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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

Gio Ponti Brass Multi Cylinder Sconces, Italy 1970s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant in their simplicity these sconces can work in a formal or more casual interior. The variety of bulbs that can be used allows you to create dramatically different effects.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Fine 2-arm Italian iron sconces.
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of fine two-arm sconces created from hammered and forged iron. These Italian lights are most likely the work of a master blacksmith in the 19th century. Unwired, but can be wire...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Wall Lights and Sconces

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Wrought Iron

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

Pair of Italian Midcentury Style Grey and Purple Murano Sconces
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Superb pair of sconces made in brass, two purple Murano glass globes, amethyst color and a golden mercerized Murano glass globe.  
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Sconces Attributed to Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte
By Max Ingrand
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful pair of bevel cut and frosted glass sconces that have been rewired with American candelabra sockets.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Pair of White‚ Drop 1’ Wall Lamps by Marc Sadler for Arteluce, Italy, 1993
By Arteluce
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A pair of wall lamps by Marc Sadler for Arteluce made in Italy in 1993. The shade of the lamp is made of silicon and has a beautiful white color. The base is made of hard plastic.  
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Plastic, Silicone

Italian Modern Brass and Enamel Ludo Sconce, Reading Lamp by Blueprint Lighting
By Stilnovo, Arredoluce, Arteluce
Located in New York, NY
Enamel color may be specified with no additional lead time in most cases. Our standard enamel colors are shown in the final images--there is no additional lead time or cost for these...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Chrome, Nickel

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 Gaetano Sciolari Wall Lights
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great pair of geometric wall lights by Gaetano Sciolari with three nickel plated double candles.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

  • Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Wall Lights
  • Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Wall Lights
  • Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Wall Lights
  • Pair of Gaetano Sciolari Wall Lights
H 12 in. W 6.38 in. D 5 in.
Stunning Pair of Fontana Arte Sconces by Nathalie Grenon
By Fontana Arte, Nathalie Grenon
Located in New York, NY
Nathalie Grenon for Fontana Arte. A stunning pair of Fontana Arte glass and polished brass sconces, designed by Nathalie Grenon for Bulgari in 1990. Sold and priced as a pair Dimensi...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Pair of Alessandro Mendini "Cubosfera" Wall Lights
By Fidenza Vetraria, Alessandro Mendini
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Cubosfera" sconces designed by Alessandro Mendini for Fidenza Vetraria in the 1960s. The clear glass cubes have frosted spherical centres which hold two candelabra sockets. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of 1960s Seguso Murano Glass Wall Lights
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in New York, NY
An original pair of 1960s Space Age polished chrome wall lights with thick green glass round shades by the famed Murano glass maker, Seguso. Newly rewired.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Style Sconces with Black Metal Shades
Located in New York, NY
An impressive and large pair of contemporary Italian sconces in the style of the Classic designs of the period.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Sconce by Targetti Sankey, Italy, circa 1970
By Targetti Sankey
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age sconce in hand blown clear and dark blue Murano glass and chromed and lacquered (white) metal, manufactured by Targetti Sankey and still retaining the original label, circa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian "Star" Sconces, ITSO Gio Ponti, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Mid-Century Modern 5-light sconces in the style of Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte. Manufactured in brass and cut clear and light blue glass. These are made in cut crystal and brass. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Pair of Italian Vintage Wall Lights Sconces, 1960s
By Alessandro Sciolari
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful pair of modernist chrome and brass wall sconces. Italy, 1960s-1970s Lamp sockets: 3.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Chrome

Mazzega Mid-Century Modern Steel and Murano Glass Italian Sconce, 1960s
By AVMazzega, Mazzega
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This large wall or ceiling lamp, with support in steel and transparent Murano glass "Graniglia" hand blown with amber in the center, was made in the 1960s by Mazzega. The historic M...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian "Solar system" Sconces, ITSO Gio Ponti, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Mid-Century Modern 5-Light sconces in the style of Gio Ponti For fontana Arte. Manufactured in Brass and cut clear and light blue glass. The "Sun" and the cups next to the bulbs hav...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Italian Mid Century Murano Art Glass Sconces with Copper Finish 6 Available
Located in Encinitas, CA
Art Nouveau style Murano thick art glass with fern motif, circa 1970, recently fashioned masterfully into delightful candle sconces with copper finish fixture. UL wired. Ready to be...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Rectangular Italian Wall Light Signed by Stilnovo, circa 1950
By Stilnovo
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Two light, wall or flush mount lamp in brass, white lacquered metal body and frosted glass in the stamped in the back "Stilnovo ITALY", Italy, circa 1950. The brass has been polishe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Four of Mazzega Mid-Century Modern Steel and Murano Glass Italian Sconces, 1960s
By Mazzega, AVMazzega
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This set of four wall lamps with support in steel and Murano glass transparent "Graniglia" hand blown with amber at the center of each piece was made in the 1960s by Mazzega. The hi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Italian Vintage Sculptural Murano Glass Wall Flush Mount Sconce, 1960s
By Poliarte
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful large blown glass sconce by Poliarte. Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Pair of Italian Murano Glass Wall Sconces by Barovier & Toso, 1970
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of charming Murano glass sconces with brass fittings.   
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Italian Murano Glass Wall Sconces by Barovier & Toso, 1970
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of charming Murano glass sconces with brass fittings.  Two E27 light bulbs.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Murano Glass Palm Leaves Shell Wall Lights Sconces, Italy, 1960s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Berlin, DE
Nicely pair of Murano bubble glass and chrome sconces. Italy, 1960s-1970s Lamp sockets: 1.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

One of ... Italian Vintage Murano Glass and Brass Wall Light Sconce, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
One of ... handblown Murano glass and brass wall light sconce, Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Wall Lights Sconces Smoked Glass Italian Veca Midcentury, circa 1970
Located in FR
Pair of Italian midcentury smoked glass wall light sconces, circa 1970 Veca without label Eight alternating geometric shaped clear and black smoked glass in semi circular form on a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

One of ... Italian Vintage Murano Glass and Brass Wall Light Sconce, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
One of ... handblown murano glass and brass wall light / sconce. Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Sconces or Wall Lights by Barovier & Toso, 1970s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
An elegant pair of wall lights by Barovier & Toso, 1970s. 2 light bulbs E 14.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Large Wall Sconce Murano Flowers & Chrome Sputnik Venini for VeArt Italy 1960s
By VeArt, Paolo Venini
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Large Murano glass wall sconce by Paolo Venini for VeArt, Italy with 15 clear glass flowers on a Sputnik chrome frame. Amazing eye-catching pieces designed in the 1960s, Italy. Meas...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

1 of 6 Murano Glass and Brass Sconce or Wall Lamps
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful Murano glass and brass sconces or wall lamps or lights. The sconces come from a grand cafe in Treviso and they are in excellent condition. Two x E14 bulbs each. To be on t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Max Ingrand Sconces for Fontana Arte, Italy 1960s
Located in New York, NY
A Classic example of midcentury simplicity by one of the great designers of Italian lighting.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel, Brass

Monumental Pair of Vintage Murano Wall Sconce, 41 Amber Quadriedri
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge and fantastic pair of vintage Murano wall sconce made by 41 Murano crystal prism (quadriedri) for each applique in a chrome metal frame. The shape of this sconce is spiral. The ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Monumental Pair of Vintage Murano Wall Sconce, 41 Transparent Quadriedri, Elena
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge and fantastic pair of vintage Murano wall sconce made by 41 Murano crystal prisms (quadriedri) for each applique in a chrome metal frame. The shape of this sconce is spiral. The...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Monumental Pair of Vintage Murano Wall Sconce, 41 Multi-Color Quadriedri, Maria
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge and fantastical pair of vintage Murano wall sconce made by 41 Murano crystal prism (quadriedri) for each applique in a chrome metal frame. The shape of this sconce is spiral. Th...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Monumental Pair of Vintage Murano Wall Sconce, 41 Multi-Color Quadriedri, Maria
By Venini
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Huge and fantastica pair of vintage Murano wall sconce made by 41 Murano crystal prism (quadriedri) for each applique in a chrome metal frame. The shape of this sconce is spiral. The...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Midcentury Italian Dark Grey and Brass Reading Light Sconce, 1950s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant 1950s midcentury wall lamp / light fixture was designed and manufactured in Italy. The wall light has got a dark grey lacquered shade, brass adjustable lamp arm and b...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

Italian Modern Midcentury Long Pair of Brass and Glass Sconces
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This pair of wall lights features nine lights each. Each vertical arm is finished with a double sided glass, circled in brass ring. All glass pieces gave a lenses shape and show qua...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Four Sconces in the Style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Four sconces with hand-sculpted glass Verde Nilo in the style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of sconces in the Style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Pair of sconces with hand-sculpted glass Verde Nilo in the style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Sconces in the Style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970
By Fontana Arte
Located in Budapest, HU
Four sconces with hand-sculpted glass Verde Nilo in the style of Fontana Arte, Italy, 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Twenty Midcentury Wall Lights Scones with Amber Glass and Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of twenty wall lights with amber glass and brass, Italy, 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones will contribute to a luxurious character of t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Modern Italian Pink and Clear Murano Glass Leave Wall Lights, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Lovely pink and clear Murano glass scones, each with three precious hand blown glass leaves on the white painted frame. Warm light effect. Two E 27 lights bulbs wired for your coun...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Pair of Midcentury Teak and Opaque Glass Wall Lamps Stilnovo Attributed, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A pair of Italian wall lamps made in the 1960s attributed to Stilnovo. It is fascinating with its rare glass shape. The body of the lamp is beautiful teak wood. The light require...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Opaline Glass, Teak

Four La Murrina Midcentury Italian Wall Lamps in Murano Glass and Brass, 1960s
By La Murrina
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
These four wall lamps produced by the famous Muranese company "La Murrina" are composed of 7 leaves each, marked one by one with the Murrina logo, see photo. " If you like it please...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Barovier Murano Glass Rectangular Vanity Sconce
By Ercole Barovier
Located in New York, NY
1 rectangular form sconce with gold glass inclusions and brass fittings. Rewired for use in the USA. Sconce utilizes four candelabra type bulbs.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Pair of Cubist Style Sconces by Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in New York, NY
Pair of brass and glass sconces by Sciolari. The rectangle brass plates each support two glass cube blocks, and they have been newly rewired.   
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Pair of Cubist Style Sconces by Sciolari
  • Pair of Cubist Style Sconces by Sciolari
  • Pair of Cubist Style Sconces by Sciolari
  • Pair of Cubist Style Sconces by Sciolari
H 9.5 in. W 4.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Sconces, 1970s
By Vistosi
Located in Rome, IT
The 15 discs of precious Murano glass are arranged on three levels. Three lights. Four pairs available.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

  • Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Sconces, 1970s
  • Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Sconces, 1970s
  • Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Sconces, 1970s
  • Pair of Vistosi Disc Murano Sconces, 1970s
H 11.82 in. W 19.69 in. D 11.82 in.
Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Gorgeous sconce by Barovier e Toso. Words are not needed, just look at them.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
  • Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
  • Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
  • Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
H 24.81 in. W 8.67 in. D 9.45 in.
Pair of Sconces by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Gorgeous pair of sconces by Barovier e Toso. Words are not needed, just look at them.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Charming Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Gorgeous sconce by Barovier e Toso. Words are not needed, just look at them.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Black Asymmetrical Sconces w/White Opaline Glass Boules
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
The pair comprehends one left & one right sconce, late 20th century. Three E14 light bulbs each. Black painted body. The glass white boules are held in place with two brass clips.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Triedri Sconces, Clear Glass, Murano, Four Sets Available, New Hardware
By Venini, Carlo Nason, Franco Luce
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
An interesting couple of triedri curved sconces. Measures: 40 cms/16" in height. This curving requires professional and skilled makers as the benting of the triedri was made keeping ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

Fabulous Pair of Sconces 24-Karat Gold by Barovier and Toso, Murano, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Gorgeous pair of sconces by Barovier & Toso.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Midcentury Pair of Sconces 24-Karat Gold by Barovier & Toso, Murano, 1980s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Gorgeous pair of sconces 24-karat gold by Barovier & Toso.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of White Murano Glass and Brass Sconces, Iridescent and Pearly Cylinder
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Exquisite pair of geometric brass structure holding iridescent and pearly Murano glass cylinder. Their color turn to white when the light is on. Very elegant shape and colors.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Signed Large Pair Barovier Leaf Sconces Gilt Brass Murano Glass Ivory White Gold
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Elegant large pair of Barovier & Toso mouth-blown Murano art glass sconces, Italy, circa 1970s. The wall lights have a beautiful floral leaf shape made of creamy opaque white or ivor...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Midcentury Italian Wall Sconce with Wire Mesh, 1960s
By Jacques Biny
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This unusual sconce is made of an acrylic shade and an orange wire mesh mount. It was made in Italy during the 1960s in a style similar to Jacques Biny and Pierre Gauriche.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Mid-Century Wall Sconce with Murano Crystal Drops by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern wall lamp decorated with crystal cones. Made circa 1970, Italy. Design by Paolo Venini (1895-1959). The lamp is hung with two color prism shaped cones, c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal

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Midcentury Italian Wall Sconces For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of midcentury Italian wall sconces available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct midcentury Italian wall sconces — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. Find 7022 antique and vintage midcentury Italian wall sconces at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 418 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Midcentury Italian wall sconces have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Midcentury Italian wall sconces made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — are very popular at 1stDibs. Stilnovo, Barovier&Toso and Fontana Arte each produced beautiful midcentury Italian wall sconces that are worth considering.

How Much are Midcentury Italian Wall Sconces?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $2,409, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $964,920 highest priced.

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 Wall Lights and Sconces for You

From the kitchen to the bedroom and everywhere in between, there is one major part of home decor that you definitely want to master: lighting. It’s no longer merely practical — carefully selected wall lights and sconces can do wonders in establishing mood and highlighting your distinctive personality.

We’re a long way from the candelabra-inspired chandeliers of the medieval era. Lighting designers have been creating and reinventing lighting solutions for eons. Because of the advancements crafted by these venturesome makers, we now have the opportunity to bring unique, customizable lighting solutions into our homes. It’s never been easier to create dramatic bedrooms, cozy kitchen areas and cheerful bars than it is today. Think of an elegant wall sconce as functional as well as a work of art, adding both light and style to your hallways, whimsical kids’ rooms and elsewhere.

When choosing a lighting solution, first determine what your needs are: Will you opt for a moody or a bright feel? The room that will serve as your home office will need adequate lighting — think “the brighter, the better” for this particular setting. For the bedroom, bedside wall lamps with warm-temperature bulbs could be the way to go to induce a sense of calm or intimacy. Try to match the style of the wall light or sconce that you’re installing to the overall design scheme of your room. It’s never “just a light.” You should approach the lighting of a room with a mindset that is one part practical and one part aesthetics-driven.

Let 1stDibs help you set the mood with the right wall lights and sconces for your home. Our collection includes every kind of fixture, from sculptural works by Austrian craftsman J.T. Kalmar to chic industrial-style wall sconces, from adjustable painted aluminum wall lamps designed by Artemide to a wide variety of minimalist mid-century modern masterpieces.