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Large German Vintage Blown Glass Globe Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Mazzega, J.T. Kalmar, 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

Barovier & Toso Multi-Color Murano Flower Glass Ceiling Light, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Barovier & Toso Murano flower glass ceiling light, 1950s. Basket consists more 200 flowers Murano glass. Available also a pair of extraordinary scones published with a reference num...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Aquamarine and Ice Murano Glass Flowers Basket Ceiling Light by Barovier & Toso
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping crystal flowers, Aquamarine and ice, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Aquamarine and Ice Murano Glass Flowers Basket Ceiling Light by Barovier & Toso
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping crystal flowers, Aquamarine and ice, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Large German Blown Glass Ceiling or Wall Light Flush Mount, 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare Art Deco style hand blown glass flush mount. Germany, 1960s Lamp sockets: 2x E27 (US E26).   
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Iron

Multicolor Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: Height ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Pair of Barovier e Toso Venetian Flower Glass Ceiling Light, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
This amazing pair of basket is made of dozen of precious Murano flowers glasses. 6 x 100 watt lights.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pink and Ice Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light by Barovier & Toso
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping crystal flowers, pink and ice, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: Height...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Limburg Pair of Square Iron Rings Glass Flush Mount Ceiling or Wall Light, 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Pair of 'new old stock' square iron rings and glass flush mount light or sconce by Glashütte Limburg, Germany, circa 1965. Featuring thick heavy blown glass with concaved round iron"...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Pair of Pink Murano Curvati Ceiling Light or Flush Mount, 1990
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing pink Murano glass chandelier or ceiling light with four layers of curving “triedri” glass prisms on an octagonal brass frame. A dynamic form, changing as you move around it, ...
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20th Century Italian Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

German 1960s Blown Glass Flush Ceiling Light
Located in New York, NY
A decorative 1960s white enameled wood flush ceiling fixture with a heavy textured blown glass Murano shade. Three-light sockets.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Glass, Wood

Big Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Light, Hand Blown Glass, Czech, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Big Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Light, Hand Blown Glass, Czech, 1960s
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Rare German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown white matte glass and chrome pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass/glass D 12.5 in, H 9.5 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Chandelier Pendant Ceiling Light, 1960s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful large chandelier with blown Murano glass tubes. Germany, 1960s Lamp sockets: 20
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

1950s Murano Tronchi Ceiling Light Clear Smoked Amber Blown Glass Components
By Barovier&Toso
Located in London, GB
A stunning, beautiful and very elegant midcentury ceiling light Tubi Irregolari multi-color blown Murano glass "tronchi" components amber, clear and smoked on a metal structure. In t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Rare Large German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Hanging Pendant Light, 1960s
By Paolo Venini, Carlo Nason
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful hand blown multi-color glass and black lacquered metal pendant. Germany, 1960s. Measures: Glass/body D 13.8 in, H 13.8 in Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Austrian Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Light Pendant or Flush Mount, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting, Mazzega
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful midcentury handblown textured Murano glass pendant or flush mount by JT Kalmar for Franken KG. Austria, 1960s. Lamp sockets: One E27 (US E26). Height (Body): 9.85 in.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling or Wall Light Flushmount, 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful Art Deco style hand blown glass flushmount. Germany, 1960s Lamp sockets: E27 (US E26).      
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Iron

NOS Minimalist German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling Pendant Light 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful clear glass and black lacquered metal pendant light in the Art Dèco style. Germany, 1960s. Sockets: One E27 (US 1x E26). Height (body): 12 In (30 cm) NOS. This light is...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Etro Home Interiors Hatha 2-Light Ceiling Lamp in White Frost Blown Glass
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
2-light ceiling lamp with shades in white frost blown glass. Metal ceiling rose and details in gold finishing. Cable in gold fabric. Ø 30 H 38 (+ cable)
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

1970s Vistosi Disc Ceiling Light Blue and Smoke Blown Glass Components Murano
By Venini
Located in London, GB
A very attractive Vistosi Disc ceiling light, blown Murano glass disk shaped components Aqua Blue and Bullicante Technique on a chromed steel structure. 10 light bulbs. Adjustable h...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Flash Mount Ceiling / Wall Light Murano Emerald Green Textured Blown Disc Glass
Located in London, GB
A very beautiful flash mount ceiling or wall light blown Murano emerald green textured glass discs components mounted on a brass structure Italian design made in Murano Italy. This p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Large German Vintage Blown Glass Ceiling or Wall Light Flush Mount 1960s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful large handblown glass flush mount. Germany, 1960s. Lamp sockets: 2x E27 (US E26)
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Iron

Midcentury Orrefors Carl Fagerlund Ceiling Light with Hand Blown Green Glass
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Langserud, SE
Well-made ceiling light with hand blown green glass. Nice details of brass and clear crystal glass cylinder. Designed by Carl Fagerlund and manufactured by Orrefors circa 1960s-1970...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Ceiling Light with Brass Frame and Large Hand Blown Glass Globe 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury hotel ceiling or floor lights with brass frame and large hand blown glass. The lights are beautifully thanks to the hand blown glass. The pleasant light it spreads is very...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Ceiling Light with Brass Frame and Large Hand Blown Glass Globe 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Almelo, NL
Large hotel ceiling light with brass frame and large hand blown glass. This light is beautifully thanks to the handblown glass and brass fixture. This light were originally founded a...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Multicolor Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. available also a pai...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Murano Glass Ceiling Light from Kalmar, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Rijssen, NL
This large ceiling lamp was designed and manufactured by J. T. Kalmar, Austria, circa 1960. It takes 16 bulbs and features eight handmade solid glass elements made from Murano glass....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Chrome

Handblown Murano Glass Ceiling Light by Mazzega
By AVMazzega
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century flush mount ceiling fixture by Mazzega made of a large handblown bowl held by a metal frame. The ceiling fixture projects and warm light through the clear glass a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Pulsar Ceiling Light
By Gaspare & Vittorio Asaro, Esperia
Located in New York, NY
The pulsar ceiling light is composed of twenty-eight brass rings, seven of which hold blown glass shades. Each glass has a white layer to hide the light bulb and is infused with bubb...
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2010s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Pulsar Ceiling Light
  • Pulsar Ceiling Light
  • Pulsar Ceiling Light
  • Pulsar Ceiling Light
H 26 in. Dm 32 in.
Monumental Contemporary Italian Murano Glass Triedi Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular and large ceiling light with a myriad of handmade Murano glass "Triedi" with a fabulous light effect. Bold contemporary form ideal for luxurious interiors. 24 x E 27 li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Luxurious Contemporary Italian Murano Glass Triedi Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular and large ceiling light with a myriad of handmade Murano glass "Triedi" with a fabulous light effect. Bold contemporary form ideal for luxurious interiors. 16 x E 27 lig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Monumental Contemporary Italian Murano Glass Triedi Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular and large ceiling light with a myriad of handmade Murano glass "Triedi" with a fabulous light effect. Bold contemporary form ideal for luxurious interiors. 24 x E 27 li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Fabulous Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flushmount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. The structure is plated with gold. 18 lights spread a magical light. Measures: diameter 156...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Fabulous Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flushmount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. The structure is plated with gold. 18 lights spread a magical light. Measures: diameter 156...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Multi-Color Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. available also a pai...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Glass Ceiling or Wall Light Flushmount
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful vintage hand blown white opal and rose-salmon glass flushmount. Italy, 1980s-1990s Lamp sockets: 1x E27 (US E26).    
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Wonderful Large Murano Glass Chandelier or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing chandelier with 50 petals white hand blown glass by Murano. Measures: height with chain cm 90, (31.5 in.) without chain cm54 (21 in.) diameter cm 70 (28 in.) Ten E27 ligh...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Fabulous Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flushmount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. The structure is plated with gold. 18 lights spread a magical light. Measures: diameter 156...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Multicolor Flower Glass Ceiling Light, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
This amazing flower basket is made of dozen of precious Murano flowers glasses. Pink, yellow, blu, light blu and Ice color handblown flowers. Available a pair and also a pair of ext...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Italian 1970s Large Glass Globe Ceiling Mount Light
By AVMazzega
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1970s ceiling mount light fixture. Large hand blown glass shade in clear with amber circular design. Made in Murano, Italy, circa 1970. Brass polished and lacquered. Rewired....
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Turquoise and Clear Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
This striking chandelier is composed by 78 blue turquoise and ice color Murano glass 'Tronchi' by 20 cm high. Available also the pair.  
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Multi-Color Venetian Flower Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
This amazing pair of basket is made of dozen of precious Murano multi-color flower glasses. 6 x E 14 light bulbs. Available also a pair of sconces.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Fabulous Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flush Mount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. The structure is plated with gold. 18 lights spread a magical light. Measures: diameter 156...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
By form A, Gaspare & Vittorio Asaro
Located in New York, NY
The Riccio ceiling light harmoniously balances the linear details of its intersecting arms and polygonal canopy, with the organic form of its glass shades, handblown in the Rostrato ...
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2010s Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
H 24 in. W 58 in. D 24 in.
Monumental Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flush Mount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. Gold plated frame with 18 E 27 bulbs spread a magical light. Available also a pair. By Ga...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Blown Glass

Multi-Color Murano Flower Glass Big Ceiling Light, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Barovier e Toso style Murano flower glass ceiling light, 1950s. Basket consists more 200 flowers Murano glass. Available also a pair of extraordinary scones published with a referen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Italian Murano Glass Ceiling Light by Barovier & Toso, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Italian Murano glass ceiling fixture by Barovier & Toso, 1950.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Smoke and Clear Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
This striking chandelier is composed by 78 smoke and ice color Murano glass 'Tronchi' by 20 cm high. Ten E 27 light bulbs . Height without chain( cm 60 )inches 23,60 with chai...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Pair of Multi-Color Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: Height ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Striking Pair of Large Murano Glass Chandelier or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing chandelier with 50 petals white hand blown glass by Murano. Measures: height with chain cm 90, (31.5 in.) without chain cm54 (21 in.) diameter cm 70 (28 in.) Ten E27 ligh...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
By form A, Gaspare & Vittorio Asaro
Located in New York, NY
The Riccio ceiling light harmoniously balances the linear details of its intersecting arms and polygonal canopy, with the organic form of its glass shades, handblown in the Rostrato ...
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2010s Italian Organic Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
  • Riccio Ceiling Light by form A
H 24 in. W 58 in. D 24 in.
Striking Pair of Large Murano Glass Chandelier or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing chandelier with 50 petals white hand blown glass by Murano. Measures: height with chain cm 90, (31.5 in.) without chain cm54 (21 in.) diameter cm 70 (28 in.) Ten E27 ligh...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Monumental Italian Gold Leaves Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flushmount
Located in Rome, IT
This striking ceiling light is realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves with gold intrusion. Gold-plated frame with 18 E 27 bulbs sp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Blown Glass

Pair of Multi-Color Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: Height ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Monumental Italian Gold Leaves Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Flushmount
Located in Rome, IT
This striking ceiling light is realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves with gold intrusion. Gold-plated frame with 18 E 27 bulbs sp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Blown Glass

Pair of Multi-Color Flowers Basket Murano Glass Ceiling Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern hand blown Italian flush mount chandelier featuring overlapping multi-color crystal flowers, mounted on a webbed white painted frame. Measures: Height ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Flush Mount Starburst Ceiling Light Brass and Glass, in Stock
Located in Miami, FL
Contemporary flush mount starburst ceiling light in polished brass and matte glass Features 12 oblong shape matte globes Stunning design from all angles Available to view in situ ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Italian Murano Glass Ice Leaves Ceiling Light or Flushmount, 1970
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Murano glass ceiling light, made of precious hand blown ice leaves glasses, has the look of a precious big flower. Cleaned and re-wired, in full working order and ready to u...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Blown Glass

Fabulous Italian Murano Glass Monumental Ceiling Light or Flush Mount
Located in Rome, IT
Realized in pure Murano glass, each chandelier consists of an incredible number of leaves. Gold plated frame with 18 E 27 bulbs spread a magical light. Available also a pair . By Ga...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Blown Glass

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Modern Ceiling Light Blown Glass For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of modern ceiling light blown glass you’re looking for. An item from our selection of modern ceiling light blown glass — often made from glass, blown glass and metal — can elevate any home. There are 119 variations of the antique or vintage choice in our collection of modern ceiling light blown glass you’re looking for, while we also have 28 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without an object in our assortment of modern ceiling light blown glass — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An option in this array of modern ceiling light blown glass, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one piece of modern ceiling light blown glass that is appealing in its simplicity, but Barovier&Toso, Glashütte Limburg and Carl Fagerlund produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Modern Ceiling Light Blown Glass?

A piece of modern ceiling light blown glass can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $4,326, while the lowest priced sells for $340 and the highest can go for as much as $36,460.

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 Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.