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Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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
1950s French Modern Pendant, Ribbed Glass and Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist French pendant from the 1950s. A slightly conical ribbed glass diffuser is framed by a black lacquered structure with brass details. The glass diffuser has a white casing o...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass, Steel

Italian Pendant Lamp by Vinicio Vianello for Vistosi Murano
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Italian pendant lamp or lantern by Vinicio Vianello for Vistosi, Murano, Italy. Marked with the labels: Made in Italy Murano and Vistosi. Dimensions: Total height from ceiling till...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Italian Naturalistic Lantern Chandelier 1970s Bamboo Brass Gold Crespi style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian Naturalistic Lantern Chandelier 1970s Bamboo Brass Gold Crespi style
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Vintage Danish Design Brass Candleholders
Located in Søborg, DK
Classic midcentury Danish design with a touch of style Measures: 19 cm dia 4.5 cm.
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Mid-19th Century Danish Antique Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Round Barovier Ceiling Lamp Lantern Murano Art Glass Midcentury Italian Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Barovier ceiling lamp lantern Murano art glass midcentury Italian design. Brass parts, 1950 Italian design, one light bulb E27 max 80 Watt.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Italian Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian glass and brass chandelier. Diameter: 40 cm. Height: 65 cm. Total height with the chain: 100 cm. Four E14 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Murano Lantern Styled Art Glass Table or Bedroom Accent Lamps
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of small lantern styled art glass table lamps are unsigned, but are presumed to have been made in Italy and designed by Angelo Seguso in circa 1970. The two lamps are done ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Italian Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte Style Pendant or Lantern
Located in Houston, TX
Italian Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte style pendant or lantern. This stunning italian chandelier or lantern is comprised of sheets of glass on a chrome frame and has been newly wire...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Chrome

Midcentury French Riviera Bambo and Rattan Round Italian Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Stunning Midcentury bamboo, rattan and Cote d'Azur style round hanging chandelier. This wonderful item was produced in Italy during the 1960s. This fantastic design is perfect for...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Bamboo, Rattan

Hand Woven Wicker Rattan Pendant Light / Lantern, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching Lantern Woven Light Pendant in natural wicker and rattan with Scalloped Edge. Spain, 1960s. This hand-crafted bell shaped hanging lamp features a woven wicker shade acc...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Wicker, Rattan

Pendant Light in Hammered Copper, Campana, Size A, Cobre Collection,
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
With inspiration drawn from the art deco facades and color dipped walls of Guadalajara, the Cobre Collection has its roots in Mexico’s traditional copper pots (cazos de cobre). Ea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Copper

One of Four Guzzini Pendant Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Four Guzzini ceiling lights, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Polyester

Mid-Century Cylinder Shaped Tripod Lamps with Red, Orange, Blue Panels
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Cylinder shaped Mid-Century Modern tripod lamps with red, blue and orange panels. These lamps truly capture the whimsical zeitgeist of the Atomic Age. The vintage 1950s lamps feature...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Walnut, Plastic

Set of Three Elegant Wall Lights Attributed to Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Classy and sophisticated set of three wall lights attributed to Luigi Caccia Dominioni. These lights have a sinuous arm and a decorated base holder made of brass. The lighting elemen...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Lanterns in Pulegoso Glass Italy 1960s, a Pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lanterns in Pulegoso Murano glass, a pair. Made in Italy, 1960s. Hand blown Murano glass, patinated brass. Rewired for US.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Custom Italian Purple Crystal Gold and Gray Smoked Murano Glass Pendant Light
Located in New York, NY
Elegant bespoke contemporary Venetian pendant/chandelier, entirely handcrafted, of organic modern design consisting of a succession of glass elements with flowing natural forms: crys...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Striking Midcentury Cut Glass Pendant Light with Moon-Like Frosted Ice Surface
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and striking mid-century design light fixture. We have never seen a pendant with the amazing surface of this piece. It is another one of our recent purchases that immediately m...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Cut Glass

Midcentury Sputnik Spherical Purple Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
A fantastic spot of purple color, amazing design due to its very particular shape of these purple glass spheres and for the yellow flower always in Murano glass. Very elegant, will f...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Murano Round Blu Sky / White Color Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary blue sky / white color for this Murano chandelier, a blue sky color with a unique transparency. Its blue sky and white color is really guessed for a different and origi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Iron

One of Two Pendant Lamps by RAAK
By RAAK
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two pendant lamps by RAAK, Amsterdam. Price per item.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Italian Modernist Wicker Weave and Bamboo Bell Shaped Pendant, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern rattan, woven wicker wire and bamboo bell pendant / hanging light, Italy, 1960s. This beautiful suspension lamp features a bamboo and wicker wire bell shaped shad...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Wire

Italian Mid-Century Modern Milk Glass Pendant by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
A Timeless Italian Mid-Century Modern mold blown glass pendant / chandelier or lantern in the form of a teardrop by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte. The piece is elegantly blown into se...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Glass, Blown Glass

Stilnovo Suspension Chandelier with Three Hand Blown Glass Globes, 1960s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Stilnovo suspension chandelier with three globes in amber hand blown glass, brass and enameled metal structure, Italy, 1960s. It takes three E14 crew bulbs up to 60watt each bulb. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Barovier Ceiling Lamp Murano Art Glass Transparent Brass Gold Parts, 1940
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Barovier ceiling lamp Murano art glass transparent brass gold parts, 1940.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

1990s Nickel Finished Brass Lantern Mid-Century Modern Entryway or Foyer
Located in New York, NY
1990s four light nickel finish brass foyer or entryway lantern with simple lines done in a Mid-Century Modern style. Price includes restoration. Please specify the overall drop that ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass, Nickel

In Style of Fontana Arte Murano Smoked Glass Midcentury Chandeliers, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid Murano glass chandelier with a particular gradation of smoked color. Its design is also very particular round but composed of triangular handkerchiefs. The chandeliers come...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Murano Glass

White Ceramic Pendant Light, Ajedrez, Large, Atzompa Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Our Atzompa Collection is created in the Oaxacan town of Santa María Atzompa, where the pottery-making tradition has roots tracing back to ancient Zapotec culture. Building on thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Ceramic

Italian Modernist Wicker Wire and Rattan Globe Pendant or Hanging Light, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern woven wicker and rattan globe shaped lantern or pendant ceiling lamp. Italy, 1950s-1960s. The woven wicker spherical shade of this lamp is accented by rattan deta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Wire

Murano Round Art Glass and Brass Midcentury Chandeliers, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Very elegant Murano chandelier in art glass and brass; note the workmanship of the beautiful dove-colored plate. Round shaped, formed by a large metal structure, where Murano colore...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

1960's four light Pendant Attributed to Veca
By VECA
Located in Amsterdam, NH
Majestic four-light pendant, 4 arms attached to the chrome centre with at each end 2 glass plates attached. One larger than the other, the large circular glass plate is natural-color...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Chrome

White Ceramic Pendant Light, Diamantes, Medium, Atzompa Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Our Atzompa Collection is created in the Oaxacan town of Santa María Atzompa, where the pottery-making tradition has roots tracing back to ancient Zapotec culture. Building on thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Ceramic

Pendant Light in Hammered Copper, Arco, Size B, Cobre Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
With inspiration drawn from the art deco facades and color dipped walls of Guadalajara, the Cobre Collection has its roots in Mexico’s traditional copper pots (cazos de cobre). Ea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Copper

Murano Midcentury Blown Glass White and Black Italian Lanterns, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Precious pair of blown Murano glass lanterns, its colors are unique ranging from white to black. They are very elegant and refined objects, they can be placed in several places in th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Blown Glass

Maison Lunel Pair of Ornate Glass and Brass Lantern Wall Mounted Sconces, France
Located in Miami, FL
French Mid-Century Modern Maison Lunel pair of engraved glass and brass lantern wall-mounted sconce. Each takes one light bulb with max. 40 watts. Back plate measures 3.25 inches d...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Lumi Milano Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist 'UFO' chandelier by Lumi Milano, 1950s. Two satin glass diffusers with a brushed aluminum ring between them. Stem and finials are made of nickeled brass with partially heav...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Aluminum, Nickel

34" Pendant Light in Handwoven Honey Rattan, Ventila Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Ventila, our nickname for the Tagalog word for ‘fan’, is woven from Filipino rattan and takes inspiration from colonial era ceiling fans. Measure: 34". It’s an interplay of textures...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Barovier e Toso Murano Glass Midcentury Chandelier "A Tessere", Italia, 1970
Located in Firenze, IT
Midcentury chandelier -lantern by Barovier e Toso Murano Italia with big blown bowl "A Tessere Ambra" glass diffuser . With this type of glass have been made chandeliers but also be...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Blown Glass

Spanish Lantern Pendant Light in Wrought Iron with Amber Blown Glass Shade
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching scrollwork iron lantern or hanging light with hand blown amber shade, Spain, 1940s. The structure of this pendant light is made with wrought iron scroll decorations. It...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Wrought Iron, Iron

Pair of Barovier E Toso Mid-Century Venetian Murano Gold Glass Wall Lanterns
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century (1940s) Venetian Murano gold glass wall lanterns with finial tops with brass bracket supports. (attributed to BAROVIER E TOSO) (PRICED AS Pair)
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Murano Glass

Flavio Poli for Seguso Vetri d'Arte Bell Pendants from Hotel Bristol Merano (3)
Located in Hingham, MA
We currently have a total of three of these original iridescent opaque white Murano glass bell-form campagna pendant lights. These pendants were commissioned by Aldo Bennati, a Genoe...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Murano Sputnik Pink Color Art Glass Midcentury Chandelier, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
The large glass flowers make up this Murano chandelier from the 1980. A Classic Sputnik from the middle of the century. Made of a large central sphere in which brass rods are screwe...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Italian Flower Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian painted metal chandelier with ping flowers and white leaves. The light requires five single E14 screw fit lightbulbs (60Watt max.) LED compatible.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Fine Venetian Murano Pendant Light with Mouth Blown Blue Colored Glass in Frame
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful color and practical size Italian fixture with mouth blown glass in a metal frame. If you are looking for a rare and stylish Murano light fixture to grace your home then t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Iron

Set of Three Rare Outdoor or Garden Lamps by Kaiser Leuchten Germany 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Set of three exceptional Mid-Century Modern outdoor or garden lights in a lovely combination of red, yellow, green, white and black colors. Manufactured by Manufactured by Kaiser Leu...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Huge German Vintage Glass and Brass Pendant Ceiling Lamp, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Huge hand blown glass and brass pendant light. Germany, 1960s. Lamp sockets: One x E27 (US E26).
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Midcentury French Riviera Hexagonal Rattan and Wicker Italian Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful hexagonal pendant rattan and wicker chandelier in the French Riviera style. This incredible piece was made in Italy in the 1960s. This object is striking for its hexagon...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

French Modern Rattan Bell Pendant Lamp / Lantern, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern bamboo and rattan bell shaped pendant or lantern accented by Oriental Details, France, 1960s. This handcrafted ceiling lamp features a bamboo bell shaped shade wi...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

34" Pendant Light in Handwoven Black Rattan, Ventila Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Ventila, our nickname for the Tagalog word for ‘fan’, is woven from Filipino rattan and takes inspiration from colonial era ceiling fans. Measure: 34". It’s an interplay of textures...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

English Midcentury Nickel and Glass Four-Light Ovoid Lantern with Palmettes
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English vintage four-light ovoid nickel light fixture from the mid-20th century, with palmette motifs and glass panels. Created in England during the midcentury period, this nicke...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Nickel

Murano Gold Bronze and Light Pink Color Midcentury Chandelier, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Excellent Murano chandelier from the 1980s, particular for its structure and the shape of its glass; three unique and very special colors. The chandelier is composed of a series of ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Midcentury Kalmar 'Flower' Petal Mazzega White Murano Glass Pendant Light, 1970s
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Large (61.5cm in diameter) vintage midcentury clear and. white bubble glass hanging pendant lamp or light fixture by Austrian lighting manufacturer Kalmar, circa late 1970s. Featurin...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal

Hand Blown Glass Pendant, Clear Glass, Cuishe, Agave Lighting Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
This collection is inspired by the distinctive shape and character of the piña, the heart of the agave plant, from which mezcal is made. Each lamp is individually and expertly coaxed...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Glass

Italian Vintage Crystal Chandelier or Lantern with Bronze Frame, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous vintage midcentury chandelier or lantern with beautiful work of crystal beads and glasses on brass / bronze lamp frame. Original from the midcentury, made in Italy, 1950s. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Crystal, Brass, Bronze

Pair of White Mid-Century Lanterns
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of mid-century Lanterns are in good condition are wired to US standards and in working condition. The lantern shades are made of strong white lucite with wood details and b...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Glass Chandelier or Pendant by Veca
Located in Houston, TX
Charming Italian Fontana Arte inspired blue glass chandelier, pendant or lantern. This gorgeous Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier is comprised of sheets of cobalt blue glass arou...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Chrome

24" Pendant Light in Handwoven Honey Rattan, Ventila Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Ventila, our nickname for the Tagalog word for ‘fan’, is woven from Filipino rattan and takes inspiration from colonial era ceiling fans. Measure: 24". It’s an interplay of textures...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Brass

Rattan Bamboo and Wicker Pagoda Pendant or Hanging Light, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Bamboo Rattan and Wicker wire pagoda shaped pendant or chandelier, France, 1960s. This midcentury suspension lamp features a wicker weave conical lampshade with bamboo vertical cane...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Wire

Italian 1950s Brass Sage Green Enameled Metal Chandelier Attributed to Stilnovo
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A lovely Italian 1950s three-arm chandelier attributed to Stilnovo. In brass and sage green enameled metal with satinated glass shades. This graceful vintage chandelier is in very go...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal, Brass

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