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Italian Murano Six-Tier Felci Glass Chandelier, 52 Glasses
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Beautiful and huge Italian Murano chandelier composed of 52 splendid transparent glasses that give a very elegant look Period: 1970s Dimensions: 55.10 inches (140 cm) height with cha...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 50 Glass Rondini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Rare Italian vintage Murano chandelier. The fixture is made up of 41 individual hand blown glass elements hanging (transparent and white “lattimo”) from a chrome frame. Each piece cl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 24 Glass Rondini
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 24 glass petals "rondini" (transparent crystal, smooth outside, with crystal powder and then rough inside.) in a chrome frame. Period: 19...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Midcentury Gio Ponti Style Italian Green Glass and Brass Table Lamp
By Gio Ponti
Located in Miami, FL
A very elegant Italian table lamp of blown Murano glass in a very rare color of slightly iridescent English green with a touch of blown clear glass containing gold inclusions and bra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Italian Modernist Brass and Frosted Murano Glass Sconces in Style of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern sconces were realized in Italy in the manner of Gio Ponti. They feature conical shades in frosted glass that are supported by four angular su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and...

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Brass

Italian Wooden Coffee Table in Style of Paolo Buffa, Crystal Glass Top, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This coffee table in the manner of Paolo Buffa is from the Italian 1950s. It is designed with simplicity but appears elegant with walnut and maple and a crystal glass top.    
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Pelican Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Rare Nine Shade Brass and Glass Chandelier by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare chandelier with nine rectangular brushed satin glass shades and brass plated nickel. Manufactured by Stilnovo in Milan, circa 1960s. Takes nine E27 40w maximum bulbs. Wired for ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Wild Boar Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi wild boar with Murano blown glass detail sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom pie...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Silver Pelican Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Fantastic Franco Luce for Seguso Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1970s
By Franco Luce
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant two-tier chandelier with eight white "lattimo" striated glass petals supported by a gold-plated hardware by Franco Luce, Murano, Italy, 1970s. Excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Ostrich Set of Two Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi set of two ostrich birds with Murano blown glass sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and sel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Multicolor Quadriedri Table Lamp, Mariangela Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 Quadriedri Murano crystal multicolored prism for each lamp. Nickel metal frame. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimension...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Amber Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 amber Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10.50 inches (27 cm...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Huge Murano Chandelier Trasaparent and Smoked Triedri, 184 Prism, Mariangela M
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 184 Murano crystal trasaparent and smoked prism in a nickel metal frame. The glasses are transparent, blue, smoky, purple, green, yellow a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style, Transparent and Smoked Prism
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and smoked Quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height, 10...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Good Vintage Condition and Fully Working, Slight Signs of Aging in the Structure
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 transparent and clear blue prism quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: Late 20th century Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Murano Big Chandelier Venini Style 107 Transparent Prism Quadriedri Elena Mo
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic and big Murano chandelier made by 107 Murano crystal prism triedri in a nickel-plated metal frame. Period: late XX century Dimensions: 51,20 inches height (130 cm) with cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Vintage Murano Chandelier – 107 Transparent Prism Triedri, Arianna Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 107 Murano crystal prism "triedri" in a nickel metal frame. The glasses are two different size. Period: late XX century Dimensions: 47,25 ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Huge Murano Chandelier Transparent Triedri, 184 Prism, Arianna Model
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Fantastic vintage Murano chandelier made by 184 Murano trasparent crystal prism in a nickel metal frame. The glasses have two different sizes. Period: late 20th century Dimensions: 6...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Clear Quadriedri Table Lamp, Venini Style
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Magnificent pair of table lamps, 24 quadriedri for each lamp. Elegant object of furniture. Period: late 20th century. Dimensions: 15 inches (38 cm) height; 10.50 inches (27 cm) diame...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Pendant Light by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted shade, fitted with one E27 socket. Made by Stilnovo in the 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 55.12 in. Dm 9.45 in.
Mid-Century Modern Chandelier in Brass and Opaline Glass, Attributed to Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful 12-light chandelier in red lacquered metal, brass and opaline glass, attributed to Stilnovo. The brass has not been polished but this can be done at the client's request, ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Round Nine Tiers Chandelier, 380 Murano Fume' Glass, 1990s, Metal Ring
By Venini, Camer Glass, Barovier&Toso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Grand midcentury chandelier that carries around 340 glass elements in fume glass. Each element has small grooves that are playing with light. Light fume color appears tea color wh...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Round 5+1 Tiers Chandelier, Murano, Clear Glass 1990s, Bronze Finish Metal Ring
By Venini, Camer Glass, Barovier&Toso
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This dense and luxury midcentury chandelier carries around 140 glass elements. Each element has small grooves that are giving the appearance when lit to be white. Because it's a diff...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Pair of Pink Polar Murano Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular Murano chandelier. It consists of dozens of pure Murano glass leaves. Four E 27 lights. Measures: Height with chain cm 100 (39 inches) without chain cm 40 (16 inches).
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Midcentury Stilnovo Style Teak and Opaline Eight Arm Spider Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Coimbra, PT
Large vintage Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo style brass and teak wood spider chandelier with Eight hanging arms glass shades in the Danish style. Age patina. Measures: Diameter: 30 in/...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Era Northern Italian Faïence Majolica Fish Service, Set of 7
By Nove, Italy
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Barrettoni già Antonibon pottery in Nove, Northern Italy, a Mid-Century Modern Era earthenware fish service consisting of a large serving platter and six individual plates. ...
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Mid-20th Century French International Style Platters and Serveware

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Earthenware

Large Trumpet Shaped Murano Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large trumpet shaped Murano vase in mouth blown art glass, 1960s. In perfect condition. Measures: 33 x 16 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass

Italian Ceramic Art Platter by Eugenio Pattarino
By Eugenio Pattarino
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian art pottery charger by Professor Eugenio Pattarino circa 1950s. The platter can services as a large centrepiece and it features a thick and contrasting glaze with mottled ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

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Pottery

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Pair Italian Venetian Swirl Murano Glass Deco Lamps
By Lorin Marsh
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian / Murano Venetian swirl form smoke grey color art glass lamps in the Art Deco style with new polished nickel fittings and wiring.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Heavy Blown Clear Glass Studio Piece Blue Fish Vase, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern heavy blown Murano Cenedese clear glass studio piece with blue fish vase from Italy.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Glass

Italian Venetian Pair of Chandeliers, Blown Murano Glass, Triedro Camer G, 1960s
By Camer Glass
Located in Villaverla, IT
Italian Venetian pair of chandeliers, blown Murano glass, triedro elements, attributed to camer glass, 1960s Amazing pair of Murano chandeliers in excellent original condition, as do...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Style Dlightus Bespoke Nickel and Frosted Glass Chandelier
By D'LightUs
Located in Dallas, TX
Made of 12 nickel sheets of metal, curved, nesting the light and covered up by a frosted glass. Rectangular shape, with 12 candelabra base lights. Ideal over a table/kitchen island/d...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Carlo Nason Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp Blown Glass for Mazzega, 1970s
By Carlo Nason, AVMazzega
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This floor lamp was created by Carlo Nason, in blown Murano glass and steel. Created for the famous Mazzega Muranese Company, 1970s. " If you like it please make your offer and we w...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

1950s, Italian Modern Brass and Opaline Glass Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp manufactured in Italy during the 1950s. The ceiling light feature very light green opaline glass and brass parts Very small crack under the glass, di...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

6-Globe Modern Chandelier, Italy, 21st Century
Located in Culver City, CA
6-globe modern chandelier, Italy, 21st century. Flush mount brass and steel fixture with six cascading frosted glass globes. *Please Note: This fixture is made in Italy, and comes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

J. Colombo Mid-century Black & White Wood Vertical Revolving Bookcase, 60s Italy
Located in Palermo, IT
Elegant and beautiful vertical and revolving bookcase in black and white lacquered wood, glass top, geometric structure with compartments and drawers. In style of Joe Colombo, 1968 c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

Italian Murano Glass Flower Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful Italian Murano glass flower chandelier. Total height with chain is 75 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Murano Art Glass Freeform Brown, Clear & Green Blown Glass Catchall, Bowl Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Murano art glass freeform with controlled bubbles in brown, clear and green blown glass catchall, bowl made in Italy. Heavy glass bowl with outstanding details.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Murano Glass

Set of 4 Large Venini Glass Wall Lights, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Hollywood, FL
With hand blown discs suspended from each other on a polished chrome framework.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Venini Style Italian Murano Glass and Gold Flush Mount
By Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
Venini style Italian Murano glass and gold flush mount. Elegant Murano glass flush mount or wall-light featuring seven crystal clear glass "triete" prisms each attached to a gilt bra...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Gold, Brass

Chrome Beautiful Elegant Blue Opal Glass Flush Mount, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original sixties flush mount ceiling lamps in a blue opal Murano glass domical shade within a round bracket and a circular chrome plate made of chrome-plated brass designed in 1960s ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass, Chrome

Italian Dining Rosewood Table with Black Steel Legs and Glass Top, 1950s
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This dining table was designed in the 1950s in Italy. It is made of rosewood with black steel legs and an auburn glass top. Feel free to contact us for more detailed pictures.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel

Flushmount Brass with White Spheres in blown Murano Glass Contemporary Italy
By Giovanni Dalla Fina
Located in Villaverla, IT
Modern and gorgeous contemporary Italian flushmount Brass & White Spheres Murano Glass by Giovanni Dalla Fina. This fine and unique artwork was entirely handcrafted utilizing blown M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Square Glass Ceiling Light by Veca, 1970s, Italy
By VECA
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful square glass hanging lamp made in Italy in the 1970s. The light is made of thick glass. It has an amazing transparent color and it is very solid. The four glass parts are...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Archimede Seguso Murano White Alabastro Glass Bowl with Gold Dust, Italy, 1950s
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Barcelona, ES
Murano glass opalescent white round bowl with gold dust manufactured by Archimede Seguso. Italy, 1950s. An exquisite hand blown Murano art glass bowl lovely to be used as rings bowl,...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Gold Leaf

New Old Stock, Opaline Murano Glass Table Light by Cenedese Vetri, Italy 1960
By Cenedese, Gino Cenedese
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table light opal Murano glass Producer: Cenedese Vetri Origin: Murano, Italy Age: 1960s This fantastic vintage table light was designe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Extraordinary Aluminium and Murano Glass Ceiling Light by Mazegga, 1970s, Italy
By Mazzega
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful Murano glass hanging lamp made in Italy in the 1970s. The light is made of thick Murano. It has an amazing color and it is very solid. The three glass parts are secure to...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Italian Tall Clear Hand Blown Ribbed Murano Glass and Aluminum Neck Table Lamp
Located in Miami, FL
Italian tall clear hand blown feminine-shaped ribbed Murano glass table lamp. The top has an aluminum ribbed neck. In perfect working condition and uses a max. 60 watts light bulb....
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

1960s Pair of Sigma Wall Lights by Sergio Mazza for Artemide Brass Glass, Italy
By Artemide, Sergio Mazza
Located in Girona, ES
Pair of Sigma wall lights, matte nickel plated brass and pressed glass. Design: Sergio Mazza Manufacturer: Artemide, Italy, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Sommerso Art Glass Birds/Pheasants by Murano Glass Studios
By Murano 5
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of art glass birds / pheasants by Murano glass studios, circa 1970s in a orange / clear Sommerso style glass with gold speckles. The larger bird measures 14.5" high x 11" d...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Sommerso

Italian Brass Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An incredible accent lamp that has a unique presence. It can sit in a variety of positions allowing the light source to point in almost any direction.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Roberto Rida 'Diamante Murano' Large Glass Box
By Roberto Giulio Rida
Located in New York, NY
Roberto Giulio Rida exquisite purple 'Diamante Murano' glass box with thick glass ground and polished to create faceted fitted top with gilt brass base covered inside with steel, Ita...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass, Steel

Beautiful 1960 Murano Glass Table Lamp
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Original table lamp in Murano glass attributed to Barovier.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Dining Table in the Style of Nerone Patuzzi, Italy, 1960s
By Nerone and Patuzzi
Located in Greding, DE
Dining room table with a brass frame base with an rectangular steel element in its centre. Both sides of it are decorated with an abstract metal ornament, showing different surface t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass, Steel

Midcentury Bamboo and Rattan Italian Foldable Table and Four Chairs, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury set, made of bamboo and rattan foldable table and four chairs. It is an Italian production of 1960s and the state of conservation is just excellent. The item ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Bamboo, Rattan, Glass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Butterflies
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with flying butterflies in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Dino Martens Murano Multicolor Millefiori Art Glass Bowl with Copper Flecks
By Dino Martens, Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM)
Located in Barcelona, ES
Sculptural colorful pastel colors Tutti Frutti Murano art glass bowl attributed to Dino Martens and Arte Vetreria Muranese. Italy, 1950-1960 Zanfirico and latticino techniques in pas...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Copper

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Blue Flowers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half Sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with large blue flowers in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Italy Mid Century Modern Glass For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of Italy mid century modern glass on 1stDibs. A piece of Italy mid century modern glass — often made from glass, metal and brass — can elevate any home. There are 33388 variations of the antique or vintage item from our selection of Italy mid century modern glass you’re looking for, while we also have 1590 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the choice in our collection of Italy mid century modern glass you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of Italy mid century modern glass is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. Venini, Barovier&Toso and Stilnovo each produced at least one beautiful option in this array of Italy mid century modern glass that is worth considering.

How Much is a Italy Mid Century Modern Glass?

Prices for a piece of Italy mid century modern glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $196,949, while the average can fetch as much as $2,423.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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.