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Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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
Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 3 Candleholder, Model L-95, Markaryd, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
A nice set of 2 brass and colored purple & green glass candleholder by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1950s. Purple glass has chip to the rim, but not visible when stuck on the brass h...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Tapio Wirkkala, Set of Six Silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, set of six silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wir...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver

Pierre Forsel, Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell - Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's This adjustable candleholder is an exquisite example of the refined approach designed by Pierre For...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Josef Frank Candlestick Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick (the knot of friendship) in brass designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Trumpet Tall Candleholder Designed by Quistgaard for Dansk Aluminum and Walnut
Located in San Diego, CA
Great design on this tall trumpet shape polished aluminum with solid walnut decorative center, designed by Quistgaard for Dansk.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Aluminum

Gunnar Ander Early Candlestick Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and early candlestick designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Heavy candlestick in brass produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and heavy candlestick in brass produced in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Lars Holmström Candlestick Produced in His Own Workshop in Arvika, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare candlestick designed by Lars Holmström. Produced in his own workshop in Arvika, Sweden.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Nittsjö, Candle Stock, Red-Glazed Earthenware, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A red semi-glazed earthenware candle stick holder by Nittsjö, produced in Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Earthenware

Scandinavian Midcentury Brass Candleholders, Denmark 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two Scandinavian midcentury modern design brass candleholders, Denmark circa 1950s. Please note that the items are original of the period and this shows normal signs of age a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Brass Candleholder No. 69 by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna
Located in Stockholm, SE
This model no. 69 candleholder was designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna Sweden in the 1950s. It is made from solid brass.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Wall Candlestick Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall candlestick by unknown designer. Produced in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Swedish designer, small modernist candlesticks, brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of modernist candle sticks. In brass. Produced in Sweden, 1940s
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

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 Candlesticks

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Brass

Collect Candle Holder SC59 H18 by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Inspired by the striking simplicity of Doric columns found in Ancient Greece, this gleaming brushed brass candleholder is a sculptural addition to the home. It is the biggest of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of Two Danish Modern Green Vases / Candle Sticks by Lovemose, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Beautiful set of two Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware items to be used as candle holders or vases. Designed by Johannes Hansen for Løvemose Keramik and manufactured on the small D...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Set of Four Crystal Candlesticks by Goran Warff for Kosta Boda
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous set of four crystal candlesticks by Goran Warff for Kosta Boda, circa 1970s. The candlesticks are 11", 9", 9" and 7.25" high and 3.5" in diameter and are in very good vintag...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Crystal

Modern Georg Jensen Large Stainless Candleholder Copenhagen
Located in PAU, FR
A modern, simple, Minimalist polished stainless steel candleholder by Georg Jensen for two candles. The candle holder has some minor scratches to the surface consistent to use.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Stainless Steel

Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, a Pair of Sculptural Candlesticks
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Pierre Forsell (1925-2004) for Skultuna. A pair of sculptural candlesticks in brass. Model 20. Swedish design, 1960s. Measures: 10 x 6 cm. Signed under the bottom. In excellent ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gunnar Ander Candlestick Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Metal, Brass

Gunnar Ander Candlestick Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Large candlestick designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Metal, Brass

Royal Copenhagen porcelain pair of candlesticks.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen porcelain pair of candlesticks. Beautiful glaze in light blue shades. Stamped. 2nd factory quality, in very good condition. Measures 15 x 11 cm.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Porcelain

Pierre Forsell, Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell - Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's This adjustable candleholder is an exquisite example of the refined approach designed by Pierre For...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of 3 Gunnar Ander Brass and Glass Flowers Candleholder Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful set of 3 Gunnar Ander candleholder for Ystad Metall, Sweden Delicate blue glass flowers and patinated gold-plated brass stems.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Scandinavian Brass Midcentury Candle Holders, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two solid brass Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design candle holders, Denmark 1950 c.a. Please note that the items are original of the period and this shows normal signs of ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Josef Frank Candlestick Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick (the knot of friendship) in brass designed by Josef Frank. Produced by Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Candle Sticks by Josef Frank for Firma Svenkt Tenn, 1950s-1960s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Rare candle sticks designed by Josef Frank and produced in Sweden by Firma Svenskt Tenn during the 1950s-1960s. Made from solid patinated brass. Rare version or prototype of the icon...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pierre Forsell - Set of 3 Brass Propellor Candle Holders Skultuna Sweden 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell - Set of 3 Brass Propellor Candle Holders Skultuna Sweden 1960s This set of three brass candle holders shaped in propellors, named "Propellern", was designed by Pier...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of 4 Brass Candleholders by Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful sculptured brass candleholders made out of brass. These ones were manufactured in Sweden at Skultuna and designed by Pierre Forssell. Good vintage condition with some we...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Candlesticks in Brass Designed by Pierre Forsell Produced by Skultuna in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlesticks in brass designed by Pierre Forsell. Produced by Skultuna in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Cohr Modern Silver Plate Candlestick, Large Hans Bunde
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Cohr Modern silver plate candlestick, large Hans Bunde Measures: 11.5cm high and 9.8cm wide ( 4 1/2 in. high and 3 7/8 in. wide).
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver Plate

Midcentury Brutalist Bronze Candleholder by Michael Harjes, Germany, 1960s no1
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Brutalist candleholder Origin: Germany Design producer: Michael Harjes Material: bronze Decade: 1960s Description: This original vintage candleholder, was pro...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Bronze

Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, Two Reflex Wall Candlesticks in Brass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Pierre Forsell for Skultuna. Two Reflex wall candlesticks in brass. Swedish design, 1960s. Measures: 38 x 6.5 cm. In excellent condition with patina. Can be polished so they appea...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Ole Bjørn Krüger, Danish Sculptor and Ceramicist, Unique Candlestick
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007), Danish sculptor and ceramicist. Unique candlestick in glazed stoneware. 1960s / 70s. Measures: 10.3 x 7.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed. Prov...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Stoneware

Gunnar Ander Candlesticks Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pair of candlesticks designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Wall Candleholders by Pierre Forssell, Skultuna, Sweden, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Priced per individual piece. Pendel/Reflex wall candleholders by Pierre Forssell, manufactured by Skultuna, Sweden, 1950s. Good original vintage condition, patinated brass. Stamped...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Candle Holders by Pierre Forsell for Skultana
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of brass candle holders designed by Pierre Forsell, produced by Skultana, Sweden. Stamped with maker's mark.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Vintage Scandinavian Candlesticks in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of solid brass candlesticks manufactured in Scandinavia during the 1960s. The candlesticks are to be fitted with regular sixed candles. They have not been polished recently an...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of 3 Brass Wall Candlesticks "Sunburst" Holmström, Arvika, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
These wall candlesticks were hand -sculpted in Arvika, Sweden. The candlesticks are made in brass by famous Holmström Arvika. These ones are signed on the back. The name Sunburst was...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gunnar Ander Candlestick Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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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 Candlesticks

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Pewter

Pair of Tapio Wirkkala Modern Candlesticks
Located in Lambertville, NJ
These 2 glass candlesticks are designed by Tapio Wirkkala is called Model 3412. The object is a Classic manufactured by the Finnish workshop Iittala. The pieces is from the 1960s an...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Glass

Pierre Forssell, 3 Brass Star Candleholders for Skultuna, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forssell - 3 Brass Star Candleholders for Skultuna, Sweden, 1960s Maker's mark and signature on bottom. Pierre Forsell (1925 - 2004) grew up in central Stockholm. He was...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pierre Forsell Set of 3 Small Brass Tulip Candleholders - Skultuna Sweden 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell Set of 3 Small Brass Tulip Candleholders - Skultuna Sweden 1970s Set of 3 tulip candlesticks by Pierre Forsell for Skultuna, Sweden, 1970s. Solid brass Small set. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Dansk Designs Silver Plated Modern Crown Candleholders J. Quistgaard
Located in Miami, FL
Designed by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Designs in their long creative relationship, these Danish Modern Crown candleholders were created in the 1960s and manufactured in France. Mo...
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1960s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver Plate

Wall Candleholders by Pierre Forssell, Skultuna, Sweden, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Pierre Forsell designed brass pendel wall appliques. Rarer version with bobeche. Made by Skultuna, Sweden, circa 1965. In beautiful original patinated condition. Stamped with makers ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pierre Forsell Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick in brass model Variabel designed by Pierre Forsell. Produced by Skultuna in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Rare Gunnar Ander Candleholder for Ystad Metall in Brass
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare Gunnar Ander candleholder in brass for three candles. Manufactured by Ystad Metall.   
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gunnar Ander Brass Candleholder by Ystad Metall Sweden
Located in Krefeld, DE
Gunnar Ander candle stick by Ystad Metal. The candleholder is marked on the bottom. The price is for one candleholder.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

Rare Pierre Forssell for Skultuna Solid Brass Candlesticks, 1960s, Sweden
Located in London, GB
Stunning, modernist brass candlesticks designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden. Stamped with makers mark. Five available. Price is per piece. Measures: Weight 1020 g. 14 cm...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Candle Holders SC41, in Bronzed Brass by Space Copenhagen for &tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
This bronzed brass candle holder is the biggest of the candle holders, within the Collect series, a curated line of beautifully crafted soft furnishings and home objects. Designed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Wiwen Nilsson Lund, Sweden, a Pair of Modernist Candlesticks
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wiwen Nilsson Lund, Sweden (b. 1897, d. 1974). A pair of modernist candlesticks in silver. Dated 1963. Measures: 13 x 3 cm. In excellent condition. One with slight wear. Stamped.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver

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 Candlesticks

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Sterling Silver

GAB Guldsmedsaktiebolaget, Candle Holders, Cast Pewter, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of cast pewter candle holders / candle sticks produced by GAB, Sweden, 1930s. Maker's mark impressed to underside.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Pewter

Pair of Brass "Variabel" Candlesticks by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of heavy, solid brass “Variabel” candlesticks by Pierre Forssell. Interesting design where the diagonal arm slides through the base to fasten the candle. The design springs from...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Designer Scandinavian Modern Crystal Candlestick Holders, Sweden, Set of 3
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of three (3) of Scandinavian Modern clear crystal candlestick holders by designer Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda, Sweden. With maker's mark, designers signature, and num...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Crystal

Scandinavian Brass Serpentine Candlestick for Illums Bolighus Denmark
Located in Vienna, AT
This elegant and curvaceous brass candlestick was manufactured and retailed by Illums Bolighus in Denmark. Concerning the Designer others often attribute it to Carl Aubock, but with ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Lars Holmström Candlestick in Brass by Lars Holmström in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Brass candlestick designed by Lars Holmström. Produced by Lars Holmström in Arvika, Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

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