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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

Mid-20th Century Venetian Rezzonico Chandelier 14 Arms, Murano, 1940s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Sumptuous chandelier with 14 flames in very delicate Murano glass blown crystal color embellished with 24-carat gold applications. First half of the 20th century. Absolute mast...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
  • Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
H 35.44 in. W 28.75 in. D 22.45 in.
Amazing Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Amazing Venini "Reticello" Chandelier, Murano, 1940
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier by Venini, Italy. Handblown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Chandelier "Reticello" Gold Inclusions Attributed to Seguso. Murano, 1940
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Six-arm chandelier gold inclusions, Italy. Hand blown glass using the ‘Reticello’ technique.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Set of Four Austrian Vintage Blown Glass Globes Ceiling Hanging Lights, 1960s
By Carlo Nason, Mazzega
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful set of four hand blown textured glass globes and brass pendant lights. Austria, 1960s. Glass globes: 3 x D: 6.3 in; 1 x D: 7.9 in.   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar, Mazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown textured bubble glass globe and brass pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass D 13.8 in, H 10 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-20th Pair Italian Triedri Glass Chandeliers, 265 trasparent Prism, Murano
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Pair Triedri Murano glass chandeliers, 265 trasparent prism A magnificent Murano glass chandelier, 265 pink triedri on crome frame. This large midcentury Italian chandelier is truly...
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Late 20th Century European Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Charming Italian Chandelier "Starfish", Murano, 1950s
By Venini
Located in Budapest, HU
Italian Murano chandelier with emerald drops.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Amazing Italian Chandelier "Royal Crown", Murano, 1950s
Located in Budapest, HU
Italian Murano chandelier of grandiose beauty.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

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

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

Art Deco Murano Glass Three-Light Grape Chandelier, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Murano glass three-light chandelier with cast iron and brass mounts, Italy, mid-20th century. Three brass hanging chains with colored and clear glass bunch of grapes form shades conn...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Iron

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

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

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

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

Large Designer Cascading Chandelier Murano Glass by Doria, Germany, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, DE
A special large cascading chandelier by Doria, manufactured in Germany, circa 1970s with 6 Murano ice glasses. Wonderful form and stunning light effect. Sockets: 6 x E14 small bulb...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Beige Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier in Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very elegant Sputnik brass chandelier featuring 20 lights, 20 solid brass rods ending with beige Murano glass bowls and brass rodes ending with an arrow. White lacquered steel cones....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Imposing Rare Barovier Fountain Chandelier, White Puligoso, 1930s, Murano Deco
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sophisticated chandelier from Ercole Barovier. A rare beautiful chandelier, the bottom bowl is in horizontal ribbed hand opened clear etched glass crowned by a set of 12 large and h...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Milk Glass, Murano Glass

1980s Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Two-Tone of Violet Polyhedron Murano Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
Murano polyhedron glasses designed by Carlo Scarpa. Four colors all together: dark violet and violet with a touch of amber and pink. 16 E14 light bulbs. Approximate weight 70 Kg.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

1 of 2 Murano Ball Pendant Light by Doria, Germany, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, DE
Doria ceiling light with large volcanic Murano glass ball. High quality of materials - gives a wonderful light effect when it is on. Heavy quality and in very good condition. Cle...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Pino Signoretto, Last Judgement Hyeronimus Bosch Chandelier
By Pino Signoretto
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This intriguing art piece comes from Pino Signoretto private collection. Owner said it was his favorite piece. I started looking closely at the piece and recognized a few elements th...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Elegant Chandelier in the Style of Venini ‘1970’
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant chandelier in Murano glass in the style of Venini.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Round Crystal Ice Glass Bowl by Doria, 1970s, Germany
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful glass bowl hanging lamp made in Germany in the 1970s. The light is made of Murano glass. It has an amazing transparent color and it is very solid. The top of the lamp is ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

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

Large Round White Crystal Ice Glass Bowl by Doria, 1970s, Germany
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A beautiful glass bowl hanging lamp made in Germany in the 1970s. The light is made of Murano glass. It has an amazing transparent color and it is very solid. The top of the lamp is ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Mazzega Chandelier in Murano Glass, circa 1960
By Mazzega
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful and rare Space Age pendant lamp by Mazzega, circa 1960, Murano, Italy in red and clear glass.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-20th Century Fine Italian Chandelier, Murano, 1940
Located in Budapest, HU
A show of porcelain flowers and esmeraldo drops. Bronze frame. Piece of extraordinary elegance.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, Frosted Carved Glass Leaves
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 41 hand blown transparent frosted carved glass leaves in a chrome frame. Period: 1970s-1980s Dimensions: 49.20 inches (125 cm) heigh...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Murano Chandelier, 26 Pink Glass Petals
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 26 glass petals (pink and white “lattimo”) in a chrome frame. Period: 1980s Dimensions: 47.250 inches (120 cm) height with chain, 23.62 in...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Barovier & Toso Mid-Century Modern Opaline Murano Glass Chandelier, 1972
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Murano, Venezia
Designed in 1972 by Barovier & Toso, this chandelier contains 65 opaline-colored elements. The chandelier can be reconditioned according to the country of destination. It has 10 lig...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Talian Vintage Murano Glass Chandelier, 38 Glasses, Blue and Trasparent
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Beautiful and huge Italian Murano chandelier composed of 38 splendid transparent and blue glasses that give a very elegant look. The glasses of this chandelier are real works of art....
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Toso Mid-Century Modern Crystal Ca' Rezzonico Murano Glass Chandelier, 1989
By Toso Vetri D'arte
Located in Murano, Venezia
Here is a beautiful chandelier designed in 1989 by Toso Murano. Very Classic, this chandelier is composed of eight Classic style arms, each with two swarosky stripes that go down, em...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Barovier & Toso Mid-Century Modern Amber Murano Glass Ceiling Chandelier, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Murano, Venezia
A very important ceiling lamp for its great size that reaches a diameter of 130 cm (inches 51.18). Composed of 32 glass elements called "Plates", in this beautiful ceiling light you...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Franco Luce Mid-Century Modern Crystal Murano Glass Chandelier Gocce, 1980
By Franco Luce
Located in Murano, Venezia
This is a very special ceiling lamp, articulated by 155 glass elements called, of course, for their shape, "drops". Numerous light bulbs are also required to illuminate a large amo...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

La Murrina Mid-Century Modern Crystal Amber Selle Murano Glass Chandelier, 1985
By La Murrina
Located in Murano, Venezia
A very elegant chandelier, with glass elements called "Selle". Designed by La Murrina in 1985, the chandelier in the picture consists in the repetition of 60 elements stained with an...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

La Murrina Mid-Century Modern Crystal White Selle Murano Glass Chandelier, 1988
By La Murrina
Located in Murano, Venezia
A very elegant chandelier, with glass elements called "Selle". Designed by La Murrina in 1988, the chandelier in the picture consists in the repetition of 109 elements stained with a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

One of Five Blue Murano Glass Pendant Lamps, circa 1980
By Murano 5
Located in Vienna, AT
One of five blue Murano glass pendant lamps, circa 1980. Priced per item. Beautiful Italian pendant lights from blue Murano glass. They are in good condition with no chips to the gla...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Large Mid-Century Modern Style Twelve-Arm Gold Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A stunning Italian midcentury style Venetian glass chandelier/pendant in gold glass. The piece evokes an ethereal presence of a poetic bouquet of flowers, with a harmonious sense of ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Italian Murano Franco Luce Art Glass and Gilt Brass Chandelier, Pair
By Franco Luce
Located in Coimbra, PT
Awesome pair of 1970s vintage Italian Murano Lily Calla art-hlass shades gilt chandelier and flower bouquet. Franco Luce Seguso chandelier with five handblown Murano glass leaves, wh...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Chandelier by Venini Art Glass VeArt, circa 1970
By Venini
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful and large pendant light in clear glass with green and amber tones attributed to Venini, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Sputnik chandelier surrounding 30 crystal glass 'triedri' prisms radiating from a centre black metal nucleus. Brass lamp holder. Period: late 20th century. Dimensions: 47.25 inches...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

  • Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
  • Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
  • Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
  • Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
H 47.25 in. Dm 29.53 in.
Murano Frosted Glass Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Murano chandelier, ceiling light in thick frosted glass. We have a pair.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

  • Murano Frosted Glass Chandelier
  • Murano Frosted Glass Chandelier
  • Murano Frosted Glass Chandelier
  • Murano Frosted Glass Chandelier
H 13.78 in. Dm 27.56 in.
Murano Glass Italian "Fireworks" Chandelier, 1959s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Fireworks is a Murano blown glass chandelier, designed in 1958. Inside the glass, gold leaf was introduced. Beautiful Murano chandelier with 9 flames. The mouth-blown Murano glass fl...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Polar Murano Glass Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of 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...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Murano Disc Chandelier by Vistosi, Murano, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular pair of chandelier by Vistosi made of 50 pink Murano discs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ercole Barovier Precious Murano Chandelier "Reticello" Venice, 1940s
By Ercole Barovier
Located in Rome, IT
Extraordinary chandelier by Ercole Barovier. A jewel hanging in the middle of the room.  Three E14 light bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1 of 2 Huge Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge mother of pearl colored Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandeliers. The chandeliers have a very impressing size and there are real eyecatchers in every room. The cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Mid Century Murano Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century murano chandelier available at 1stDibs. A mid century murano chandelier — often made from glass, murano glass and metal — can elevate any home. Find 5981 options for an antique or vintage mid century murano chandelier now, or shop our selection of 638 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century murano chandelier — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century murano chandelier made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century murano chandelier over the years, but those crafted by Mazzega Murano, Venini and Fabio Ltd are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Murano Chandelier?

Prices for a mid century murano chandelier start at $1 and top out at $135,901 with the average selling for $3,955.

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.

Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.