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Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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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Sputnik Chandelier in Copper and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sputnik chandeliers, opal glass, copper, Europe, 1970s Set of two chandeliers in copper and opaline glass. These sputniks consist of a copper globe with six arms, each with a ligh...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Modernist Stilkronen Style Oscar Torlasco Gold Crystal Round Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Modernist Stilkronen Oscar Torlasco gold crystal round chandelier 1970s Italian design. 10 light bulbs e14 max 40 watt each.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Italian Mid-Century Murano Red Glass Chandelier Gio Ponti Style, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Beautiful Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier with six lights from the 50'. The structure is made of high-quality antique brass and red Murano glass with gold color details. Gio Po...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Vistosi Pendant, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare disc-shaped Vistosi pendant with a large, pale Lilac-colored and cased, glass body. Suspended by a steel wire this large hand blown Murano glass pendant appears to hover in plac...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rattan and Wicker Wire Italian Modernist Pendant / Hanging Light, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern woven wicker wire and rattan lantern or pendant ceiling lamp, Italy, 1960s. This cool suspension lamp features a rattan structure with vertical canes accented wi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wire

Pendant Lamps in Opaline Glass and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant lamps, metal, opaline glass, plastic, Europe, 1970s Minimalist pendant lamps with drop-shaped glass shade. The lamps hang on metal stems that end in a cylindric ceiling fi...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Suspension Light by Luci-Cinisello Balsamo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Suspension Light by Luci-Cinisello Balsamo. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1970's. Fiberglass, rubber, metal. Custom backplate. Original canopy. Rewired for U.S. standards...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Rare Max Ingrand Chandelier for Fontana Arte, c1960
Located in London, GB
Eighteen light chandelier by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Frits Schlegel, Adjustable Pendant Light, Brass, for Lyfa, Denmark, 1967
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pendant light designed by Danish architect Frits Schlegel in 1967. Produced by Lyfa. In brass. Stated height includes full drop as illustrated in primary image.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Pendant by Reggiani, circa 1960, Murano Glass and Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Large Italian brass pendant attributed to Reggiani, circa 1960. The large teardrop shaped diffuser is made of blown Murano glass with countless tiny bubbles - a technique called 'Pul...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Round Venini Style Big Drops Gold Structure Chandelier Italian Design, 1960s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Venini big drops gold structure chandelier Italian Design, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Gold Plate

Zero Quattro Chandeliers, a Pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zero Quattro chandeliers. a pair, Italy, 1970s. 46 chiseled glass pieces assembled in 3 layers.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Nickel

Gaia Chandelier, Venexiana, Gismondi Orni Halloween for VeArt, Memphis Style 80s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
The Gaia chandelier, in the multicolored version, is one of the emblem of the 80s postmodern style. Very rare to find in this multicolor combination. It was designed by Gismondi for...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

"Nuvola" Suspension Light by Tobia Scarpa for Flos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Nuvola suspension light by Tobia Scarpa for Flos. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1962. Enameled metal, resin. Plastic polymer resin applied with spraying technique on to enamele...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vistosi Gray Murano Glass Disc Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular chandelier by Vistosi made with 48 grey fumé beveled Murano discs a four levels. The cage and armature are original brass. Each glass disk is 6" diameter. There are 13 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Space Age Murano Blown Glass Globe Bubble Lamp, Doria Germany 1960s
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Mid-century Space Age slobe sphere bubble lamp, by Doria Leuchten Germany, 1960s. Blown art glass. perfect vintage condition. 3 bulbs e27.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Contemporary Handcrafted Ceiling Lamp "Ischys" with Brass Curved Arms by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handmade ceiling fixture model "Ischys" in oxidized brass with 24 curved arms, in two different lengths, with light source on either end. The light source consists of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Chandelier Model 'T746/8' in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans-Agne Jakobsson, T 746/8 chandelier, brass, glass, Sweden, 1960s Hans-Agne Jakobsson designed this chandelier with eight cylindrical lightbulbs paired on a line. The brass ref...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Joe Pendant Lamp 640 by Wende Reid
Located in Paddington, NSW
Joe pendant lamp 640 This Classic, tailored, double pendant lamp, inspired by menswear is reminiscent of 1940s style and the early simplicity of Art Deco. Now also available as a fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Australian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Copper

Murano Glass Ceiling Pendants, a Pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendants, a pair Italy 1960s.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Paavo Tynell Pendant Lamps in Perforated Brass for Litecraft Mfg Corp, Set of 4
Located in Dallas, TX
Priced per pendant. Paavo Tynell for Litecraft Manufacturing Corporation. Set of four pendant lamps with etched glass diffusers embellished with brass leaf ornamentation. The d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Palwa Gilt Brass and Crystal Chandelier
Located in London, GB
A good quality ceiling light in gilt brass and crystal by German manufacturer Palwa, design attributed to Gaetano Sciolari.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

White Opaline Glass Vintage Mid-Century Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Opaline glass industrial Bauhaus pendant. Weight 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent ligh...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Opaline Glass, Milk Glass

Mid Century Domed Pendant Chandelier by Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A nice cleanly designed mid century domed pendant chandelier with matching metal concentric louvered shade which snaps in for easy bulb changing for the double light socket. Having p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Spiral Cascading Chandelier with Glass Shades, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1960s Sculptural cascading chandelier with five deeply cast stepped glass shades encased in colored enameled metal frames, polished brass mounts. Measures: 12 Ø x 50 H Rewi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Carlo Nason Two-Tier Cascade Ice Glass Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Carlo Nason "Cascade" chandelier for Mazzega, circa 1960s, Italy. Two-tier waterfall chandelier with 39 thick hand blown and shaped ice glass crystals in three different lengths. Cry...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome, Steel

Pair of Pink and Light Blu Poliedri Sconces Carlo Scarpa Venini Variation, 1980'
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing pair of poliedri wall lights. Rare combination of iridescent pink and light blue color Murano glass. Available four pairs and also a chandelier. Provenance form a historic ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Italian Chandelier in Structured Glass with Orange Highlights
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Chandelier, handblown and structured glass, metal, Italy, 1970s Dazzling Italian chandelier consisting of multiple, handblown glass plates. Each plate in structured glass features...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Brass & Murano Glass Leaf Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunningly beautiful Murano glass and brass chandelier. The chandelier has 12 Murano glass leaves mounted on a brass frame and with 6 light bulbs. The chandelier shows beautifully...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pendant Lamps in Opaline Glass and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant lamps, metal, opaline glass, plastic, Europe, 1970s Minimalist pendant lamps with drop-shaped glass shade. The lamps hang on metal stems that end in a cylindric ceiling fi...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Italian Brass Black Large Mobile Chandelier "Magico e Meditativo"
Located in Milano, IT
Original Italian brass mobile chandelier manufactured in a very small handcraft production in Milano, 20th century Large, magic and poetical mobile chandelier with brass and black s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Wire

Stilnovo Chandelier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stilnovo chandelier, Italy, 1960s Six glass bells.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

"Flowers" Chandelier by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Beautiful chandelier in brass with sculpted blue Murano glass flowers. Unique piece by Studio Glustin. Italy, 2021.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Art Glass Multicolor Italian Chandeliers, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Fantastic Venetian salmon pink, smoked brown, transparent sandblasted color for a Cascade of Murano leaves. A striking color for this chandelier. A cool design for a cool leaf. Al...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Large Venini Glass Pendant
Located in Dronten, NL
Italian Murano glass pendant, original example with brass hardware, circa 1955. Great typical 1950s orange color. Multi-layered glass in Sommerso technique.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Chandelier Pendant Ceiling Disco Lamp Attributed to Pietro Chiesa, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Wonderful Italian Mid-Century Modern six lights chandelier or pendant ceiling lamp in disco shape attributed to Pietro Chiesa, produced in the 1950s. The structure is made of polishe...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the variation of the Sistema chandelier where the shade is made of a thin cut Ivory Onyx slab. Actually the whole project started for this incredible material. Ivor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Onyx, Brass

Murano Glass Globe Ceiling Pendant
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendant. Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Brass Chandelier
Located in Dronten, NL
Impressive chandelier with six round frosted glass shades, frame in brass and black enameled brass. Marked with label on the inside of canopy; Arredoluce Monza made in Italy.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Seguso Murano Glass Pendant Lights, Chrome Fittings, Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce
Located in London, GB
Seguso Murano unusual oval shaped glass pendant lights with chrome fittings, Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce. only 2 still available. Rare heavy ovoid shape. Could easily be reduced ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Carlo Nason for Mazzega Blown Glass Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carlo Nason blown glass ceiling lamp with chrome hardware and canopy. In original condition with decorative swirl design and some wear consistent with age.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

1950s Huge Church Diabolo / Hourglass Chandelier , Italy
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Come from a church build in the 50s . Big in size , personality and presence. 6 units available . Could sell from 1 to 6 units. Measure 32 inches wide and have a total drop...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

Murano Glass Handkerchief Style Hanging Light
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a wonderful handkerchief style Murano hand blown glass hanging light in white w/ white accent circles design. All original and in fine working condition as shown illuminated.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Large Fontana Arte Glass Ceiling Light with Carved Wood Frame, 1940s
Located in New York, NY
Fontana Arte. A rare and monumental Fontana Arte flush-mount ceiling light. Frosted glass bowl; enameled carved wood frame with egg and dart motif. Maker’s mark on finial, Italy, 19...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Chandelier in Brass and Art-Glass Spheres
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Chandelier, brass, glass, Europe, 1970s. Extreme large chandelier with brass fixture and art-glass. The chandelier with brass frame consist of twelve-light, formed in a circle, wi...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Style Italian Sputnik Brass and Gold Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very chic chandelier features brass rods ending with gold glass globes. So when the light is switched off, this chandelier is all gold, amazing. And when light is switched on, ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Palwa Chandelier Golden Brass and Crystal Column Lamp, 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
One of a kind 49" column light from brass and glass, Palwa, Germany Delicate and rare column style ceiling light by Palwa, Germany. This fixture has been handcrafted and has a dr...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce Six Lune Ceiling Light/ Chandelier, circa 1960
Located in New York, NY
Large and striking Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce original "6 Lune" flush mount ceiling light or chandelier with six opaline glass shades suspended from rich patinated nickel-plated bra...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Large Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier By Toni Zuccheri For Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large mid-century clear Murano glass chandelier by Toni Zuccheri for Venini. This beautiful Murano glass chandelier is comprised of unusually shaped glass on a steel frame. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Glass Globe Ceiling Pendant
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendant. Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Chandelier Pia Guidetti Crippa for Lumi, Italie 1960 Large Version
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Mid-century chandelier Pia Guidetti Crippa for Lumi, Italie 1960. Largest Version ! thick glass center piese. opaline glass shade. good vintage condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Fantastic Murano Glass Tube Chandelier, 36 Pink Glass Tube
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage chandelier in Murano glass and nickel-plated metal structure. The armor polished nickel supports 36 large pink glass tubes in a star shape. Period: late XX century ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Seguso of Italy 1950s Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A truly beautiful example of a midcentury Italian blown glass chandelier attributed to the Seguso glass house. The chandelier is comprised of light and transparent opal color glass p...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Lantern, circa 1960, Striped Glass, Brass and Red Shade
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming French midcentury lantern with a striped glass diffuser, red lacquered shade and brass cage. Very good original condition with minimal wear to the lacquered parts and a ligh...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. Compact version, a great chandelier for low ceilings. Chandelier has a minimal height of 70 cm/ 28 inches and wil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Majestic Murano Palmette Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Luxury Palmette Murano glass chandelier made with 94 original crystal glasses attributed to Barovier & Toso. Gold metal frame. Available also a pair. 12-light bulbs, E27 dimension...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Fontana Arte Mid-Century Modern Italian Dahlia Chandelier by Max Ingrand, 1950s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
To consider is the Dahlia chandelier mod. 1563A with 16 lights by Max Igrand for Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1950s. Cast brass and curved crystal. Excellent original condition of the ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass