candleholders by Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1950s.