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Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

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 American 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
Large Forged Iron Candle Holder, 1950s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Beautiful decorative candleholder for five large big candles, 1950s. This object shows excellent craftsmanship and many beautiful raw yet refined details. Signed by the artist: S. S....
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Iron

Gunnar Ander, Ceiling Mounted Candelabra, Ystad Metall, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. Stamped. Can either be hung from ceiling, or placed on table. Other designers of the period inclu...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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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 Candle Holders

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Brass

Iron Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iron Floor Candle Stand in the Style of Harry Bertoia. 9 iron candlesticks tapering down in size. Great Look and Style!.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Iron

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 Candle Holders

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Brass, Iron

Brass Tubular Modernist Candle Holder Attr. to Gio Ponti
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Beautiful solid brass candle holder attributed to Gio Ponti. This candle holder consists of thirteen tubular forms of various heights and holds nine candles.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass

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 Candle Holders

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Brass

Hammonia-Motard "Vogelflug" Candleholders, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic stackable candleholders Vogelflug (birdflight) by Hammonia-Motard, Germany, chrome-plated. Priced individually.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Chrome

Pair of Atomic Age Wall Candle Holders Brass & Iron
Located in San Diego, CA
Great and rare set of 1950's American wall candle holders sconces, in brass and iron frame hard to find great decorative pieces.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass, Iron

Gunnar Ander, Organic Candelabra, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small candelabra, attributed to Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. For small candles. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Pa...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass, Steel

Brass Mid-Century Candleholder, Signed by Metalsmith Fordos, 1970's
Located in Budapest, HU
Brass mid-century candleholder, signed, 1970's.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

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 Candle Holders

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Brass, Steel

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 Candle Holders

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Glass

Gunnar Ander, Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. Stamped. For small candles. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynell, Josef ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass

Handcrafted and Polished Cast Bronze Heather Candleholder
Located in Paris, FR
Heather forged from cast polished bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Bronze

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 Candle Holders

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Bronze

Silver Candelabra, 9 Candle, Signed Umbra on Bottom, Plated Finish
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A good size candelabra in silver finish. Marked and signed under Neath umbra design. See close up photos. Not many around now.
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1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Iron

California Modern Van Keppel Green Iron Candleholders
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of Van Keppel Green iron candleholders for their company VKG (Van Keppel-Green) of Beverly Hills. A rare matched pair from the 1950s. Partners Hendrick Van Keppel and Taylor ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Iron

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 Candle Holders

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Ceramic

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Chrome

Wrought Iron Floor Lamp
Located in Antwerp, BE
Revival wrought iron floor torchieres. On top feature five lights. Measures: Height 178 cm. Width 56 cm. Depth 50 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass, Wrought Iron

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

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 Candle Holders

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Brass, Iron

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Art Glass

Looped Wall Candleholders
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A group of three lyrical and expressive lacquered brass candleholders having a beautifully executed loop form.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Murano Glass

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 Holders

Materials

Wrought Iron

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Nickel

Set of Three Silver Plated Candleholders by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool zig-zag pattern silver plated tapered candleholders designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Each holder holds 12 tapers. Two are stamped France and the other is stamped Japan.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Metal

Pair of Carl Aubock Candlestick Hornscreens
Located in Berlin, DE
Really special candlestick with horn screen and patinated brass structure as the base. A unique piece!
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Rare Brass Candlestick
Located in Sharon, CT
A rare 'pricket' candlestick by the great Austrian Workshop.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Bronze

Baccarat Chandeliers, Attributed Jaques Adnet
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Baccarat chandeliers. Attributed Jaques Adnet Sealed Baccarat in the base- circa 1950 Measures: 25 cm x 24 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Crystal

One Venini Massimo Vignelli Pendant Lamp, 1960
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very nice shaped glass pendant lamp designed by Massimo Vignelli for Venini, Murano, 1960. This heavy and thick glass lamp has a very nice unusual shape. The lamp gives very nice wa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Glass, Murano Glass

Gusums Bruk, Candelabra, Brass, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candelabra made of a heavy brass alloy designed and produced by Metallslöjden Gusums Bruk, Sweden 1970s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Set of 4 Candleholders Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
This set of 4 candleholder was designed in Sweden at Ystad Metall and by Gunnar Ander in the 1950s. The base is made of glass and the holder in brass. The pieces give that look of ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Candleholder Centerpiece, Italy, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Circular tray in polished steel featuring 12 movable “antique design” candleholders of varying heights, each twist-screwed into one of the 12 positions. We believe this was a prototy...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Steel

Cylindrical Tabletop Vessel Turquoise Crackle
Located in Oakland, CA
Wheel thrown, hand pierced ceramic tabletop sculpture/ vessel. This piece provides the perfect pop of color to any room. It can stand alone as an art piece, or with a candle it can i...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Scandinavian Candelabra in Pine by Erik Höglund
Located in Karlstad, SE
Very rare candelabra in pine by Erik Höglund, Sweden. Playful shapes and great craftsmanship is significant for Erik Höglund wooden pieces, who was mostly known for his art glass wo...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Copper

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Metal

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Pair of Ivar Ålenius Björk Brass Candleholders for Ystad Metall
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of Ivar Ålenius Björk "Lily" brass candleholders for Ystad Metall, circa 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Pair of Wrought Iron Candelabra, in the Style of the Artisans of Marolles
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of wrought iron candelabra, in the style of the Artisans of Marolles, circa 1950-1960 Designed for candles Same model but 1 is 39 cm high and the other 40 cm.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Wrought Iron

Danish Mid-Century Modern Brass Articulating Candleholder Nagel Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Midcentury Danish modern brass articulating candle holders. Five articulated arms, each arm measures 4.5 inches in length, entire candleholder measures 22.5 inches when fully extend...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Set of Six Timo Sarpaneva Festivo Candlesticks for Iittala
Located in Vienna, AT
Festivo candlesticks by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. One of the glasses glued see last two pictures. Glass with bubbles.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Art Glass

Lars Holmström, Organic Candelabra, Brass, for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic candelabra, designed by Lars Holmström for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. In brass. For small candles. Accepts 0.5 inch diameter candles Other designers of the period inc...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Gunnar Ander, Candelabra, for Ystad Metall, Brass, Painted Metal, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable candelabra, designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and lacquered steel. Stamped. Other designers of the period include Piet Hein, Paavo Tynel...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Brass, 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 Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #7239-1 Candlestick with Hornscreen, Austria
Located in Berlin, DE
Unusual large horn shade on this classic Carl Auböck candle holder in polished solid brass.
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Brass

Gold & Lucite Twisted Pretzel Candlestick Holder / Candelabra by Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
A Lucite and gold-plated brass double candlestick holder/candelabra by American designer Dorothy Thorpe, circa 1970s. Made from a single piece of bent and twisted acrylic to form the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Gold, Brass

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Metal, Steel

Colorful Feders Votive Candle Holder Hand Blown Glass Brutalist Mexico 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Colorful Feders Votive candle holder in hand blown glass Mexico 1970s Brutalism Felipe Delfinger designer Measures: 5 tall x 4.5 diameter inches Preowned unrestored original vinta...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Blown Glass

Vintage Italian Gilt Meal Floral Wall Candle Sconces with Roses, a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Absolutely beautiful pair vintage Italian gilt meal floral wall sconces with roses. Two candleholders per each. Gilt in good condition. Elaborate painted metal roses. Made in Italy w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

Vintage Jens Harald Quistgaard Candleholder with Rotating Joints, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large sculptural candleholder designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard. Manufactured by IHQ Danish Design in the 1960s in Denmark. Made of black lacquered cast iron and features seven rota...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

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Iron, Brass

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 Candle Holders

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Swedish Wrought Iron Hanging, Ceiling Candelabra by Erik Hoeglund
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish hanging candelabra made of a hand crafted, painted wrought iron frame. Featuring fourteen Orrefors glass elements in gold and clear glass and six...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

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