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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 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
Silver Plate Candlestick Candleholder, a pair by Donna Detmer, 1960s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Very elegant 1960s modernist silver plate candlesticks or candleholders by Donna H. Detmer. Streamline and neat geometric shape with four silver plate insert holders in each candlest...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Dino Martens Murano Red White Ribbons Gold Leaf Italian Art Glass Candle Holders
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white and red-orange Filigrana ribbons, gold flecks, Italian art glass footed candlesticks. Attributed to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

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Gold Leaf

Barbini Murano Signature Aqua Red Italian Art Glass Hourglass Candle Holders
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown aqua green and ruby red Italian art glass hourglass shaped candlesticks. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. Each piece has a "Barbini Murano"...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

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

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

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Brass

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

Materials

Brass

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

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

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

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

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

Materials

Art Glass

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

Materials

Brass, Iron

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

Materials

Nickel

Vintage Set of 2 Glass Candlesticks Design by Staffan Gellerstedt, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage set of 2 glass candlesticks Design by Staffan Gellerstedt 1960s A beautiful set of 2 glass candlesticks from Scandinavia: candlestick/candle holder with multiple rings d...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

Brass, Iron

Huge Green Vintage Venetian Murano Glass Candlestick Holder by Cenedese
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Monumental, tall and huge green colored (coloured) vintage Italian Murano glass candlestick holder by Cenedese. Beautiful craftsmanship and stunning bright green color with a clear g...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Murano Glass

‘Stellaria’ Candle Tealight Holder by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, 1970s
Located in London, GB
Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, c. 1970 ‘Stellaria’ candle tealight holder Clear textured glass Excellent condition Dimensions, approx..: Diameter 10.5cm, height 6.5cm, weight 2...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Blown Glass

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

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

Brass, Steel

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

Materials

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

Materials

Brass

Swedish, Small Candlesticks / Candleholders, Glazed Ceramic, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of 2 candlesticks designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. In glazed ceramic, likely earthenware. Other designers of the period include Jens Quistgaard, Carl Auböck, Finn Juh...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Iron

Danish Modern Brass Candlesticks 'Hi-Fi' by Max Brüel for Torben Orskov, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of solid brass candlesticks designed by Architect Max Bruel. The model is called Hi-Fi and was manufactured by Torben Orskov in Denmark during the 1960s. They are imprinted fr...
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1960s Danish 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

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

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

Materials

Metal, Steel

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

1970s Swedish Pukeberg Glass Candle Holder or Candelabra by Uno Westerberg
Located in London, GB
An unusual, interesting and functional circular hand blown art glass candle holder manufactured by Pukeberg Sweden during the 1970s. The candle holder is smooth to the touch on the t...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Pewter Midcentury Danish Modern Mastad Norway Candleholder
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Midcentury handcrafted pair of Pewter candle holders by Mastad Norway Model 101, Midcentury 1950s candlesticks are unique and are in excellent vintage condition. Pewter Candle hol...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Pewter

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

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

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

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 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

Materials

Brass

Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Seashell Candlesticks and Bowl Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous set of vintage Murano hand blown white and gold flecks Italian art glass conch shell centerpiece bowl and matching seashell candlesticks. All three pieces are profusely cove...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Gold Leaf

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

Materials

Steel, Brass, Enamel

Pair of French Midcentury Ceramic Candleholders, Green
Located in Miami, FL
Very decorative pair of French midcentury ceramic candleholders. The stunning green and accentuating colors are very pleasing to the eye. Good vintage quality and in perfect co...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Ceramic

20th Century Ceramic White and Green Candlesticks, France, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Midcentury French modern candlesticks, circa 1960. Made from wood. Very good condition. No damages. Made of ceramic. Beautiful decoration and good gift. Only one unique piece.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Ceramic, Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Handblown Banded Candlesticks by Val St. Lambert
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of candlesticks were realized by the esteemed maker Val St. Lambert, in Belgium, circa 1960. They feature gently domed bases and tops, and banded detailing in hand ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Blown Glass

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

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

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

Materials

Porcelain

Set Littala Festivo Candlesticks Design by Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Set Littala Festivo candlesticks design by Timo Sarpaneva A beautiful glass object from Scandinavia: signed Iittala festivo candlestick/candle holder with 1 ring design by Timo ...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Sterling Silver

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

Materials

Iron, Copper

Seguso Vetri d'Arte 'Attr.' Murano Sommerso Glass Candle Sticks, 1960s
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A pair of heavy Murano sommerso glass candle sticks most probably manufactured by Seguso Vetri d'Arte and designed by Flavoi Poli circa 1960s. Manufactured in blue glass with a thick...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

20th Century Swedish Ystad-Metall Candlestick - Golden Holder by Gunnar Ander
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A round, vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish Ljusstake, candlestick made of hand crafted white-metal, designed by Gunnar Ander and produced by Ystad-Metall in good condition. The gold...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Metal

Rare Pair of Karl Springer Vintage Travertine & Rattan Candle Holder's
Located in Bellport, NY
Rare pair of candle holders in tessellated stalactite travertine, pencil reed rattan, and brass. This set is meticulously made in beautiful materials for Karl Springer circa 1980's.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Travertine, 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

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

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

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

Materials

Marble, Iron

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

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

Materials

Sterling Silver

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

Materials

Glass

Erik Hoglund Set of Four Candle Holders, Mid-Century Sweden
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern, Swedish, set of four candle holders, black painted metal and amber art glass, designed by Erik Hoglund for Boda, Sweden. Base and top made of black painted metal....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Iron

Set of Two Tear Drop Candleholders in Box by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of four tear drop candleholders by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1990s. They are made of silver plate over metal and support a .25" tapered candle. The base of the holder has ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

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