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Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Jens Harald Quistgaard, Four "Hygge" Light Holders for Teacandles, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens Harald Quistgaard. Four "Hygge" light holders for teacandles in dark green art glass. Retro, 1960's. Stamped: IHQ. Manufactured by Dansk Designs. In very good condition. Mea...
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1960s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass

"the Nordic" Candleholder in High Polished Brass, Singular
Located in Pasadena, CA
Inspired by the creators' Scandinavian heritage, "The Nordic" candleholder is the ultimate minimalistic chameleon perfectly blending into any environment. The high polished solid bra...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

"the Nordic" Candleholder in High Polished Brass, Quadruple
Located in Pasadena, CA
Inspired by the creators' Scandinavian heritage, "The Nordic" candleholder is the ultimate minimalistic chameleon perfectly blending into any environment. The high polished solid bra...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Candlestick Probably Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare candlestick by unknown designer. Probably produced in Sweden.
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Hugo Asmussen Tear Drop Candlesticks in 24 Carat Gold Plating, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large set of organically teardrop shaped 24-carat gold-plated candleholders was designed by Hugo Asmussen. This particular set were manufactured by Asmussen in Denmark in the 1970s. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Gold Plate, Brass

Rare Pierre Forssell for Skultuna Solid Brass Candlesticks, 1960s, Sweden
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning, modernist brass / bronze candlesticks designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden. Stamped with makers mark.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Candlesticks
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian candlesticks in brass and rosewood.
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Rosewood

Tore Eldh, Swedish Silversmith, a Pair of Modernist Candlesticks in Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tore Eldh, Swedish silversmith. A pair of modernist candlesticks in silver. Mid-20th century. Measures: 16 x 8.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver

Wiwen Nilsson Lund, Sweden, a Pair of Modernist Candlesticks
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wiwen Nilsson Lund, Sweden (b. 1897, d. 1974). A pair of modernist candlesticks in silver. Dated 1963. Measures: 13 x 3 cm. In excellent condition. One with slight wear. Stamped.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Silver

Set of 3 Gunnar Ander Brass and Glass Flowers Candleholder Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful set of 3 Gunnar Ander candleholder for Ystad Metall, Sweden Delicate blue glass flowers and patinated gold-plated brass stems.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Wall Candleholders by Pierre Forssell, Skultuna, Sweden, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Pierre Forsell designed brass pendel wall appliques. Rarer version with bobeche. Made by Skultuna, Sweden, circa 1965. In beautiful original patinated condition. Stamped with makers ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Tall Brass Danish Candlesticks & Vases by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Design
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful pair of tall elegant candlesticks by Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard that can be turned into a vase by turning the candle cups off and place the candle sticks up sid...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Norwegian Brass Candleholder Three Arms with Green Glass Colseth 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Mid-century Norwegian brass candle holder with light green glass shades placed on three levels - by Colseth Norway 1960s. Oval shaped and removable glass shades. The candle holder ha...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Six Pcs, Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass Candleholders, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Six small candleholders in solid brass designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, model “Strix” L92.   
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Designer Scandinavian Modern Crystal Candlestick Holders, Sweden, Set of 3
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of three (3) of Scandinavian Modern clear crystal candlestick holders by designer Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda, Sweden. With maker's mark, designers signature, and num...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Crystal

Lovely Brass Candleholder Pair by Lars Holmström, 1960s, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely mid-century brass candlestick holders by Swedish designer Lars Holmström, Arvika, Sweden 1960s. The candleholders are both beautiful, classic, unique and takes is stunning on ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Scandinavian Brass Midcentury Candle Holders, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of two solid brass Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design candle holders, Denmark 1950 c.a. Please note that the items are original of the period and this shows normal signs of ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Swedish Brass Candlesticks by BCA Eskilstuna, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Organic shaped polished brass candlesticks designed by K.E. Ytterberg for BCA Eskilstuna in Sweden during the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda, Candlestick in Cast Iron and Mouth Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Erik Höglund for Kosta Boda. Candlestick in cast iron and mouth-blown art glass. 1960s / 70s. Measures: 35 x 13 cm. In excellent condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass

19 Iittala Candle Holders for Tealights in Art Glass. Marimekko. 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
19 Iittala candle holders for tealights in art glass. Marimekko. 20th century. Measures: 6.5 x 6 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass

19 Iittala Candle Holders for Tealights in Art Glass, Marimekko, 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
19 Iittala candle holders for tealights in art glass. Marimekko, 20th century. Measures: 6.5 x 6 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass

Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Two Candlesticks in Hand-Painted Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006), Denmark. Two candlesticks in hand-painted glazed ceramics. Dated 1970. Measures: 20.5 x 10.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic

Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Candlestick in Brass and Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall. Candlestick in brass and mouth-blown art glass shaped like flowers. 1950s. Measures: 20.5 x 13.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Large Modernist Candleholder, Patinated Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large candlestick or candleholder, designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. Features intricate ornamentation. Also features the coat of arms of Swedish city Oskarshamn, suggesting t...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Swedish, Candle Holder, Steel, Glass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A candle holder. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. In steel and glass.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Steel

Scandinavian Modern Art Glass Candlestick Holders, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial pair of Scandinavian Modern art glass candlestick holders with a controlled bubble design, circa 1960s, Scandinavia. White end table shown also availa...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Pair of Just Andersen Pewter Candlesticks
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of pewter candlesticks, circa 1955, by Danish Metal-smith Just Andersen. Candlesticks stand 6 1/2" tall x 14 1/4" wide x 3" deep. Fully signed.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Pewter

Brass Candelabra by Kee Mora, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Solid polished brass candelabra. Manufactured by Kee Mora in Sweden during the 1950s. Suitable for large candles (2cm diameter).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Norwegian Candleholder Set of Three on a Brass Plate by Saulo, Sulitjelma, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Decorative Norwegian brass and stone candleholder set with three candlelights on a brass dish. Underneath a blue padded fabric base labeled with: made in Norway by Saulo AS in Sulitj...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Stone, Brass

Ivar Åhlenius Björk, Ystad Metal Brass Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Swedish modern brass candlesticks designed by Ivar Ahlenius Bjork for Ystad. Stamped.
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20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Three Art Deco Pewter Candlesticks Signed by Nils Fougstedt and Made 1937
Located in Stockholm, SE
Three elegant, functionalist Art Deco pewter candlesticks by Nils Fougstedt made 1937. Embossed stripes around the sphere. Signed and stamped Nils Fougstedt and FAK, L8, Svenskt Tenn...
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1930s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Pewter

Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov Scandinavian Brass Candleholders, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Set of four Mid-Century Modern design solid brass Scandinavian candleholders designed by Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov with engraved manufacturer logo, Denmark, circa 1950. Please n...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Max Brüel for Torben Orskov Scandinavian Brass Candleholders, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Pair of solid brass Mid-Century Modern design Scandinavian candleholders designed by Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov with engraved manufacturer logo, Denmark, circa 1950. Please note ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Swedish Vintage Wooden Three Arm Candelabra by Stig Johnsson, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Large Swedish midcentury modern solid pine wood candelabra. Designed by Stig Johnsson and manufactured in the 1960s by Smålandsslöjd in the small Swedish town of Värnamo. Handmade wi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Metal

Danish Pair of Brass Brutalist Wall Candleholders by Holm-Sørensen, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely candle light holder pair of Brutalist wall lights designed in the 1960s by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen for company Holm Sørensen & Co. Denmark. Wall candle holders with an aci...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Ivar Ålenius Björk for Ystad Metal, Liljan Brass Candlestick, Swedish Design
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ivar Ålenius Björk for Ystad metal. Liljan brass candlestick. Swedish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 22 x 12 cm. In very good condition with minor wear. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Set of Brass and Glass Candleholders by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of ten brass and glass candleholders by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Cool play between the slender stems and bulbous glass shades. Red, clear, smoke, pale blue and green colored shades. ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

1960s Pair of Danish Hans Bolling Brass Candlesticks by T. Orskov
Located in Knebel, DK
Pair of Danish brass candlesticks designed by Hans Bølling and manufactured by Torben Ørskov in the 1960s with manufacturer's mark on each base. The candlesticks are in good vinta...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Brass and Chrome Candlesticks by Englesson, Sweden, Set of 9
Located in Stockholm, SE
Group of 9 candlesticks, suitable for tea light candles. Manufactured by Englesson in Sweden during the 1970s. Made from brass and chrome-plated metal. Engraved underneath. ...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

Crystal Glass and Iron Candleholder by Willy Johansson, Norway, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely crystal glass and cast iron candleholder by Norwegian designer Willy Johansson for Hadeland Glassverk in Norway 1970s. The candleholders are made of crystal glass and named ...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Brass Wave Shaped Candleholder by Lars Holmström for Svensk Tenn 1950s, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely circular midcentury brass candleholder with wave shaped design for seven candles by Lars Holmström, Arvika for Svensk Tenn, Sweden, 1950s. Suitable for thinner light candle st...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swedish Candlesticks in Brass
Located in Madrid, ES
Rare pair of bass candlesticks, Swedish, 1950s design.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Vintage Scandinavian Candlesticks in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of solid brass candlesticks manufactured in Scandinavia during the 1960s. The candlesticks are to be fitted with regular sixed candles. They have not been polished recently an...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Gold-Plated Candleholders by Hugo Asmussen, Denmark, Set of 3
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of three gold-plated candleholders designed by Hugo Asmussen, produced by Asmussen in Denmark during the 1970s. Drop shaped candlesticks with 24-carat gold plating. Engraved u...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Gold Plate, Brass

Johnny Mattsson Candlesticks Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
A pair of candlesticks designed by Johnny Mattsson. Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Pine

Jens Harald Quistgaard Candlestick Produced by Dansk in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Candlestick designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard. Produced by Dansk in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass, Steel

Brass Candleholder Pair by Hans Bølling for Torben Ørskov & Co, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of lovely and steady brass candlestick holders named 'Fanfare' by designer Hans Bølling for Torben Ørskov & Co, Denmark, 1950s. Nice trumpet shaped design. Lovely on the table o...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Vintage Danish Ceramics by Helge Bjufstrøm for Michael Andersen, 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish ceramics by Helge Bjufstrøm for Michael Andersen, 1960s Set of two candleholders and a small bowl made on the Danish island of Bornholm by Michael Andersen & Søn. Mid...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic

Pair of Tapio Wirkkala Modern Candlesticks
Located in Lambertville, NJ
These 2 glass candlesticks are designed by Tapio Wirkkala is called Model 3412. The object is a Classic manufactured by the Finnish workshop Iittala. The pieces is from the 1960s an...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Glass

Pair of Candlesticks Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of candlesticks designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1950s. Polished brass with lacquer. Measures: H 30 cm/ 11 7/8" Diameter: 9.8 cm/ 3 7/8".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Danish Modern Candleholders, Off-White / Ivory Pottery and Teak Base
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Danish candleholders / candlesticks. Fluted ivory ceramic with solid teak base. Beautifully understated pair. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Free and fast shipping to the Cont...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Ceramic, Teak

Bengt Edenfalk Candlesticks / Vases Produced by Skruf in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
A pair of candlesticks / vases designed by Bengt Edenfalk. Produced by Skruf in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Glass

Pair of 1960's Scandinavian Brass Candle Holders
Located in London, GB
Pair of magnificent 1960's candle holders with perforated diffuser for regular candles. High quality engineering in brass, possible designed for a church altar. They are in style of ...
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov, Five Hi-Fi Brass Candlesticks, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov. Five Hi-Fi brass candlesticks. Danish design, 1960s. Measures: 13 x 8.5 cm. In good condition. Stamped.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov, a Pair of Hi-Fi Candlesticks in Brass, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Max Brüel for Torben Ørskov. A pair of Hi-Fi candlesticks in brass. Danish design, 1960s. Measures: 27 x 9 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Pair of Swedish Cast Iron Candlesticks Designed by Sigurd Persson for Kockums
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of imposing cast iron candelabras by Sigurd Persson. Made in a cool, distinct design with four candleholders in each. Price is for the pair.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Iron

Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 2 Candleholder, Model L-95, Markaryd, Sweden, 1950s
Located in DE
A nice set of 2 brass and colored blue glass candleholder by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1950s. Great condition, no chips to the glasses, no dents to the brass. Signed to the unders...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Brass

Danish Modern White Holmegaard Cased Candlestick Holder
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic Danish modern mouth-blown Art Glass candlestick holder that will be a gorgeous pop of color in your decor excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Candlesticks

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Blown Glass